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The MIT Press publishes a significant number of open access journal articles and e-books each year. Our open access publishing program in journals began with the conversion of Information Technology and International Development from subscription-based to open access in 2006. Since then, the Press has continued to frequently add new titles to our OA library in order for us to bring authors to the widest global audience possible.

The Press employs a variety of business models to offset publication costs for our titles and is pleased to offer OA options for each journal that we publish. Below, you’ll find information on article processing charges, Creative Commons licenses, and much more.

The Press is particularly interested in open access experiments including overlay journals such as Rapid Reviews: COVID-19. If you are interested in discussing open access publishing options for your journal please contact Director of Journals & Open Access Nick Lindsay at nlindsay@mit.edu.

For more information about The MIT Press open access book publishing program please visit our OA Books page.

Hybrid Journals

Hybrid journals are subscription-based journals that offer open access options for a fee. For information on how to publish your accepted MIT Press journal article as an open access article, including Creative Commons license options, in one of our hybrid journals, please e-mail journals-rights@mit.edu. We can also accommodate requests to publish already accepted articles as open access. Our OA conversion fee is $1,600.00 per article.

Procedure for publishing accepted articles open access:

  1. Please send the name of the individual or organization responsible for payment of the open access fee to journals-rights@mit.edu. We will send an invoice in the amount of US$1600.00 as directed.
  2. Once the payment has been received, MIT Press Journals will adjust the website citation line of the article to indicate publication under a Creative Commons CC BY license. More information on the rights granted under this license are available from the Creative Commons website.
  3. The article will appear on the MIT Press Journals website as open access, immediately accessible upon publication of the associated issue, or sooner if the article appears in the journal’s early access section.

The MIT Press journals that offer this option are:

Diamond Open Access Journals

Diamond open access journals are ones where there is no fee to publish and the content is open to anyone to read. All of these titles employ a Creative Commons license for individual articles. These MIT Press titles are diamond open access:

Gold Open Access Journals

Gold open access journals have article processing charges to cover costs associated with publication. MIT Press gold OA titles are:

Network Neuroscience: Network Neuroscience charges an APC of $1,750 per article which will be billed upon acceptance of the manuscript. Commissioned Review and Perspective articles may be exempt from the APC, subject to prior arrangement with the Editor. Authors who are unable to pay may apply for a fee waiver; waivers will be granted on a case-by-case basis. All articles in Network Neuroscience are published under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license. This license provides unlimited free access and unrestricted reuse of original works of all types. By adopting this license, authors agree to make their articles available for reuse, without requiring permission or charging fees. Articles may be copied, distributed, posted or reused as long as the original authors and the source of the article are properly cited. Please note that as of January 1, 2022 the APC for Network Neuroscience will be increasing to $2,250. All manuscripts submitted after that date will be subjected to the new fee.

Neurobiology of Language: To offset expenses associated with the editorial process at NoL — including peer-review management, data tagging and composition, copyediting, online hosting and archiving, and publishing — the journal charges a publication fee to the authors, institutions, or funders for each article published. The fee is $1100 per article, which will be billed to the corresponding author upon acceptance of the article. There is no fee for invited articles. Authors are not charged for color figures, tables, or multimedia files.

Publication fees are $800 per article if the first and last authors are both members of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language. If you would like to join SNL and take advantage of membership, visit the SNL official webpage (http://www.neurolang.org). Accepted manuscripts will not be published until all payment has been received. Neurobiology of Language articles are published under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license. This license provides unlimited free access and unrestricted reuse of original works of all types. By adopting this license, authors agree to make their articles available for reuse, without requiring permission or charging fees. Articles may be copied, distributed, posted or reused as long as the original authors and the source of the article are properly cited.

This Creative Commons license complies with funders who require an unrestricted attribution license at time of acceptance, including Wellcome Trust, Charity Open Access Fund (COAF), and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). NoL articles funded by the NIH, Wellcome Trust, or other organizations that require open access upon publication, will be sent to the MIT Press special collection within PubMed.

Authors who are unable to pay may apply for a fee waiver; waivers will be granted on a case-by-case basis. Residents of certain countries are automatically entitled to a fee waiver – please send a query to the Managing Editor if your institution is in a country with limited capacity to fund scientific inquiry.

Open MIND: Discoveries in Cognitive Science: Open Mind provides a forum for three types of submissions: original Research Reports (brief or expanded) on all aspects of cognitive science, emphasizing new discoveries that advance the field or definitive contributions that settle an on-going controversy, or Perspectives that are a mix of short review and opinion piece on a critical issue in the field that highlights a new conceptual or methodological approach. Brief Research Reports are up to 4000 words (APC is $1000), whereas Expanded Research Reports are up to 10,000 words (APC is $1500). Perspectives are up to 4000 words (APC is $1000). All contributions published in the journal will be under a Creative Commons license, with the default as CC-BY.

Quantitative Science Studies: QSS is an open access journal that follows the Fair Open Access Principles. All contributions published in the journal will be under a Creative Commons license, with the default as CC-BY. Article processing charges (APCs) for articles and reviews are $600 for members of ISSI and $800 for non-members. In the period 2019–2021, APCs will be fully covered by the Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB) - Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology with support from the Communication, Information, Media Centre (KIM) of the University of Konstanz, except for those authors with access to institutional or organizational funds for APCs. These funds will be managed by the Fair Open Access Alliance.

Article Processing Charges for Quantitative Science Studies

The MIT Press has undertaken an effort to break out the APC for QSS into cost categories shown as a percentage of the total APC. These are best estimates prior to publication of the journal and as such represent a good faith attempt to account for all of the costs associated with publication without knowing precisely what they will be. Variable factors such as manuscript length, number of submissions, and marketing costs will have an effect on the estimates and we will revise them before the end of volume one. We’d like to note that our partners at the International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics have been very flexible in working with MIT Press to keep APCs for QSS low by taking on certain key editorial functions completely within their purview. Without their assistance, MIT Press would not be able to establish the APCs at their current level. The Press and the ISSI will periodically review APC for QSS.

The APC breakdown below is based on the $600 APC charge for ISSI members:

  • Production (copyediting, proofreading, composition): 60%
  • Manuscript submission system: 5%
  • Hosting Platform: 10%
  • Marketing: 10%
  • OA Fee waivers: 5%
  • MIT Press Overhead (includes APC administration): 5%
  • Investment in technology development: 5%

If you have any questions about open access at MIT Press please contact Journals and Open Access Director, Nick Lindsay at nlindsay (at) mit dot edu.

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