Open Access

Open Access Choice:

Open access supports scientific advancement. By making research freely available to anyone who needs it, open access (OA) publishing in a top AIMS traditional journal allows wider knowledge dissemination, removes reading restrictions in its gold form, and offers more opportunities for researchers to improve the visibility of their work and build a strong reputation.  Because of this, science can progress faster. This is good for everyone. Statistics shows that in their first year, articles published open access are downloaded almost twice as many as non-OA work. This means increased reach, and a boost to citation potential when your research is at its most relevant.

All AIMS journals are hybrid, in which an author can opt for Open Access Choice by paying a one-time fee of $1,800. The payment of this Article Processing Charge (APC) places the full published version of the article in Open Access, freely available to all. This option is voluntary and is solely up to the author, who may have funding available to put to this use. Doing so licenses AIMS to publish the work under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY) License. Otherwise, the full version of the paper is available only to journal subscribers. 

The RCUK Policy and Plan S:

AIMS journals are fully compliant with the RCUK’s policy and Plan S under accessibility and repository. AIMS is taking “one-step” further that its journal authors are permitted to make the Published Version of their articles openly available in a repository.

Read and Publish:

When an institution signs up with AIMS for this scheme, authors based there can publish gold open access in any of our hybrid journals as part of the agreement. It also gives the institution perpetual access rights to content from our entire journal portfolio, and supports the sustainable transition to open access publishing.

Steps to Publishing Open Access under Read and Publish:

1. Author submits a paper2. Paper is accepted (after the peer-review process)3. We recognize corresponding authors by email domain
4. We let the author know they can publish OA via their institution’s Read & Publish agreement5. Paper is published OA
6. Annual reports are provided to each institution showing the OA articles

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