We usually don’t put exclamation points in titles around here, but we’re really excited about this one. As of 1 January 2022, all AAS journals will officially be open access (OA) — which means that anyone can read, download, and share the content in them with no subscription charge. We think this is a huge and important step in our efforts to increase equity and the sharing of knowledge in astronomy, and we hope that you agree!
For the full details about this change, you can read our press release and our detailed FAQ. And if you’re new to the world of academic publishing, check out CfA/AAS Innovation Scientist Peter Williams’s excellent — and honest — summary of the scene and how AAS’s move to OA fits in.
Here, we’ll just briefly outline this transition and a few of its implications so you can see how this might impact you as a member of the astronomy community.
Wait, What’s Happening?
After 1 January 2022, all AAS journals will transition to an open access model. This means no more subscriptions, paywalls, or access control on any past, present, or future AAS journals content after 31 December 2021.
All AAS journals will ...