Author Choice, Open Access

The new publishing program for SPIE journals is increasing the quantity of freely accessible, peer-reviewed optics and photonics research literature. Web-only bonus content.

01 January 2014

The author-choice open-access publishing program for SPIE journals is gaining strong participation from authors and increasing the quantity of freely accessible, peer-reviewed optics and photonics research literature.

“More than six times as many authors are choosing open-access publication in SPIE journals since the launch of our ‘gold’ open access program in 2013,” says Eric Pepper, SPIE director of Publications.

During the first 10 months, the number of open-access papers increased from 5% to more than 30% of all new articles published in SPIE journals.

Image of SPIE journalsThe program allows authors to have their journal articles open access immediately on publication in the SPIE Digital Library, with payment of modest voluntary page charges. In addition, authors choosing this program retain copyright through a Creative Commons CC-BY license.

Authors selecting the open-access program pay $100 per published journal page for two-column journals or $60 per published page for single-column journals, Pepper said. These payments by authors and their employers or other funders of their research enable SPIE to hold down subscription prices and maximize access to the research.

In addition to the new program, review articles and tutorials published in SPIE journals are made open access by SPIE without cost to either authors or readers. For the Journal of Biomedical Optics, SPIE deposits articles funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health with PubMed Central on the authors' behalf.

Authors may continue to publish their articles in SPIE journals if they opt not to pay page charges. If accepted, these articles are published with access control and the standard SPIE copyright.

However, all SPIE authors may deposit their articles in institutional repositories to meet "green" open-access requirements.

Read more about SPIE open access.


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