Publication fees

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. Excess page fees are in addition to the standard journal fee. 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 funders and institutions now completely cover or take advantage of discounts on open access author publishing charges in AGU journals through accounts with our publishing partner, Wiley. These instances may apply to any author while others apply only for the corresponding author of the paper. Find out if your institution has an account.

AGU discounts and waivers – AGU through Wiley offers discounts or waivers on fees from authors under particular circumstances and from certain countries. Specific information can be found here. Requests for waivers are welcome and considered by AGU and the editors.  Please explain your request in an email to the journal here or in your cover letter.

Fees by Journal

Journal

Publication Fee

Excess Fee per Publication Unit (PU)a

Open Access APC

(Replaces Publication Fee)

Advancesb $0 $125

$2000 (introductory rate)

Earth and Space Scienceb $0 $125

$1800 (research article)

$900 (technical report)

Earth’s Futureb

$0

$125

$1800

GeoHealthb

$0

$125

$1800

Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems

$500

$125

$3500

Geophysical Research Letters (GRL)

$500

$125

$2500

Global Biogeochemical Cycles

$0

$125

$3500

Journal of Geophysical Research (all)

$1000

$125

$3500

Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems (JAMES) b $0 $125

$1800

Paleoceanography & Paleoclimatology

$0

$125

$3500

Radio Science

$1000

$125

$3500

Reviews of Geophysics

$0

$0

$3500

Space Weather

$0

$125

$3500

Tectonics

$0

$125

$3500

Water Resources Research

$0

$125

$2500 for papers accepted after 1 January 2018

a Excess fees apply for more than 25 publication units, except GRL, for which excess fees apply for more than 12 publication units. Please note that GRL rarely accepts papers over 12 publication units and authors are expected to stay within this limit. GRL Frontier articles incur excess fees at 19 PU. Excess fees are charged by all journals, including those for which authors pay an open access APC.
b Advances, Earth and Space Science, Earth’s Future, GeoHealth, and JAMES are Gold open-access journals.

Publication units (PU):  Total publishing units = # of words/500 + # of figures + # of tables
Word count includes abstract, text, figure captions, and appendices.
Word count excludes title, author list and affiliations, plain language summary, tables, references, and supporting information.

Tables larger than one page should be Excel or .csv files in supporting information.