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Physics Societies Unite in Support of Open Access

Monday, 21 December 2020

A committment to making open access (OA) to physics research a reality..

In a joint statement, major physics societies express strong support for open access and emphasize the need for a pragmatic and sustainable approach.

The statement, titled "Achieving Open Access in Physics," reaffirms the innovative ways that the physics community has long supported open access (OA) through its preprint server ( and fully OA journals.

The statement also points out that a shift from the reader-pays subscription model to a researcher-pays OA system will require a substantial realignment of funding structures. "Broader global financial support for OA will need to be in place before most hybrid physics journals can viably transition," the statement says. "Adjustments to the global flow of funding will take time.".

The signatory group comprises 16 societies: The Acoustical Society of America, The American Association of Physicists in Medicine, The American Association of Physics Teachers, The American Astronomical Society, The American Crystallographic Association, The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, The American Institute of Physics, The American Physical Society, AVS Science & Technology of Materials Interfaces and Processes, The Chinese Physical Society, The European Physical Society, The Institute of Physics, The Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine, The Laser Institute of America, The Optical Society, and The Society of Rheology.