SPIE has adopted a new open-access publishing program that supports the needs of authors seeking open-access publication, including authors affected by new rules from the Research Councils UK (RCUK).
The RCUK recently expanded the scope of its open-access policy. Other public funding agencies and some employers around the world have implemented or are considering similar policies.
“New articles published in SPIE journals for which authors opt to pay modest voluntary page charges are open access in the SPIE Digital Library immediately on publication,” says SPIE Publications Director Eric Pepper. “We have chosen to adopt ‘gold’ open access with a Creative Commons CC-BY license.”
SPIE asks payment of $100 per published journal page for two-column journals or $60 per published page for single-column journals.
This is less than half the article-processing charge required by most open-access journals.
SPIE adopted the new policy in part to help authors satisfy funding-agency and employer requirements that their articles be open access.
The new program also responds to growing author interest in expanding the reach of their research.
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