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Astronomical Society gives open access to its journals

The six journals edited by the American Astronomical Society (AAS) will make all of their articles available in open access, free of charge to readers, from January 1, 2022. To compensate for the loss of subscription revenue, authors will be charged a publication fee of up to US$4,500 (approximately R$23,000), depending on the length of the paper. The decision comes in the wake of similar moves by other scientific publishers, which are gradually migrating their closed access and hybrid journals to open access. In November 2020, a group of 32 journals in the Nature collection presented its new open access publishing strategy, which includes a €9,500 (about R$59,000) publication charge per article. “The move will ensure broader and more equitable access to the important research published in our journals,” said Kevin Marvel, executive director of AAS, in a statement released by the society. Some funding agencies in the USA are advising researchers to incorporate publication charges into their research budgets.