Applied Spectroscopy and Open Access


The Society for Applied Spectroscopy is a non-profit organization dedicated to the dissemination of information related to spectroscopy. The SAS publishes Applied Spectroscopy monthly. Applied Spectroscopy is an international journal for the publication of original research and review articles, both fundamental and applied, covering all aspects of spectroscopy. The journal has been published continuously since 1951 and is highly respected in the analytical chemistry and spectroscopy community. Submitted papers are put through a rigorous peer review process and accepted manuscripts are copyedited to a very high standard.

Open Access has become a complex issue in the publishing world because of the various options available and also because of the proliferation of “fly-by-night” open access journals. By publishing your research results in Applied Spectroscopy you are publishing in a journal with a 60-year tradition of publishing outstanding, groundbreaking work.

There are two primary vehicles for delivering OA for research articles: Gold Open Access and Green Open Access.

Gold Open Access
For Gold Open Access the publisher makes the final published form of the article freely available. For Applied Spectroscopy, Gold OA articles are flagged by the journal host (www.ingentaconnect.com) as “Open access content” and can be downloaded free of charge by anyone with Internet access. Gold OA articles are subject to the same rigorous peer review as all other submitted articles.


If you submit a paper for consideration as Gold OA, please clearly specify your request in the cover letter. Additionally, identify that the work will be made available under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0) license. If the paper is accepted for publication, the corresponding author will be billed $200 per published page and asked to sign Applied Spectroscopy's applicable copyright agreement.


Green Open Access
For Green Open Access the publisher provides access to the paper for journal subscribers for a defined period of time (the embargo period) and after that period expires the paper is placed in an archive or repository where it is freely accessible. The form of the paper that is made available varies from publisher to publisher. For Applied Spectroscopy, the final published version of the paper is made available (as a pdf).


Focal Point Reviews
In keeping with the mandate of the Society to “… advance and disseminate knowledge and information concerning the art and science of spectroscopy and other allied sciences" the journal supports and facilitates open access to its content. Since 1994 Applied Spectroscopy has been featuring review papers (called Focal Point Reviews) on different aspects of fundamental and applied spectroscopy. These review papers are peer-reviewed and are intended to provide an introduction, overview, and perspective on the subject of the review. As a service to the analytical chemistry and spectroscopy community, these papers are available as Gold OA. We hope that through this initiative we can provide a resource for researchers, students, and the general public to learn more about spectroscopy and its many uses in fields such as chemistry, physics, biological and health sciences, environmental science, materials science, archeology and art conservation, and forensic science.

Complying with Funding Agencies

Applied Spectroscopy encourages and supports author compliance with the directives of various funding bodies that require grantees to place a version of the accepted manuscript in an open digital archive, such as PubMed Central, after an embargo period. For authors funded through NIH (USA) and CIHR (Canada), Applied Spectroscopy will facilitate this process at the author's request by uploading a pdf version of the manuscript to PubMed Central after the mandated embargo period has expired. Currently, there is no charge for this service.


Gold OA: Page Charges
At an author's request, Applied Spectroscopy will publish, as Gold OA, submitted articles for which a voluntary page charge of $200 per published page is levied to provide for open access when the article is published.


Gold OA: Copyright

Authors who choose the “Gold OA” option agree that the work will be made available under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0) license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/.


The Society for Applied Spectroscopy, as the copyright holder, grants the rights described by the Creative Commons CC BY 3.0 license and will allow unrestricted access to the final published article from the society's website or repository.


The author may also place a final published version of the article into a repository of their choice for non-commercial, educational purposes.

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