AIP Publishing Open Access Policy

AIP Publishing actively supports sustainable models of access that ensure the integrity and permanence of the scholarly record. Options include “Gold” open access, whereby publication is funded by an article processing charge paid by the author or another sponsor, or the hybrid option, Author Select. In both AIP Publishing’s Gold and hybrid options, our authors retain their copyright and publish their work under a Creative Commons license.

AIP Publishing has endorsed and supports the STM statement on Open Access. In accordance with that statement AIP Publishing believes that authors should be able to publish in the journal of their choice, where publication will have the greatest potential to advance their field. Institutions and funders play a key role in ensuring that public access policies allow for funding of peer-reviewed publication and publishing services in whatever journal that an author chooses.

AIP Publishing has also endorsed and supports the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) directive of 22 February 2013 to federal agencies. This directive, calling for funding agencies to develop plans for increased public access to the results of federally-funded scientific research, aligns with our mission to ensure the widest possible access to the best scientific information while recognizing the need for sustainable business models in scholarly publishing.

AIP Publishing continues to work in tandem with representatives from the library and academic communities to develop pragmatic, sustainable solutions to public access to federally funded research. AIP Publishing has compiled a list of Institutional Support for Open Access to help authors find support for open access publishing.


Maximizing the value and reuse of the results of scientific research, AIP Publishing’s growing list of peer-reviewed Gold open access journals includes:


AIP Publishing and the following partner publishers also support Green Open Access:

  • Acoustical Society of America
  • American Association of Physics Teachers
  • AVS: Science and Technology of Materials, Interfaces, and Processing
  • Laser Institute of America
  • Society of Rheology

Although individual policies vary by society, most encourage authors to utilize their accepted manuscripts for self-archiving anywhere immediately after acceptance of the work and permit the use of the final version of record on the author’s or employer’s website, as well as in an institutional or funder-designated repository, 12 months after publication.

Ethics in Publishing

As a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), AIP promotes integrity in research publication. COPE is a forum for editors and publishers of peer-reviewed journals to discuss all aspects of publication ethics. It also advises editors on how to handle cases of research and publication misconduct.