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Open Access Publishing in the Physical Review Journals

The American Physical Society (APS), through the Physical Review journals it publishes, aims to offer open access options that meet the needs of all authors across the research communities it serves.

A pioneer in open access publishing, APS launched its first fully open access journal in 1998. In early 2011 APS transformed some of the largest, most-cited, and most-trusted peer-reviewed, primary research titles in physics into hybrid journals by offering authors an option to publish individual articles open access. Since then it has expanded the options it offers authors by launching a number of new hybrid and gold open access titles, including the highest-impact open access journal in physics, Physical Review X (PRX), and the related family of topical journals, such as PRX Quantum.

Articles are made immediately open access under a International license in hybrid and fully gold open access journals upon payment of an article publication charge (APC) by the author, or the author’s institution or funder.

APC Pricing

Current APC pricing for publishing gold open access in hybrid and fully open access Physical Review journals is detailed in the following table. Please note that this APC pricing does not apply to authors covered under open access agreements with research institutions and consortia, and that for some titles the APC level varies with article type. More details about promotional pricing and open access agreements appear below the table.

Journal Title Journal Type Article Type APC USD
(full price)
2021 APC,
including promotional pricing
Physical Review Letters hybrid Letters $3500 $3500
Physical Review X gold open access all original research papers $4000 $4000
PRX Quantum gold open access Original research papers, Perspective and Tutorial articles 0*
Introductory promotion, no APCs through the end of 2021.
Reviews of Modern Physics subscription all no hybrid option N/A
Physical Review A hybrid all original research papers $2500 $2500
Physical Review B hybrid all original research papers $2500 $2500
Physical Review C hybrid all original research papers $2500 $2500
Physical Review D hybrid all original research papers $2500 $2500
Physical Review E hybrid all original research papers $2500 $2500
Physical Review Research gold open access all original research papers $2500 $2500
Physical Review Accelerators and Beams diamond open access all No APCs; sponsored $0
Physical Review Applied hybrid Research articles $2500 $2500
Physical Review Applied hybrid Letters $3000 $3000
Physical Review Fluids hybrid all original research papers $2500 $2500
Physical Review Materials hybrid all original research papers $2500 $2500
Physical Review Physics Education Research gold open access Research articles $2000 $2000
Physical Review Physics Education Research gold open access Short papers $1300 $1300

Promotional APC Pricing

*PRX Quantum first-year introductory APC waiver - PRX Quantum is a new, highly selective open access journal featuring Quantum Information Science and Technology research with an emphasis on lasting and profound impact. The journal began accepting submissions in mid-2020, and article publication charges (APCs) will be waived for manuscripts submitted through the end of 2021. Expanding on the excellence and innovation of Physical Review X (PRX), PRX Quantum provides a home for and connection between the numerous research communities that make up quantum information science and technology research, from pure science to engineering to computer science and beyond. Following the expiration of this promotion, APS intends to align the APC for PRX Quantum close to the APC pricing of the journals with a similar degree of selectivity (PRX, PRL).

Open Access Agreements with Research Institutions and Consortia

SCOAP3

Since January 1, 2018, APS has participated in and has now signed an agreement with CERN to continue to include three of its world-leading journals in the third three-year phase of SCOAP3, which commences January 1, 2020. APS is extending its participation in SCOAP3 as a continuance of its commitment to open access, as .

This arrangement means high-energy physics (HEP) articles accepted by Physical Review Letters (PRL), Physical Review C (PRC), and Physical Review D (PRD) will be published open access, under a CC-BY license, and funded by SCOAP3, with no article publication charges (APCs) for authors.

SCOAP3 provides a route for high-energy physics authors to eliminate the financial barriers of disseminating their research in the rapidly expanding open access landscape. The SCOAP3 consortium includes over 3,000 libraries and research institutes. In the conventional model, libraries and other subscribers pay publishers for access to journal articles. Under the SCOAP3 system, the consortium collects funds directly from subscriber institutions and then makes payments to publishers based on the number of articles published as open access papers. This allows high-energy physics papers to be published open access at no direct cost to authors.

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