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New PNAS Agreement: Updated Open Access Publishing Terms for Authors

Wed, May 29, 2024 10:10 AM

The University of California has renewed its open access publishing agreement with the National Academy of Sciences. 

While UC authors can continue to publish open access in PNAS at a discounted rate, the article processing charge (APC) will increase annually over the course of the three-year agreement due to changes in PNAS’s universal pricing structure. The APC under the previous agreement was set at $3,000, and in year 1 of the new agreement (for the rest of 2024), it will increase to $3,225.

While the UC libraries and authors will both experience somewhat higher costs under the new agreement, the APC for UC authors remains $2,000 below the standard APC for immediate open access publishing in PNAS. This discount is automatically applied for all UC-affiliated corresponding authors.

For questions about publishing open access with PNAS, please contact Jerrold Shiroma at