Article processing charges

Science Advances is an online-only open access journal supported by article processing charges (APCs).

Effective for new manuscript submissions received on or after October 1, 2018: 

  • The base APC for articles published under a CC BY-NC; or CC BY; license is $4,500.


Authors who are AAAS members receive a 4% discount on APCs. Only one membership discount is available per APC. To join AAAS or to learn more about the benefits of membership, visit Benefits for AAAS Members.


Surcharges may apply for those authors whose articles are more than 15 final (galley) pages in length $1,500). In the event that additional space is necessary to properly convey findings or ensure reproducibility, the page-length surcharge may be waived at the discretion of the editor.


AAAS offers full APC waivers to authors in the developing world (Hinari A & B countries). Additionally, full or partial waivers may be available to those experiencing financial hardships. Waivers may be requested at any point in the editorial workflow (pre-submission to acceptance), but are not granted until acceptance. Contact Science Advances’ business office to inquire about waivers.


Science Advances utilizes RightsLink from the Copyright Clearance Center to process APC payments and issue invoices. As a non-AAAS product, a separate set of credentials is required for access. Payments can be made by credit card or an invoice sent to the author. Additionally, payments can be split among authors. Please contact the business office for any payment questions.


Should an article processing charge be paid but the article not published, the lead author should contact Science Advances’ business office for a refund.

Additional Questions

Please contact Science Advances' business office if you have APC, discount, license or waiver questions.