Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Science Partner Journal (SPJ) program?

The SPJ program is run by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the nonprofit publisher of the Science family of journals. The SPJ program features high-quality, online-only, Open Access publications produced in collaboration with international research institutions, foundations, funders, and societies. More information is available here.

What is the relationship between the Science Partner Journals and Science?

While the Science Partner Journals and the Science family of journals share the same publisher and best practices, they operate on separate submission and publication platforms and all Science Partner Journals are editorially independent, run by the journal partner organization.

When will journals in the SPJ program be launched?

The first journal in the SPJ program, Research, launched in March 2018 and began publishing its first content in August 2018. Subsequent titles have and will launch on a regular basis. Please visit the SPJ home page for the list of current titles.

Who has access to content published in the SPJ program?

Journals in the SPJ program are published as Open Access under a Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). This means that as soon as an article publishes, it can be read by anyone, anywhere, at any time.

I am an author. How do I submit my work to a journal in the SPJ program?

Instructions on how to submit your research for potential publication in an SPJ journal will be posted on the home page for that journal as soon as submissions open. For the latest insights on newly included titles, please visit the SPJ home page.

How much will the article processing charge (APC) be for a journal in the SPJ series?

This depends on the journal. Details on APCs for each journal will be made available when that journal officially opens for submissions.

I am affiliated with an organization that might be a good fit for the SPJ program. How does my organization apply?

Details on how to become a partner organization can be found on our Become a Partner Organization page.

I have more questions!

For more information about the program, please visit the SPJ home page or contact