Green Open Access* Policies and Procedures for ASTM International Journals and STPs

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ASTM continues to invest in the latest technologies to support our contributing authors with print, electronic publishing, metadata, and submissions to notable indexing and abstracting services.

ASTM has established a Green Open Access policy as of January 1, 2016. Under this new policy, authors will be allowed to deposit their final paper in their company or university repositories with appropriate reference to the source journal after a twelve-month embargo period. Prior to that time a pre-press version can be deposited. ASTM will not collect page charges or article processing charges. ASTM will retain and defend the copyright for all materials published by the society. For more details see the following Policies and Procedures section below.

*Green Open Access journals provide authors with free access to peer-reviewed papers, usually after an embargo period. There are no article processing charges.

Impetus: This is in consideration of mandates requiring government funded researchers to publish their work in peer-reviewed, Open Access (OA) journals. Open Access can be either Gold or Green. Gold OA is free immediately upon publication and the cost of publishing is borne by the authors who pay article processing charges (APCs). Green OA is free after an embargo period, and the authors are not charged APCs. The cost of publishing is borne by the subscribers. Article processing charges are acceptable but are usually not included in the funding. Authors are also requesting that their papers be included in their university or corporate repositories. To address these issues the following COP Policies and Procedures have been developed:

Policies and Procedures:

ASTM has adopted a Green OA process as of January 1, 2016.

The start date for the embargo period will be the date the paper is published online. For example:

Manuscript received February 5, 2015;

accepted for publication July 10, 2015;

published online October 10, 2015.

The article would then be available to authors for free October 10, 2016.

ASTM will continue its subscription-based business model and retain copyright. No APCs will be levied except for color printing.

Authors may place their approved, pre-press papers without final edits, which they receive from the copyeditor, in their company or university repository in accordance with the Fair Use terms outlined in the Author Copyright Agreement (also below) recognizing ASTM International as the publisher with a complete reference including the DOI.

Final papers will be made available to authors without charge after a 12-month embargo period. After the embargo is lifted, authors can submit the final published paper to their company or university repositories with appropriate reference to ASTM International as the copyright holder, including the DOI.

Subscribers to ASTM Compass® or to individual journals would have immediate access to all published papers (with no embargo). Individual papers can also be purchased by non-subscribers immediately upon publication.

Papers published prior to January 1, 2016, will remain part of the subscription-based process and will not be available as OA publications.

ASTM will defend copyright and submit published work to the Library of Congress.

ASTM will collect ORCID numbers from authors, assign DOIs for papers, and submit this material to CrossRef, FundRef, and other indexing services.

ASTM will conduct the rigorous peer review process established by the COP.

ASTM will copyedit, format, and prepare metadata for each published paper. The papers will be published online in full color. Printed materials will be in black and white unless color page charges have been collected.

Non-subscribers to Compass® would pay for purchasing papers from the ASTM website or they may contact the author for a free copy of the paper. The author can provide the paper to the researcher or direct them to their repository for the pre-press version while the embargo is in place and to the final version after the embargo has been lifted.

Fair Use Excerpt from the ASTM Author Agreement:

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