(18 Dec 2023) The American Physical Society (APS) has announced a partnership with Research4Life to share its journals with researchers from non-profits in over 115 countries, territories, and refugee camps at no cost. The Society will also cover article publication charges for new submissions from scientists belonging to these eligible groups beginning Jan. 1, 2024.
By joining Research4Life, APS has addressed this challenge and enabled subscription access for all of the Society’s journals to those at teaching hospitals, universities, and national non-governmental organizations in lower and middle-income countries that are registered with Research4Life. Backed by five United Nations programs, Research4Life supports equitable, online, free or low-cost access to academic and professional peer-reviewed content from over 200 international publishers.
Beyond providing subscription access, APS has also expanded its previous guidelines for article publication charges (APCs). APS will cover the APCs for researchers at institutions across lower and middle income countries. Moreover, the process will be automated. Eligible authors of papers submitted after Jan. 1, 2024 will not have to request APC waivers, removing another barrier in the process.
The press release in full is here.