(PRWEB) August 22, 2012
SPIE has announced a new program that provides Gold Open Access upon publication for a journal article for which authors or their institutions pay voluntary page charges, beginning in January 2013. Authors will retain copyright under the Creative Commons CC-BY license.
The new program covers articles in the journals published by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics:
SPIE will continue open access publication at no cost to authors for all review and tutorial articles, and will continue to deposit NIH-funded articles with PubMed Central on the authors’ behalf.
"SPIE is excited to offer this innovative open access program to further advance our goal of providing access to optics and photonics information to the broadest possible readership." said SPIE Publications Committee chair John Greivenkamp (College of Optical Sciences, University of Arizona). "This is the most cost-effective solution to the challenge of open access that I know about!”
“The voluntary page charges are modest, but help support the journals and enable provision of open access,” said SPIE Publications Business Development Manager Mary Summerfield. “For journals with two-column pages, the rate is $100 per published page; for journals with one column, it is $60 per published page. Thus, for a Letter the cost will be approximately $300 and for an average full paper it will be $700 to $800. SPIE Journals will continue to offer subscriptions so that authors who do not want to or cannot afford to pay these page charges can continue to publish their articles in these journals.”
With more than 375,000 journal articles and conference proceedings papers and 167 SPIE Press books, the SPIE Digital Library is the world’s largest collection of optics and photonics literature.
To support researchers in developing or low-income countries, SPIE participates in the eJDS program of the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, providing papers on demand to individual scientists, and the Information Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications PERii program, providing access to libraries in developing nations at low or reduced rates.
Earlier this year, SPIE announced a freeze on subscription prices for 2013 -- the fourth freeze or price decrease in as many years -- in response to financial pressures faced by subscribing libraries.
SPIE is the international society for optics and photonics, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies. The Society serves nearly 225,000 constituents from approximately 150 countries, offering conferences, continuing education, books, journals, and a digital library in support of interdisciplinary information exchange, professional growth, and patent precedent. SPIE provided over $2.7 million in support of education and outreach programs in 2011.