Funding Options for Publication Fees
AGU is committed to inclusive and equitable scientific publishing. All accepted papers will be published regardless of the author’s ability to pay publication fees. There are various funding options to help AGU authors cover their publication fees, depending on the type of AGU journal (hybrid subscription journal or fully gold open-access journal). These options are detailed below. If you need any assistance, please contact [email protected].
- Hybrid Subscription Journals: Global Biogeochemical Cycles, Journal of Geophysical Research (all), Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology, Radio Science, Reviews of Geophysics, and Tectonics.
- Fully Gold Open-Access Journals: AGU Advances, Community Science, Earth and Space Science, Earth’s Future, GeoHealth, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, Geophysical Research Letters (GRL), Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems, Perspectives of Earth and Space Scientists, Space Weather, and Water Resources Research.
Funding Options for Publishing in AGU Hybrid Subscription Journals
Applicable to: Global Biogeochemical Cycles, Journal of Geophysical Research (all), Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology, Radio Science, Reviews of Geophysics, and Tectonics.
For AGU’s Hybrid Journals, readers will find some articles available via Open Access while others behind a paywall unless their institution has a subscription. Authors publishing in these journals have two options:
- Publishing their paper as a regular paper (article is only accessible via subscription or purchase) and incurring base publication and/or excess page fees*
- Publishing as an Open Access paper and incurring an Open Access Publishing Charge (OA APC). Base publication fees and excess page fees are waived for authors publishing as Open Access. Authors can choose this option after their paper is accepted.
* There are no base publication and excess page fees for publishing in Reviews of Geophysics
Funding Option for regular papers (non-Open Access) in Hybrid Journals:
If a Corresponding Author (or Co-Corresponding Author) of your paper is from one of the countries listed on Wiley’s lower- and middle-income country list, you may be eligible for an automatic 50% discount or full waiver on your base publication and/or excess page fees. Please use the list only as a reference to determine country eligibility, and disregard the messaging on the Wiley website about open access APCs. The waiver or discount will be applied after your manuscript is accepted.
If you are not able to pay the publication and/or excess page fees, you may request an AGU waiver. Please send your request in an email to the journal or in your cover letter, and our staff will assist you.
Funding Option for Open Access papers in Hybrid Journals:
Through arrangements with Wiley, our publishing partner, many institutions cover Open Access APC charges 100% or offer discounts. If a Corresponding Author of your paper is from an institution that has funding agreement with Wiley, your APC charges may be covered. You can see the current list of participating institutions on this Wiley Open Access Accounts page.
Please note that the description of the funding agreement must specify “Hybrid Journals” for you to be eligible for coverage, as some agreements only provide coverage for Fully Gold Open Access journals. If you are unsure, you can ask your institution or check your eligibility here.
There are no AGU waivers for Open Access APCs in AGU’s hybrid journals. Authors who may not have funding for Open Access APC can still have their paper published in the journal by publishing as a regular paper (non-Open Access), or consider publishing in AGU’s Gold Open Access journals where more funding options might be available.
Please note that as part of AGU’s commitment to Open Science, subscription papers in our hybrid journals are opened after 24 months and authors can share the Version of Record (final PDF) after 6 months of publication. As part of our Preprint Policy, AGU also encourages authors to post draft manuscripts (prior to peer review or accepted versions) on Earth and Space Science Open Archive or another preprint server.
Funding Options for Publishing in AGU Fully Gold Open-Access Journals
Applicable to: AGU Advances, Community Science, Earth and Space Science, Earth’s Future, GeoHealth, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, Geophysical Research Letters (GRL), Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems, Perspectives of Earth and Space Scientists, Space Weather, and Water Resources Research.
Publishing in AGU’s fully Gold Open-Access journal requires payment of an Open Access Article Processing Charge (APC). There are no base publication fees or excess page fees for these journals.
There are 4 Open Access APC funding options that may be available to authors:
- Institutional/funder APC coverage (through arrangements with Wiley, our publishing partner)
- Automatic full APC waivers or 50% discount for authors based in a low-and middle-income country (LMIC), through Research4Life
- Corresponding author(s) pay the APC
- AGU 50% discount or full waiver
To help ensure that funding is not a barrier to publication, AGU is pleased to offer discounts and waivers for authors. Please make sure you are not eligible for the other 3 funding options before requesting a waiver, as this helps the AGU Waiver Fund remains available to those who needs it most.
Please be aware: most funding eligibility criteria for Option 1 (institutional/funder coverage and Research4Life coverage are based on the Corresponding Author’s (or co-Corresponding Authors’) named institution or institutional location. To benefit from the APC coverage, you will need to designate the eligible author as the Responsible Corresponding Author (RCA). You will be asked to make this designation in Wiley’s Author Services system after your paper is accepted. The RCA will appear in the final published paper as a Co-Corresponding Author.
Instructions for Selecting Funding Options
Please select the most applicable option when you submit your manuscript in GEMS (AGU’s electronic submission system) and completing the Financial Information section:
Option 1: Third Party Option (via your institution’s funding agreement with Wiley)
If the Corresponding Author of your paper has a funding agreement with Wiley, their institution may cover your APC charges. To check your eligibility, go to this Wiley open access account code page and find the affiliated institution or funder of the corresponding author, then copy the code. You will be asked to submit this code in GEMS – please ensure to pick the “Third Party” option when completing the Financial Information portion. Please make sure to mark the eligible author as Corresponding Author (or co-Corresponding Author) as well.
Option 2: Low-and middle-income Countries Waivers and Discounts
If a Corresponding Author of your paper is from an institution based on the Waivers and Discounts list, you may be eligible for an automatic 50% discount or full waiver. To see eligible countries, go to this Wiley country discount page. If you choose this option, select the “I request a waiver of the article publication charge for this manuscript” options in GEMS. If your country is on the Automatic Waiver list, no further information is needed. If your country is in the Automatic Discount list, enter “I request 50% Research4Life discount” in the text box. Please note that for the 50% Automatic Discount, you will be responsible to pay the remaining 50% APC. If you are not able to do this, please select Option 4 below to request a full waiver and note in your request that the corresponding author is at an institution on the Automatic Discount list.
Option 3: Corresponding Author pays the APC
If you choose this option, please select the “I, corresponding author, accept responsibility for paying…” option in GEMS. If your manuscript is accepted, payment can be made by credit card, invoice or pro forma.
Option 4: AGU Waiver
For authors who are not eligible for third party funding, low-and middle-income countries waivers and discounts, or able to pay the APC themselves, the AGU is pleased to offer a 50% discount or full waiver. Please ensure that you are not eligible for the other 3 options above prior to requesting this waiver. This is to ensure that the AGU waiver fund remains available to authors who need it most.
If you choose this option, please select the “I request a waiver of the article publication charge for this manuscript” options in GEMS and enter “I’d like to request AGU 50% discount/APC full waiver” and provide a brief explanation in the text box of why you (and your co-authors) are seeking a waiver. This text box is required to be filled out if you are requesting a waiver.