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Publishers of 'Science' to Launch New Open-Access Journal

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APCs for Open Access to Version of Record in Social Science Journals by Publisher (Image credit: Ernesto Priego.)

The nonprofit organization that publishes the scientific journal Science said they will be launching a new, broad-based online open-access journal, called Science Advances.

The new journal, which will be published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, is slated to go live in 2015 with studies covering several disciplines that appeal to a wide audience. Articles that were reviewed favorably by Science but couldn't be accepted because of space constraints could be automatically considered for Science Advances, according to a statement posted in Science last week.

"Science Advances will distinguish itself from Science by its editorial model, the immediate access to papers for all readers, and the fact that acceptance for publication is limited only by the quality of the paper," the statement reads. That editorial model will involve a lead editor supported by a large group of associate editors who are also working scientists. Authors whose papers are accepted will pay a processing fee to get their papers published in Science Advances.

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Tia Ghose
Tia has interned at Science News, Wired.com, and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and has written for the Center for Investigative Reporting, Scientific American, and ScienceNow. She has a master's degree in bioengineering from the University of Washington and a graduate certificate in science writing from the University of California Santa Cruz.