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Publication fees are required for publication in the journals of the American Astronomical Society. These cover some of the costs of publication and allow us to more fairly share charges between researchers and libraries. Please be aware that the journals do not receive direct funding from any external agencies. Support from publication charges allows lower subscription prices and thus a greater circulation for the journal as well as open access after one year.

The Astronomical Journal, The Astrophysical Journal, The Astrophysical Journal Letters, and The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series

Article Charges

The American Astronomical Society has revised its calculation of author charges using an approach that counts units of information in the digital form that the author supplies; we are calling these units "digital quanta". Digital quanta are units of information in digital form that can include words, figures, tables, digital-only components, and figures within a figure set. This is a significant (although mostly invisible) step we are taking to make the AAS journals fully digital.

The table below lists the types of digital quanta and the corresponding components equal to a single quantum. Digital quanta will be charged at a rate of $35 per quantum with the exception of word quanta, which will be charged at a rate of $30 per quantum.

Type of quanta Components/Quanta charged
Words 350
Figures 1
Tables 1
Digital Components (MRTs, MPG, etc…) 1
Figure Sets 100 Figures

In addition to the above digital quanta, there are surcharges for specific cases. These are listed in the table below.

Type of surcharge Cost
Letters handling charge $120
Errata handling charge $50
Printed color page (per printed page) $350

For information regarding page charges for articles accepted prior to April 1, 2011, go here.

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