Science Advances
Edited byHolden Thorp, Ali Shilatifard
Publication details
LicenseCC BY or CC BY-NC
13.6 (2022)
Standard abbreviations
ISO 4Sci. Adv.
OCLC no.892343396

Science Advances is a peer-reviewed multidisciplinary open-access scientific journal established in early 2015 and published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The journal's scope includes all areas of science.


The journal was announced by the American Association for the Advancement of Science in February 2014, and the first articles were published in early 2015.[1][2][3] In 2019, Science Advances surpassed Science Magazine in the number of monthly submissions, becoming the largest member in the Science family of journals. It is the only member of that family where all papers are gold open access.

Editorial structure and journal scope

The journal's scope includes all areas of science, including life sciences, public health, neurosciences, physical sciences, social sciences, computer sciences, environmental sciences, and space sciences.[4] Editorial decisions are made by the editorial board. The board is divided into topical areas, each led by a deputy editor and composed of a group of associate editors.[5] Unlike other members of the Science family of journals published by AAAS, editors at Science Advances are working scientists.

Open access policies

All content published in the journal is freely accessible to readers. As of 2019, the article processing charge for articles published under a Creative Commons license is $4,950. When the journal was launched, its policy of using a default open license which does not permit commercial usage (CC NC-BY) was criticized by open access advocates, who preferred the less restrictive license that allows any use as long as attribution is provided (CC BY).[6][7][8][9]

See also


  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. Archived from the original on 13 February 2015. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
  3. ^ McNutt, M.; Leshner, A. I. (2014-02-14). "Science Advances". Science. 343 (6172): 709. doi:10.1126/science.1251654. ISSN 0036-8075. PMID 24523283. S2CID 206555690.
  4. ^ "Science Advances Mission and Scope". Science Advances.
  5. ^ Editorial Board.
  6. ^ Chawla, Dalmeet Singh (13 August 2014). "Opinion: OA Advocates Slam Science Advances". The Scientist. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
  7. ^ Tennant, Jonathan P.; et al. (2014). "Open Letter to The American Association for the Advancement of Science". The Winnower. doi:10.15200/winn.140813.35294.
  8. ^ Tennant, Jonathan P.; et al. (15 August 2014). "Open letter to the AAAS". ScienceOpen Blog. Retrieved 18 November 2019.
  9. ^ McKiernan, Erin; Tennant, Jonathan (2014). "AAAS misses opportunity to advance open access". The Winnower. doi:10.15200/winn.140984.44268.