Frequently asked questions

Answers to frequently asked questions about Science Advances are below. If your question is not answered here, please email us at scienceadvancesstaff@aaas.org.

1. What is Science Advances?

Science Advances is an online-only gold open access journal from AAAS, the publisher of Science. It is the fourth peer-reviewed journal to join the Science family and will rapidly publish high-quality, original research in all disciplines of science.

2. How is Science Advances distinct from other open access journals?

We’re establishing our own model for high-quality open access publishing by creating a journal that is highly selective and broad in scope. Science Advances will publish high-impact original research in fields from computer science and engineering to environmental, life, mathematical, physical, and social sciences.

3. Why should I publish in Science Advances?

There are many advantages to publishing in Science Advances:

Speed – Science Advances aims to rigorously and quickly review manuscript submissions and rapidly publish articles online.

AAAS reputation – When you publish in Science Advances, you are publishing with a nonprofit association that has been working to advance science for the betterment of humankind since 1848. As the publisher of the Science family of journals, we put service to science and our authors first.

Broad audience – Articles published in Science Advances may be featured in Science and recommended to readers of Science, Science Translational Medicine, or Science Signaling through our shared publishing platform. Additionally, Science Advances articles will be promoted on the Science website, through social media and select articles through press releases.

Quality – As with all our journals, Science Advances’ editorial team is looking for topflight manuscripts that define the entire range of scholarly pursuits. Our team of deputy editors and associate editors, as well as individual reviewers, will rigorously review submissions following Science's peer review policies.

Author services – All authors will have access to tools and features: advanced technical copyediting, professional typesetting, alternative article metrics, and article-level social media, marketing, and press support.

Good value – With surcharges and discounts, we expect that most authors will pay a per-article fee of $3,000 in 2017.

Site design – The Science Advances website is innovative and attractive, providing a functional and informative digital setting for readers. It is hosted by HighWire Press, a leading scholarly journal platform.

Compliance – Articles published in Science Advances will comply with institutional and funder mandates.

4. What other features will Science Advances offer?

The journal will provide authors and readers alternative metrics and article-level social media, marketing, and press support.

AAAS science writers will regularly cover articles published in Science Advances for the press and other venues.

We’re exploring and developing new features and services to make our content easier to find, share, and read.

5. How do I submit my research to Science Advances?

Submitting a manuscript is easy. Instructions on how to submit your research for publication in Science Advances and the journal's submission system can be found here.

6. Why does AAAS have an article processing charge for Science Advances?

Science Advances is a broad, multidisciplinary, and very selective journal. We publish a moderate volume of articles with an APC commensurate with the quality and value we deliver to our authors and readers. This includes advanced copyediting and composition services, an innovative website, and article-level social media and marketing support.

Launching a journal of this caliber requires a significant investment, which AAAS is making. Our pricing model ensures the nonprofit AAAS can continue to invest in and support Science Advances and the scientific community for the long term.

7. What does it cost to publish in Science Advances?

Science Advances is supported by article processing charges (APCs). This fee is paid by the author when an article is accepted.  Should an article processing charge be paid but the article not published, the lead author should contact Science Advancesbusiness office for a refund. Please visit the article processing charges page for more information on our pricing structure.

8. What are my licensing options?

Authors may choose to publish under one of two Creative Commons licenses: CC BY or CC BY-NC. The CC BY-NC license allows authors to distribute, adapt, or reuse articles for non-commercial purposes, while commercial reuse requires permission. The CC BY license, available for a surcharge, allows authors to distribute, adapt, or reuse articles, including for commercial purposes. We assess the surcharge to account for potential lost secondary revenue such as permissions and reprint sales. As noted above, launching and sustaining a journal of this caliber requires a significant investment. Rather than charging a higher price for all authors, we assess a surcharge only on the CC BY license. Authors can comply with various institutional and funder mandates by choosing to publish under a CC BY license.

9. Is there a page limit for articles submitted to Science Advances?

No. Authors may submit manuscripts of any length; however, there will be a $1,500 surcharge for any articles longer than fifteen final (galley) pages. The surcharge helps cover the added costs of editing, copyediting, and other services. It is also intended to promote brevity and precision, and to discourage poorly-written and unnecessarily lengthy articles that are difficult to read. 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.

10. Will there be any discounts?

Science Advances offers APC discounts as a benefit to corresponding authors who are AAAS members. Additional discounts are available to corresponding authors who are affiliated with institutions that subscribe to other journals published by AAAS. APC waivers also may be granted to authors in the developing world and to those experiencing financial hardships. For more information, please contact Science Advances business office by email at scienceadvancesstaff@aaas.org.

11. What is the journal’s editorial structure?

Science Advances has established an editorial structure that represents AAAS’ commitment to serving the entire scientific community. The journal is edited by Jeremy Berg, PhD, editor-in-chief of Science journals. Supporting Dr. Berg is a team of six deputy editors, four senior associate editors, and seventy-five associate editors providing broad domain coverage, as well as an in-house editorial and management staff. Individual papers may also be sent to other scientists for additional peer reviews.

12. What is the journal's Impact Factor?

As a signatory of the San Francisco Declaration of Research Assessment (DORA), AAAS believes that individual research articles should be assessed on their own merits, rather than by a journal-based metric like the Journal Impact Factor. To ensure authors get the credit they deserve, we provide article-level metrics on each article page in Science Advances. However, we also recognize that the Impact Factor remains important to some members of the scientific community. The Impact Factor is based on two years of publication and citation data, so we expect to receive an Impact Factor in 2017, which will be based on citations in 2017 to papers published in 2015 and 2016.

13. What is the journal’s ISSN?

Science Advances’ ISSN is 2375-2548

14. Will the journal deposit papers in PubMed Central?

Yes. Science Advances automatically deposits all papers in PubMed Central as soon as they are published.

15. I have more questions! Whom do I contact?

If you are an author seeking information regarding editorial policies or have questions about submitting a manuscript, please contact Philippa Benson, managing editor, at pbenson@aaas.org.

If you are a librarian seeking more information, please contact your publishing representative or email ScienceOnline@aaas.org.

For all questions regarding APCs, discounts, licensing or general business inquiries, please contact the business office at scienceadvancesstaff@aaas.org.

For all other questions, please email us at scienceadvancesstaff@aaas.org.