Authors in several AGU journals are asked to help support publication through payment of author fees for accepted articles. Publication fees vary by journal and were designed to keep institutional subscriptions affordable for these journals; details can be found here.
Research Articles in most AGU journals have an allowed length of 25 publication units. Letters in Geophysical Research Letters (GRL) and Technical Reports on Data or Methods in Earth and Space Science have an allowed length of 12 publication units (1 unit = 500 words or 1 table or figure; title, plain language summary, author lists, references, and all supplements are excluded). 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. However, all AGU journals except GRL allow longer papers beyond these guidelines for an additional fee (see table) that reflects these incentives. Submissions to GRL that are longer than the allowed length of 12 Publication Units will be returned immediately for shortening.
Open Access is available for any AGU journal. Information on options, fees, and policies are available here.
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.
In addition, AGU through Wiley grants discounts or automatic waivers to authors from certain countries. See the list here.
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.