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Publication Fees and Access Options

Our simple publication fees and choices ensure that Rockefeller University Press is able to offer a home to all manuscripts that meet the criteria of novelty, significance, and scientific rigor. 

Authors who publish in Journal of Cell Biology (JCB), Journal of Experimental Medicine (JEM), and Journal of General Physiology (JGP) may select:

gold unlocked lock image Open Access under a CC-BY license for a fee of $5,300, also known as "gold" immediate open access. This includes deposit in PubMed Central (PMC) for immediate release, archive in LOCKSS/CLOCKSS, Portico, promotion to the scientific community, and syndication to ResearchGate in a pilot project.


Open access 6 months after publication under a CC-BY-NC-SA license for a fee of $2,000. This includes deposit in PubMed Central (PMC) under a 6 month embargo, archive in LOCKSS/CLOCKSS and Portico and promotion to the scientific community RUP authors retain copyright and may self-archive in a freely accessible institutional or a repository. This is often described as "green" open access

Inability to pay will not affect the publication of your manuscript. If you are experiencing financial hardship or complications with requirements by your funder, please contact us for more information at

JCB, JEM, and JGP have secured Transformative Journal status from cOAlition S. Your institution or funder may cover your $5,300 Open Access fees through December 31, 2024.

cOAlition S provides the Journal Checker Tool (JCT) beta to guide researchers on compliance with their funder's Plan S-aligned Open Access policy as per the Implementation Roadmap of cOAlition S Organizations.

cOAlition S Rights Retention Strategy: RUP authors retain copyright and may self-archive any or all versions of their manuscript or the published article in a freely accessible institutional or funder repository.  While some cOAlition S funders will cover the $5,300 Open Access fee, none will cover the standard option for Open Access 6 months after publication.

Corresponding authors at institutions in Read-and-Publish agreements: Your institution may participate in an agreement that allows for unlimited publishing with no author fees. We have Read-and-Publish agreements in place with IReL in the Republic of Ireland, with Jisc in the United Kingdom, with Max Planck in Germany, and with VIVA in the United States, along with individual libraries who are participating. Please check our Read-and-Publish portal to see if you can publish an unlimited number of articles with no author fees through your institution's library.

Lower- and middle-income countries: To address equity in Open Access publishing and promote important global research, publication fees for Open Access under CC-BY license in JCB, JEM, and JGP are automatically waived for authors from lower- and middle-income countries identified by the Research4Life organizations HINARI, AGORA, and OARE. Primary corresponding authors based in eligible countries may now publish Open Access under a CC-BY license without publication fees. This includes deposit in PubMed Central (PMC) and archive in LOCKSS/CLOCKSS and Portico. View the full list of eligible lower- and middle-income countries here.

If you need more information about access options for your manuscript, please contact or (212) 327-7938

Publishing discount for Society of General Physiologists members: The Society of General Physiologists and JGP have a partnership offering a $2,000 discount on the JGP publication fee to all SGP members. To enable the discount, active members can use a promotional code during invoicing. To receive a promotional code, members must contact SGP. Learn more about the benefits of an SGP membership here:

Learn more about the editorial process in JCB, JEM, and JGP.

Authors who publish in Life Science Alliance (LSA)

gold unlocked lock image $3,500 Open Access under a CC-BY license. This includes deposit in PubMed Central (PMC) and, archive in LOCKSS/CLOCKSS and Portico. Articles are released on PMC upon issue publication. Learn more here.

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