Frequently asked questions

What is the Science Partner Journals (SPJ) program?

The SPJ program is run by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the nonprofit publisher of the Science family of journals. The SPJ program features high-quality, online-only, open-access publications produced in collaboration with international research institutions, foundations, funders, and societies. More information is available here.

When will journals in the SPJ program be launched?

The first journal in the SPJ program launches in late 2017. Subsequent titles will launch on a semiannual basis. For the latest insights on newly included titles, please visit the SPJ home page.

Who has access to content published in the SPJ program?

Journals in the SPJ program are published as open access under a Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). This means that as soon as an article publishes, it can be read by anyone, anywhere, at any time.

I am an author. How do I submit my work to a journal in the SPJ program?

Instructions on how to submit your research for potential publication in an SPJ journal will be posted on the home page for that journal as soon as submissions open. For the latest insights on newly included titles, please visit the SPJ home page.

How much will the article processing charge (APC) be for a journal in the SPJ series?

This depends on the journal. Some journals are likely to have full funding, which means that authors whose work is accepted for publication will not be charged an APC. Details on APCs for each journal will be made available when that journal officially opens for submissions.

I am affiliated with an organization that might be a good fit for the SPJ program. How does my organization apply?

More information on the application process to become a partner organization will be posted on our Become a Partner Organization page in 2018.

I have more questions!

For more information about the program, please visit the SPJ home page or contact Xiaoying Chu.