FAQ

How did the APS determine the $2,000 or $3000 AuthorChoice fee?
The AuthorChoice fee was determined by calculating the real average cost of publishing an article in an APS journal.

Are there any other charges involved besides the APS AuthorChoice fee?
In addition to the AuthorChoice fee, color charges, if any, apply.

My grant does not cover the OA fee. Does this mean I have to wait for the traditional 12 month release period?
Many institutions and funding agencies are underwriting the AuthorChoice fee on behalf of their researchers. Check with your department head, librarian, or funding agency to learn if your institution is one of them.

My research is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). If I pay the AuthorChoice fee, can I make the results immediately available in PubMed Central (PMC)?
Yes. If you pay your fee before the article has been published in final form, the final version of your article will be delivered to PMC, without embargo, immediately after it appears on the APS Journal site. If you pay the fee after your article is published, the published version will be reset to open access status (free to all, without embargo) on the APS Journal sites and delivered to PMC, without embargo, immediately after payment.

My research is funded by the Wellcome Trust, or another funding agency that requires that I make my research article free in PMC within six months of publication. Can AuthorChoice help me meet this requirement?
Yes. Paying the fee will allow you to meet these requirements. All APS articles that are published as AuthorChoice are free to all, immediately after final publication, without embargo.

How do I pay the fee? Can you invoice a third party?
When your article is accepted, the acceptance letter will prompt you for the option to purchase AuthorChoice for open access. To exercise this option, follow the link in the letter to the downloadable form, and provide the third party’s contact information. The invoice will be sent to whomever you list on the form. Once your payment (check, credit card, or purchase order) is processed, your online article will be made free to all.

Once I pay the AuthorChoice fee, am I still required to obtain permission to use figures, graphs, etc. from my article?
No. Articles published with the AuthorChoice option for free and open access are covered by the Creative Commons Attribution license (the “BY” license, under which all are free to reuse or distribute the article under the condition that this original published article must be cited.

If my article is accepted for publication today, when will it become open access?
As soon as your payment (check, credit card, or purchase order) is processed, your online article will be made open access. If we process payment while your article is published in manuscript form (Articles in PresS), this version  will be made open access on the APS journal site, and any subsequent version (such as the final-published, “print” format PDF) will also be open access. The final-published version will be delivered to PMC concurrent with its publication on the APS journal site.

Does the APS AuthorChoice option apply to all APS publications?
The 12 APS peer-reviewed research journals are all eligible for the AuthorChoice option; these are:  American Journal of Physiology – Cell Physiology; American Journal of Physiology – Endocrinology and Metabolism; American Journal of Physiology – Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology; American Journal of Physiology – Heart and Circulatory Physiology; American Journal of Physiology – Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology; American Journal of Physiology – Regulatory, Integrative & Comparative Physiology; American Journal of Physiology – Renal Physiology; Journal of Applied Physiology; Journal of Neurophysiology, Physiological Genomics, Physiological Reviews, and Physiology.


I still have additional questions. Who can I contact?
The ability to help you relies in part on referring you to the proper department. For questions about payment and processing, please send an email to APSproduction@the-aps.org  If you have questions about the policy itself, please email webmaster@the-aps.org

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