Research articles by authors at Max Planck Society institutes that are published in SPIE journals will be open access per a new agreement with SPIE under which Max Planck will pay open-access fees for articles submitted by researchers at its institutes to any of the 10 SPIE journals.
SPIE journals are part of the SPIE Digital Library, which contains more than 400,000 articles from SPIE peer-reviewed journals, conference proceedings, and books. Abstracts are freely searchable, and an increasing number of full journal articles are published with open access.
"As a not-for-profit educational society with the goal of disseminating knowledge as broadly as possible, we are delighted that the Max Planck Society has chosen this way to participate in our open-access program," said Eric Pepper, director of publications for SPIE.
"We highly value our long-standing relationship as a publisher with researchers in optics and photonics at Max Planck Institutes, and look forward to being able to provide that important work even more broadly. We congratulate the Max Planck Society for this generous support of our shared mission to propagate scientific knowledge throughout the world."
An author-choice open access publishing program for journals launched last year by SPIE has met with strong participation from authors, considerably increasing the volume of freely accessible, peer-reviewed optics and photonics research literature as a result.
The agreement with Max Planck Digital Library provides a valuable new source of even more open-access scientific literature, Pepper said.
The SPIE program allows authors to have their journal articles open access immediately on publication in one of SPIE's journals.
Authors retain copyright through a Creative Commons CC-BY license.