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Cell Press is committed to meeting the growing demand for open access and new publishing model options.

10 facts about Cell Press and open access

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Cell Press journals that are open access

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Percentage of articles published in the past year that are open access

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Cell Press journals that are hybrid

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Number of researchers around the world who will be able to access and read your work, without charge

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Number of Cell Press open access articles published in 2020

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Percentage increase in Cell Press open access articles from 2019 to 2020

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>45 MM

Downloads of OA articles on in 2020

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12 months after publication

When all research papers become open archive and free for anyone to view

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The year we published our first gold open access journal

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Areas of science that we publish open access


This list covers authors’ most frequently asked questions related to open access at Cell Press. For questions not included below, please contact [email protected]

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General questions

  • Open access (OA) is a way of publishing scholarly content in which articles are immediately accessible upon publication to readers, free of charge, and usually with no or few restrictions regarding reuse, via a Creative Commons licence. Authors typically retain the copyright of their work. Costs for publication are covered by article publishing charges.

    By comparison, when papers are published in subscription journals, the journal holds the copyright and usually makes the papers available to paying subscribers. The cost of publication is covered by readers—spread across thousands of institutional and individual subscribers—who pay to receive access.

    There are two types of open access models:

    Gold open access means that readers may freely access articles as soon as they are published, and the costs of publishing are typically supported by the authors via an article publishing charge (APC).

    Green open access applies to articles published under the subscription model, whereby authors can post an early version of their article, such as the accepted manuscript, in a repository so readers can access it freely. A time delay might apply, which means that accepted manuscripts can be posted elsewhere after a specified timeframe (usually 12 months); this is called the embargo period. Green open access also refers to self-archiving on the website of the authors, or their funder, or in an independent non-commercial repository. If authors publish under the subscription model, the journal usually holds the paper’s copyright.

    Journals can be designated fully gold open access, green open access, or hybrid. Fully gold open access journals only publish articles that are freely accessible as soon as they are published. Hybrid journals publish both subscription and open access articles and allow authors to choose between those options. Subscription-only journals mainly publish papers that are available to paying subscribers.

  • Of our 55+ research and review titles, 17 are fully gold open access journals, and the rest are hybrid journals. This enables us to accommodate the different needs and demands of institutions, funders, academic societies, and researchers around the world.

  • All Cell Press non-open access papers become freely accessible to anyone, regardless of whether they have a subscription, 12 months after publication. We call these freely accessible papers our open archive. Once a paper is open archive, you can take advantage of wider sharing options such as publicly posting your accepted manuscript on your institution's repository. Before this, at acceptance, you will also receive a ShareLink, which will also allow you to freely share your work. Our society journal partners have varying open archive polices, so please refer to their homepages for specific details.

    Open access is different from our open archive in two respects. First, if a paper is open access, the authors hold the copyright, whereas the journal holds the copyrights of papers in the open archive. Second, open access papers are available immediately, whereas papers in the open archive become available 12 months after publication. If applicable, Cell Press articles on are labelled "Open Access" or "Open Archive" under the article's title and author information.

  • Step 1:
    Once your article is accepted, our production team will send you a confirmation email that will contain a link to an online rights and access form, which will ask you to list your institutional affiliations, co-authors, and funding sources so we can see whether you are entitled to any pricing benefits.

    Step 2:
    When you complete the form, you will be presented with a choice of available publishing options (including the price of the open access option, if available) based on the journal and article type, and you will be prompted to enter billing contact information if you select the open access option.

    Step 3:
    Upon receipt, our production system will email a PDF invoice (including tax, if applicable) to your billing contact within 24–48 hours.

  • No, the choice to publish open access does not impact editorial decisions.

  • All 16 of our Trends reviews journals, as well as our research journals One Earth, Biophysical Journal, Molecular Plant, and Molecular Therapy provide you with the option to publish open access on some types of non-research articles. All other Cell Press hybrid journals do not offer open access options for non-research articles. If your funders have specific mandates for this type of content, please contact the journal.

  • Licenses define what permissions the copyright holder grants to third parties in relation to the reuse of their content.

    You may choose between a commercial and a non-commercial Creative Commons license for open access articles. Once selected, Creative Commons licenses are non-revocable for the full duration of the copyright protection, so we recommend you check whether your funding body requires a specific license. If you determine that you have selected the wrong license, please contact the journal.

