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 publishes high-quality, original research and reviews 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, covering all fields from computer science and engineering to environmental, life, mathematical, physical, and social sciences. Science Advances is run by a board of prominent, active research scientists who guide the direction and maintain the high standards of the journal. We publish only research articles, reviews, and invited editorials but allow great variability within those formats; articles can be up to 15,000 words in length.

3. Why should I publish in Science Advances?

There are many advantages to publishing in Science Advances:

SpeedScience Advances aims to rigorously and quickly review manuscript submissions and rapidly publish articles online.

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.

Readership – Articles published in Science Advances may be featured in Science and recommended to readers 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, the Science Advances editorial team is looking for topflight manuscripts across 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 servicesScience Advances offers advanced technical copyediting, professional typesetting, alternative article metrics, and article-level social media, marketing, and press support.

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 does Science Advances offer?

Science Advances has both Instagram and Facebook accounts which are used to promote journal content. Our press team regularly conducts Facebook Live and press teleconference events.

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. Note that Science Advances asks authors to suggest possible reviewers when they submit manuscripts for evaluation. AAAS is committed to fostering diversity throughout the global scientific community. We believe that gender and international diversity of scientists participating in research assessment increases the fairness and quality of the peer review process. We encourage authors to keep both gender and country of origin in mind when suggesting potential reviewers.

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

We publish a moderate volume of articles with an article processing charge (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.

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 APCs. This fee is paid by the author when an article is accepted.   Please visit the article processing charges page for more information on our pricing structure. We have generous discounts and waivers to support authors with financial constraints. See below for more information.

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 license type is selected at the time of payment.  For additional details, visit our article licensing page.

9. Is there a page limit for articles published in Science Advances?

No. Authors may submit manuscripts up to 15,000 words. However, the journal highly values clear and concise writing, brevity, and precision, and poorly written and unnecessarily lengthy articles will be returned to authors for editing. In the event that additional space is necessary to properly convey findings or ensure reproducibility, there may be a page-length surcharge.

10. Will there be any discounts?

Science Advances offers APC discounts as a benefit to corresponding authors who are AAAS members. 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. For more information, please contact Science Advances business office.

11. What is the journal’s editorial structure?

Science Advances is led by Jeremy Berg, PhD, Editor-in-Chief of Science journals and Academic Editor Ali Shilatifard, PhD, and in-house Managing Editor Philippa Benson, PhD. Together, they lead a growing team of deputy and associate editors who can evaluate submissions over a very broad range of disciplines. The journal also has an in-house team of professional editorial staff to support the editorial board.

12. What is the journal's Impact Factor?

Science Advances 2018 Impact Factor: 11.5

Note that, 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 receive the credit they deserve, we also 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, and the journal received its first in summer 2018.

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. To whom should I make payment out?

The Copyright Clearance Center handles our APC payments. Regardless of method (check, credit card, purchase order), payments should be made out to the Copyright Clearance Center and not to AAAS. Please view CCC’s Payment Instructions for more information.

16. Is the corresponding author required to pay the APC?

The corresponding author(s) will receive all APC-related correspondence, but can delegate payment to another. That can be a coauthor or a representative from the corresponding author’s institution (e.g., office administrative assistant, finance office).

17. Can we split APC payment among multiple authors?

Yes, the APC can be paid by multiple authors either via credit cards or separate invoices. Please contact the business office for detailed instructions.

18. I am unable to log in to pay my APC. What should I do?

Our payment system RightsLink is operated by the Copyright Clearance Center and is separate from our submission portal. You will need a separate set of credentials to access RightsLink. If you continue to experience log in problems, please contact CCC directly at AAASsupport@copyright.com.

19. I oversee APC funding at my institution and would like to find out more information about our authors’ activity at Science Advances.

We can provide on-demand reports on publication and APC payments based on author affiliation. Please contact the business office for more information.

20. My paper has been published, but is missing from certain citation databases. What should I do?

Please contact the business office and we will investigate. Select database also have an error reporting option that allows anyone to notify them of missing content.

21. What do I do if my paper was published under the incorrect license?

Please contact the business office and we can arrange a change in license type. As we charge different fees for CC BY-NC and CC BY licenses, a request to change license type will also require your APC payment be reprocessed with the correct cost.

22. I have more questions! Who 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.

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.