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Open Publishing in Earth Sciences: Home

A guide to open access and publishing options for Berkeley researchers in the Earth Sciences.


Publisher/Journals APC (charge to make article Open Access) Publication Fee/Page Charges More Information OA supported by UC/Berkeley

AGU/Wiley includes:

AGU Advances; Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems; GRL; Global Biogeochmical Cycles; JGR; Tectonics and others

Fees range from $1800 - $3500 depending on journal. 

$0, $500 (GRL), $1000 (JGR) 

OA APC charges replace Publication Fees when OA chosen.

Note: AGU titles are open 24 months after publication.


AMS (American Meteorological Society)

$1100 plus page charges 




BAMS fee structure:



Earth Science journals including Geological Magazine; Journal of Glaciology, Quaternary Research

varies: $1700-$3160


Under the new UC agreement, the UC libraries will pay at least the first $1,000 toward this fee. If there is any remaining balance due on the fee, the Cambridge payment system will ask UC authors if they have grant funding available to cover the balance. If an author does not have grant funds to cover that difference, the UC libraries will pay the entire article processing charge on their behalf.

EGU/Copernicus ~$95/page; avg ~$1,500 N/A No


Ex. Earth & Planetary Science Letters

$3490, fees vary for other Elsevier titles N/A


Information about UC/Elsevier:

Geological Society of America includes Geology; GSA Bulletin $2500 $1750 (varies) No

Geological Society of London

Journal of the Geological Society

$4000 No color charges

If you require Open Access but cannot pay the APC, the Geological Society also supports Green Open Access where you can post your final post-refereed version of the article to a website or repository 12 months after the online publication date.




$2100 OA No


Atmosphere, Geoscience, Remote Sensing

$1000 - $2000 by title N/A 10% discount

Mineralogical Society of America

American Mineralogist


$100/page No




Beginning April 2020, once an article with a UC corresponding author is accepted for publication by PLOS, the publisher will charge the first $1000 of the the article processing charge (APC) to the UC libraries. For APCs exceeding $1000, the author will be asked to pay the remainder if grant funds are available, or, if grant funds are not available, PLOS will then charge the full APC to the UC libraries. This transaction will be handled directly between UC libraries and PLOS; authors do not need contact their campus library to request funds.


Springer titles: $2750-$3860

Nature Communications (OA): $5380

varies by journal

Nature titles may charge for color figures


"Green" Open Access Options

UC Authors are covered by the UC Open Access Policies (2013 Academic Senate, 2015 Presidential Policy:

Publish your article in the journal of your choice and deposit the final author copy of your article in our institutional repository, escholarship. Find information about depositing your work:

BRII Berkeley Research Impact Initiative

Publishing in a full OA journal? You may be eligible for up to $2500 from BRII which provides funding to pay Berkeley authors’ OA article processing charges (APCs)

Find information about BRII fund eligibility: