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Upcoming changes to Journal of Arachnology publication fees

Currently, members of the American Arachnological Society may publish in the Journal of Arachnology free of charge; authors who are not members of the American Arachnological Society are charged US$75.00 per printed page. However, no paper is rejected solely because the authors cannot cover page charges, and members are encouraged to make partial payment if they are able to. If page charges are a financial hardship, authors are encouraged to contact the Editor-in-Chief (debsmith@ku.edu) and AAS treasurer, Dr. Cara Shillington (cshilling@emich.edu) to request a full or partial waiver.

Beginning with manuscripts submitted in May of 2022, members of the American Arachnological Society will be charged US$10.00 per printed page; charges for non-members remain the same—US$75.00 per printed page. As before, no paper will be rejected solely because the authors cannot cover page charges, and no paper first submitted before May 2022 will incur retroactive charges.

Why are we doing this? We need the money. The cost of publishing the Journal of Arachnology has been rising slowly but steadily, especially the cost of producing the print issues. In addition, with Volume 50 (2022), we have begun “continuous publishing.”  Articles are now published online as soon as they are ready, rather than waiting until publication of the print issue. These articles appear on BioOne and on the AAS websites complete with final volume, issue, and pagination. This makes articles available sooner but adds an additional fee for publication of each article.

We feel that a $10 per page charge will not be a burden for most authors, and it will put our Journal in a more secure financial position.

Deborah Smith, Editor-in-Chief