Authors in several AGU journals are asked to help support publication through payment of author fees. Publication fees vary by journal and were designed to keep institutional subscriptions affordable for these journals; details can be found here.
Excess page fees are in addition to the standard journal fee (see table). AGU encourages research publications that are thorough but also concisely presented. This benefits readers as well as reviewers, who are increasingly taxed. Editorial and production costs also scale with length. All AGU journals prefer papers of a reasonable length, but longer papers beyond these guidelines are allowed. The excess length fees recognize this incentive.
Funder and Institutional Discounts for Open Access: Many institutions cover completely or offer discounts off of open-access author publishing charges (APC) in AGU journals through accounts with our publishing partner Wiley. Some may apply to any author; others to just the corresponding author of the paper. Some may apply to fully open access journals only (such as Earth’s Future, GeoHealth, JAMES, and Earth and Space Science), whereas others may apply to open access in subscription journals (hybrid open access). Please check here to find out if your institution has an account.
Requests for waivers of publication and/or excess page fees are considered by AGU and the editors. Please explain your request in an email to the journal or in your cover letter.
Additional information on AGU open access options and policies are available here.