    A Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY) is a commercial license. It allows users to alter and build upon the article and then distribute the resulting work, even commercially. As with all Creative Commons licenses, the work must be attributed to the original author and publisher. This license encourages maximum use and redistribution but gives you the least control about how the work might be reused.

    A Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works License (CC BY-NC-ND) is a non-commercial, non-derivative license. It allows users to copy and distribute the article, provided the work is attributed back to the original author and publisher. The article cannot be changed in any way or used commercially. This license gives you the most control over how the work might appear or be used.

    The authors' choice of Creative Commons licenses is denoted in the article footer.

  • We recognize that you want to share your work with your peers, and we encourage this. If your article has been published under the subscription option, Cell Press will send you and your co-authors a Share Link when your article is published. Share Links are personal, customized short links that provide anyone with the link free access to your article for 50 days. Readers who click on the Share Link will be taken directly to your article. The Share Link is sent when your article publishes online as a corrected proof or in a print issue, whichever occurs first. For questions about your link, please follow up with your journal contact. For more information on how you can share your paper, please visit:

  • As a signatory of the Wellcome Statement on sharing research data and findings relevant to the COVID-19 outbreak, Cell Press makes all related papers immediately freely available and posts them on our Coronavirus Resource Hub once they are online. Open access is a separate consideration and Creative Commons licences are not automatically granted by this policy.

Payment options

  • "APC" stands for article publishing charge. These charges are paid by you, your institution or funding bodies, to fund open access publication of articles.

  • Cell Press APC prices are set on a per-journal basis. Fees range between US$1,750 and US$9,900, excluding tax, with prices clearly displayed on the APC price list on our rights, sharing, and embargos page.

  • The invoice for your article will be dispatched to the email address listed as your billing contact within 24–48 hours of completing your rights and access form (which is sent by our production team once your paper has been accepted). We ask that the invoice be paid via credit card, bank transfer, or PO within 30 days. If you do not receive the invoice when expected, please check your spam/junk folders for an email from [email protected], and then contact the journal so they can investigate. If someone other than one of the authors of the article is responsible for the invoice (e.g., your institution's finance department), it's good practice to follow up to make sure they received it. For a copy of your invoice or any other billing questions, please contact Elsevier Researcher Support.

  • For bank and company address details, please see the landing page for your article's online forms, which you receive upon acceptance. At the top of that page, you will find a "Terms and Conditions of Sale and Purchase" link to a separate page with this information.

  • In most cases when the invoice price does not match your expectations, you will discover that your effective cost to publish in one of our journals is lower than the listed APC because additional discounts have been applied as a result of your affiliation with institutions or countries with a specific funding agreement with Elsevier and/or Cell Press. If your invoice is higher than expected, please contact the journal.

  • Yes. If an open access option is presented for your article, you can choose to pay the APC yourself, regardless of whether your funder's open access policies apply to your article.

  • Yes; however, the request must be received no later than January 31st of the calendar year after your article publishes. This cut-off date allows Cell Press to uphold our "no double dipping" policy. Double dipping is the practice of selling subscriptions to open access content, effectively charging twice for the same article. It is unethical, and we do not do it.

  • Cell Press open access journals support open access publication for groups of authors from Research4Life (R4L) countries. When publishing in gold open access journals, we waive all open access charges for authors from Group A countries and territories and give a 50% discount for authors from Group B countries and territories.

    When submitting to a gold open access journal, authors who are eligible for a Research4Life APC waiver or discount do not have to request the waiver or discount prior to their article submission. The R4L eligibility check will be automatic.

    If authors from other countries find the publishing fee associated with an open access journal challenging to cover, we will consider individual discount requests on a case-by-case basis. Please note we are limited in the discounts we are able to offer. If you have any questions about these provisions, please contact us at [email protected]. Please note that our society publications may have different procedures related to how member discounts are applied, so please contact those journals for more information.

