Licensing and charges

Before Science Advances fully accepts a manuscript, authors must sign and submit a license agreement (PDF) that allows AAAS exclusive rights to publish and use their contribution. As an open access journal, Science Advances then asks authors to choose one of two Creative Commons licenses, each of which allows researchers to reuse the published content in specific ways. The CC BY-NC license allows users to use, distribute, or reproduce the article but solely for non-commercial purposes, provided the work is properly cited and the terms of the CC BY-NC license are followed. The CC BY license allows users to distribute, adapt, or reuse articles, including for commercial purposes as long as the work is properly cited and the terms of the CC BY license are followed. A CC BY license may be a funding requirement.

If you are funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Wellcome Trust, or the Charity Open Access Fund (COAF), you are required to select the CC BY license.  Please check with your institution or funding agency before selecting your license to see if a certain license type is required.

If your article is related to research on coronaviruses, including COVID-19, SARS or MERS, we ask that you please opt in to the “CC BY” license type and not the “CC BY-NC” license type unless organizational or funding restrictions apply. There is no additional cost to authors for doing so and the CC BY license ensures the widest possible use of your research to accelerate discoveries related to combating coronaviruses.

Science Advances is an online-only open access journal supported by article processing charges (APCs).

Effective for new manuscript submissions received on or after October 1, 2018: 

  • The base APC for articles published under a CC BY-NC or CC BY license is $4,500.


Surcharges may apply for those authors whose articles are more than 15 final (galley) pages in length. In the event that additional space is necessary to properly convey findings or ensure reproducibility, the page-length surcharge may be waived at the discretion of the editor.


Science Advances assesses and collects tax on article processing charges (APCs). Tax is based on the customer location and is not applicable for all customers. Tax will be automatically added where applicable during the payment process.

Please note that AAAS considers that APCs are supplied to the authors and not to the employer, sponsor or any other funding agent. AAAS therefore charges VAT, or other local taxes, regardless of whether payments are made by the author, employer, sponsor, or any other funding agent.

As a supplier of services, AAAS is required under the Article 58 of the European VAT Directive (PVD) to account for VAT on our supply of article processing services to the author. As AAAS collects and remits the VAT, institutions that normally remit their own VAT payments can exclude this charge from their payments to any tax authorities; there is no need to account for these transactions when submitting any tax filings.  

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Authors who are AAAS members receive a 4% discount on APCs. Only one membership discount is available per APC. To join AAAS or to learn more about the benefits of membership, visit Benefits for AAAS Members.


AAAS offers full APC waivers to authors in the developing world (Hinari A & B countries). Additionally, full or partial waivers may be available to those experiencing financial hardships. Waivers may be requested at any point in the editorial workflow (pre-submission to acceptance), but are not granted until acceptance. Contact Science Advances’s business office to inquire about waivers.


Science Advances utilizes RightsLink from the Copyright Clearance Center to process APC payments and issue invoices. As a non-AAAS product, a separate set of credentials is required for access. Payments can be made by credit card or an invoice sent to the author. Additionally, payments can be split among authors. Please contact the business office for any payment questions.


Should an article processing charge be paid but the article not published, the lead author should contact Science Advances’s business office for a refund.

Additional Questions

Please contact Science Advances’s business office if you have APC, discount, license or waiver questions.