Sponsored Articles In Elsevier Journals (fwd)

From: Stevan Harnad <harnad_at_ecs.soton.ac.uk>
Date: Thu, 25 May 2006 15:15:44 +0100

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Date: Thu, 25 May 2006 08:19:15 -0400
From: Peter Suber
To: SPARC Open Access Forum <SPARC-OAForum_at_arl.org>

Forwarding from Elsevier via LibLicense. For my comments on this
announcement, see my blog post from yesterday,


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Please excuse any duplication.

>From May onwards some Elsevier journals will be offering to their
authors the option to pay a sponsorship fee to ensure that their
article, already accepted for publication, is made freely
available to non-subscribers via ScienceDirect.

Worldwide approximately 10 million researchers can already access
these journals through institutional subscriptions. In a few
instances, authors publishing in these journals have requested an
option to make their articles freely available online to

Six journals in Physics are the first to offer such an option.
These are:

Nuclear Physics A
Nuclear Physics B
Nuclear Physics B Proceedings Supplements
Nuclear Instruments and Methods A
Physics Letters B
Astroparticle Physics

Thirty more journals across other fields such as Life and Health
sciences also plan to offer this option in the next two months.

The author charge for article sponsorship is $3,000. The fee
excludes taxes and other potential author fees such as color
charges which are additional. Information about selecting this
option is now available on the journal homepages at
www.elsevier.com as well as Elsevier's author gateway site,
authors.elsevier.com. The availability of this option will be
offered to authors of the above-mentioned journals only after
receiving notification that their article has been accepted for
publication. This prevents a potential conflict of interest
where a journal would have a financial incentive to accept an

Please feel free to contact either of us or your Elsevier
representative with any questions.

Tony McSean, Daviess Menefee

Library Relations
Received on Thu May 25 2006 - 15:21:25 BST

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