The University of California, via the California Digital Library, subscribes to several journals from AAAS, including Science.  As a result, AAAS grants a discount off of the article processing charge for UC authors who wish to publish in Science Advances, an APC-funded open access journal.

Who is covered?

Submitting authors from any UC campus are eligible to receive this discount.

What journals are covered?

AAAS’s open access journal, Science Advances.

What is the discount?

Discounts are currently calculated based on the number of AAAS journals that the author’s institution has historically subscribed to (not including new journals).  Therefore, the discount for authors from most campuses is 15%.  The discount for authors from UC Santa Cruz and UC Merced is 10%, and the discount for authors from UC Santa Barbara is 5%.

Starting in 2018, AAAS is changing their discount calculation method.  Authors from all campuses will be entitled to a 15% discount.

Additionally, authors with an individual AAAS membership are entitled to an additional 4% discount.

How can I apply this discount?

Discounts may be applied either during submission or following acceptance.  The submitting author should indicate his or her UC affiliation by its Ringgold Identifier during submission to ensure the appropriate discount is applied.  During the submission or acceptance process, the author should open the Apply Discounts window and request that the discount is applied to the APC.

What licenses are available?

Creative Commons licenses CC BY or CC BY-NC; authors choosing a CC BY license will pay an added surcharge.

For more information about the importance of license selection and Creative Commons in open access publishing, see this NEJM Perspective.

What is the business model behind this arrangement?

AAAS offers this discount to all institutional subscribers independently of license negotiations; it is not explicitly included in subscription agreements.  Other discounts may be available through various promotions, including a discount for articles which are submitted to a different AAAS journal and transferred to Science Advances.  See the Science Advances page about article processing charges for more information.

The University of California does not pay for this discount, nor does UC receive any refund on subscription costs when UC-affiliated authors pay to publish in Science Advances.