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AES Open Access Publications Policy
V1.2 January 2014
What is Open Access?
A growing number of countries require Open Access to the results of publicly-funded research. After surveying AES authors it was found that a majority were interested in having the option of publishing their work in Open Access (OA). Authors who choose this option will receive greater visibility and ease of access to their AES publications. The AES has therefore introduced an OA policy as described below.
If an AES paper has been made OA it will have the OA logo next to it and will be freely downloadable from the AES E-Library by anyone, even if they are not an AES member or E-Library subscriber.
Author processing charges
A paper opted for OA will be charged an author processing charge (APC) to be paid by the author or the author's sponsor (employer, funding agency, etc.). This is the so-called "Gold" option for OA. AES members and sustaining members will receive a substantial discount. The JAES is now a hybrid journal, in other words both a conventional journal and OA, thus an author can choose either of these publishing options. A current list of APCs is shown below.
If a convention/conference paper is made OA, and later submitted to the Journal in revised form, the author has to pay the difference between the APC of a Journal paper and the APC of a convention/conference paper before it can be published in the Journal.
Licences and copyright
Under normal conditions with OA papers, copyright in the article is transferred to the AES, but a license is granted to the author so that the article is made freely available for anyone to read. However some research funding bodies require the Creative Commons CC-BY licence to be applied to OA papers. Unless the research funder insists upon OA with a CC-BY licence, authors must transfer copyright in the article to the AES, otherwise it will not be published. Authors requesting a CC-BY licence will be asked to provide evidence of the research funder's policy. If a CC-BY licence is applied, this lets others distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon the author's work, even commercially, as long as they credit the author for the original creation.
If an author has paid the appropriate APC, AES will allow the author to make freely available from any web site, library, or document repository, their own final corrected and submitted version of the manuscript and figures/tables (the so-called "author accepted manuscript"), provided that a link and reference is shown to the AES published version. The AES published version may not be made freely available by the author. The author may make the author accepted manuscript available only from the date of publication by AES.
Fees and Paper Search
All of the Author fees are listed on the main Open Access page. You can also search across our database of OA papers on that page.