New SPIE Open Access Publishing Program Wins Strong Participation

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Strong participation in a new open access publishing program for SPIE journals is an indicator that the program is meeting the needs of authors. The number of authors choosing to use the option has increased dramatically in less than a year, resulting in more freely accessible papers available in the world optics and photonics literature.

The SPIE program allows authors to have their journal articles open access immediately on publication, with payment of modest voluntary page charges.

An author-choice open access publishing program for journals launched this year by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, is gaining strong participation from authors and increasing the volume of freely accessible, peer-reviewed optics and photonics research literature as a result.

“More than six times as many authors are choosing open-access publication in SPIE journals since the launch of our 'gold' open access program at the beginning of this year,” said Eric Pepper, SPIE Director of Publications. “In less than 10 months, we have seen the number rise from 5% to more than 30% of all new articles published in SPIE journals.”

The SPIE 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, Pepper explained. In addition, authors choosing this program retain copyright through a Creative Commons CC-BY license.

“This program supports authors who need or want open access for their work while also enabling publication by authors who may not have funding for this,” Pepper said.

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.

Authors affected by public access mandates in the United Kingdom by the Research Councils UK as well as in the United States by the National Institutes of Health and now more broadly applied by the Office of Science and Technology Policy are among those who benefit from the new program.

“The ‘gold’ open access program adopted this year by SPIE is the latest of several open access programs we have implemented in recent years to support the research community," Pepper said. "As an educational society with the goal of disseminating knowledge as broadly as possible, SPIE is pleased to provide yet another way for more people to read about and use the latest research in optics and photonics."

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 its 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.

SPIE topical journals are:

  • Optical Engineering
  • Journal of Biomedical Optics
  • Journal of Electronic Imaging
  • Journal of Micro/Nanolithography, MEMS, and MOEMS
  • Journal of Applied Remote Sensing
  • Journal of Nanophotonics
  • Journal of Photonics for Energy

SPIE will launch three new journals in 2014:

  • Journal of Medical Imaging
  • Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems
  • Neurophotonics.

About SPIE

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 235,000 constituents from approximately 155 countries, offering conferences, continuing education, books, journals, and a digital library in support of interdisciplinary information exchange, professional networking, and patent precedent. SPIE provided over $3.2 million in support of education and outreach programs in 2012.

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