Cell Press open access journals and pricing

Cell Press has 17 fully open access journals and this list continues to grow. This includes the Cell Reports Portfolio, Heliyon, iScience and many more below:

Journal Open access fee (GBP, EURO, USD)
(excluding taxes)
Posting embargo period
(subscription articles)
Full open access
Biophysical Reports cover Biophysical Reports £1,600, €1,700, $2,000 for research and review articles
£1,440, €1,530, $1,800 for society members
£470, €530, $600 for letters
£423, €477, $540 for letters for society members
Cell Genomics cover Cell Genomics £7,000, €7,600, $8,900
special introductory fee: £3,500, €3,800, $4,450
Cell Reports £4,100, €4,500, $5,200 None
Cell Reports Medicine cover Cell Reports Medicine £4,100, €4,500, $5,200 None
Cell Reports Methods cover Cell Reports Methods £4,100, €4,500, $5,200 None
Cell Reports Physical Science cover Cell Reports Physical Science £4,100, €4,500, $5,200 None
Heliyon cover Heliyon £1,530, €1,710, $1,950 None
HGG Advances cover Human Genetics and Genomics Advances £2,590, €2,890, $3,300
£2,072, €2,312, $2,640 for society members
iScience cover iScience £2,400, €2,600, $3,000 None
Molecular Therapy - Methods & Clinical Development cover Molecular Therapy - Methods & Clinical Development £3,100, €3,300, $3,900
£2,544, €2,708, $3,200 for society members
Molecular Therapy - Nucleic Acids cover Molecular Therapy - Nucleic Acids £3,100, €3,300, $3,900
£2,544, €2,708, $3,200 for society members
Molecular Therapy - Oncolytics cover Molecular Therapy - Oncolytics £3,100, €3,300, $3,900
£2,544, €2,708, $3,200 for society members
Patterns cover Patterns £7,000, €7,600, $8,900
special introductory fee: £3,500, €3,800, $4,450
Plant Communications cover Plant Communications £1,410, €1,550, $1,800 for research, review and resource articles
£710, €790, $900 for correspondence articles
Star Protocols cover STAR Protocols £1,200, €1,300, $1,500
special introductory fee: £900, €975, $1,125
Stem Cell Reports cover Stem Cell Reports £3,000, €3,300, $3,800
£2,605, €2,866, $3,300 for society members
The Innovation cover The Innovation £3,900, €4,300, $5,000
APCs waived until 31st Dec 2022
Hybrid open access *
Cancer Cell cover Cancer Cell £7,000, €7,600, $8,900 12 months
Cell cover Cell £7,800, €8,500, $9,900 12 months
Cell Chemical Biology cover Cell Chemical Biology £7,000, €7,600, $8,900 12 months
Cell Host & Microbe cover Cell Host & Microbe £7,000, €7,600, $8,900 12 months
Cell Metabolism cover Cell Metabolism £7,000, €7,600, $8,900 12 months
Cell Stem Cell cover Cell Stem Cell £7,000, €7,600, $8,900 12 months
Cell Systems cover Cell Systems £7,000, €7,600, $8,900 12 months
Chem cover Chem £7,000, €7,600, $8,900 12 months
Chem Catalysis cover Chem Catalysis £7,000, €7,600, $8,900
special introductory fee: £5,250, €5,700, $6,675
12 months
Current Biology cover Current Biology £5,300, €5,800, $6,700 12 months
Developmental Cell cover Developmental Cell £7,000, €7,600, $8,900 12 months
Immunity cover Immunity £7,000, €7,600, $8,900 12 months
Joule cover Joule £7,000, €7,600, $8,900 12 months
Matter cover Matter £7,000, €7,600, $8,900 12 months
Med cover Med £7,000, €7,600, $8,900
special introductory fee: £5,250, €5,700, $6,675
12 months
Molecular Cell cover Molecular Cell £7,000, €7,600, $8,900 12 months
Neuron cover Neuron £7,000, €7,600, $8,900 12 months
One Earth cover One Earth £7,000, €7,600, $8,900
special introductory fee: £3,500, €3,800, $4,450
12 months
Structure cover Structure £7,000, €7,600, $8,900 12 months
Trends cover Trends review journals £5,300, €5,800, $6,700 None
Biophysical Journal cover Biophysical Journal £2,000, €2,100, $2,500 12 months
Molecular Plant cover Molecular Plant £2,400, €2,600, $3,000 for research and review articles
£1,200, €1,300, $1,500 for short papers
12 months
Molecular Therapy cover Molecular Therapy £3,100, €3,300, $3,900
£2,544, €2,708, $3,200 for society members
12 months
AJHG cover The American Journal of Human Genetics £3,900, €4,300, $5,000 6 months

* Authors of reviews, perspectives, and primers in One Earth and authors of reviews in Biophysical Journal, Molecular Plant, and Trends journals can select open access publication. For all other hybrid journals, the open access option applies only to research articles.

This posting embargo period is distinct from the press embargo discussed under Rights and sharing above. There is no posting embargo for open access papers.