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More Open-Access Options on the Way

The American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Royal Society of London each announced recently that they are launching open-access journals.

The AAAS journal, called Science Advances, is to begin being published in early 2015, the Nature News Blog reports. The online-only journal will encompass a broad spectrum of disciplines, and it will be funded through processing charges paid by the authors.

"With this publishing model, the number of papers that can be published is limited only by the quality of submissions," write Marcia McNutt, the editor-in-chief of Science, and Alan Leshner, the CEO of AAAS and the executive publisher of Science, in an editorial in Science.

The Royal Society of London, meanwhile, is also planning on starting a new journal, called Royal Society Open Science, in the fall that is to encompass all aspects of mathematics and science, the Guardian reports. The new journal will also publish studies with negative results. It, too, will be funded through author fees, paid upon submission.

"The publishing model is continually evolving and it's important that the Royal Society's own journal offerings do so too," says Sir Paul Nurse, president of the Royal Society, in a press release.