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Science Advances is a peer-reviewed multidisciplinary open-access scientific journal established in early 2015. It is the fourth journal published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the first that is gold open access and online only.[1] The journal's scope includes all areas of science, including the life sciences, physical sciences, social sciences, computer sciences, and environmental sciences.

Science Advances  
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Edited byJeremy Berg, Ali Shilatifard, and an Editorial Board of 160+ academic editors
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LicenseCC-BY or CC BY-NC
Standard abbreviations
Sci. Adv.
OCLC no.892343396



The creation of Science Advances was announced in February 2014, and the journal published its first articles in early 2015.[2] In mid 2018, the journal was issued one of the highest initial journal impact factors for any open access journal.[citation needed] Over the first three years of its life, Science Advances received nearly 12,000 submissions, of which it published close to 2000, for an overall acceptance rate of around 17%.

Editorial structureEdit

Editorial decisions at Science Advances are made by the Editorial Board, which is composed entirely of working scientists, with input from external peer reviewers. The board is divided into editorial groups, each of which is led by a Deputy Editor and composed of a group of Associate Editors. Science Advances is the only journal published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science in which all editorial decisions are made by scientists. The Editorial Board is supported by a full-time professional staff.

Open access policiesEdit

The journal publishes all articles by default under the non-commercial Creative Commons license (CC-BY-NC), and allows authors to pay an additional fee to enable commercial reuse. Currently, the article processing charge for articles published under a CC BY-NC or CC BY license is $4,500. When the journal was launched, this policy was initially criticized by open access advocates, who preferred the less restrictive CC-BY license.[3]


  1. ^ Kastrenakes, Jacob (12 February 2014). "'Science' publisher is launching a free-to-read journal". The Verge. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
  2. ^ Van Noorden, Richard (12 February 2014). "AAAS announces open-access journal". Nature. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
  3. ^ Chawla, Dalmeet Singh (13 August 2014). "Opinion: OA Advocates Slam Science Advances". The Scientist. Retrieved 12 February 2015.

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