Copyright for articles published in Applied Physics Express (APEX) or Japanese Journal of Applied Physics (JJAP), except Open Select articles, is transferred to the Japan Society of Applied Physics (JSAP) when the article is accepted for publication in the journal in any form. JSAP shall have the right to publish the article in any medium or by any means. Reproduction and/or reuse of those articles, including posting on any repository and uploading on any server that is open to the public, is not allowed without the prior permission of the JSAP.
Many authors in today's publishing environment, on the other hand, may want to make their research freely available to all reader communities. To help authors gain maximum exposure for their novel, important, timely research articles, the JSAP offers an open access (OA) option for articles published in APEX and JJAP. This OA program is called Open Select. Anyone (authors, institutions, funding agencies, etc.) can, by paying a one-time extra fee, make the article freely available to others on the journal website without extra cost or need of a subscription.
All Open Select articles as well as other OA articles (e.g., JJAP Conference Proceedings articles) are published under the Creative Commons CC-BY license. This license allows authors to retain ownership of the copyright for their work while granting all users permission to share and adapt an author's work, even for commercial use, as long as the author is properly attributed.
Open access (OA) refers to making the content of research articles available to all interested readers without charge and giving the permission of the copyright owner to copy, redistribute or reuse content. It expands the availability of articles to anyone with an Internet connection and an interest in a specific topic. There are two typical OA publishing models: Gold OA and Green OA.
This is a model in which the final published version (or version of record, VOR) of an article is made freely available upon payment of the article processing charge (APC) by the author, his/her funding agency or a third party. Copyright can either be licensed or assigned in the standard manner, but the publisher makes the content free to be viewed and reused (subject to some restrictions defined by the publisher) immediately after publication.
Green open access refers to the “self-archiving” of the content of a published article in a repository that is publicly and freely accessible, usually after a delay (embargo) period of up to 12 months. The author's peer-reviewed, accepted manuscript (but before any copy-editing, coding, etc.), not the final published version (or version of record, VOR), can be posted onto the repository. Copyright is generally assigned to the publisher and the author is given the right to post onto a repository within the restrictions stated above.
APEX and JJAP are hybrid OA journals, that is, subscription-based journals that offer an OA option. Authors may choose to make their APEX/JJAP articles freely available to all interested readers by using the Open Select option.
The following articles are classified as Gold OA in APEX/JJAP.
JSAP offers the OA option for articles published in APEX and JJAP. This OA program is called Open Select. Anyone (authors, institutions, funding agencies, etc.) can, by paying a one-time extra fee (covering APC), make the article freely available to others on the journal website without extra cost or need of a subscription.
All open access articles, including Open Select articles and all articles in JJAP Conference Proceedings, are published under the Creative Commons CC-BY license. The copyright of the Open Select articles, to which the Creative Commons CC-BY license has been applied, shall belong to the authors. This policy may be retroactively applied to Open Select articles already existing before July 10, 2015, with the authors' agreement.
For Open Select articles published prior to July 10, 2015, where the author has not agreed to the CC-BY license being applied retroactively to the article, the copyright still belongs to the JSAP. Reproducing and/or reusing those articles, including uploading on any server that is open to the public, is not allowed without the prior permission of the JSAP.
The Open Select fee is an additional charge levied along with the regular page charge. For more information, please visit our web site. It is highly recommended that you send the application form at the time of submission if you want your article to be published as an Open Select article at the time of publication. The application form can be downloaded at our web site.
Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that provides free and easy-to-use copyright licenses giving the public the right to share, use, and even build upon an author's creative work. The Creative Commons also protects all the users of an author's work, so they need not worry about copyright infringement as long as they abide by the specified conditions. Licensing OA articles under a Creative Commons license has evolved as the standard for OA publishing. Among several different sets of licenses, one of the most liberal Creative Commons licenses for publishing scientific articles is the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license.
The CC-BY license allows authors to retain ownership of the copyright for their work while granting all users permission to share and adapt their work, even for commercial use, as long as the authors are properly attributed. Authors are recommended to visit the Creative Commons web page to understand the terms of the CC-BY license, which nonexclusively grants all potential users rights to copy, display, redistribute, remix, transform, and build upon the material without obtaining explicit permission from the author.
The CC-BY license is the only Creative Commons license applied by JSAP at this time. When the article is published with a CC-BY license, the following logo will be displayed on the first page of the article.
For all APEX/JJAP articles other than OA articles (Open Select articles and JJAP Conference Proceedings articles), the Green OA model is applied. Self-archiving of the articles published in APEX and JJAP through an institutional repository will be granted when the following conditions are satisfied. (Refer to our web site.)
Some institutions and funding bodies may request the authors to make their research result publicly and freely accessible for all readers. The author can abide by such mandates by self-archiving their works.
In order to make recent, important research results easily accessible for all readers, free-access services are currently provided for selected articles published in APEX and JJAP. Since this service is different from open access, the copyright is retained by JSAP and the reuse of the article is not allowed without prior permission from JSAP. This service is expected to increase the visibility and accessibility of new results. All readers can access the articles as listed below free of charge in a limited time.
At the time of submission of a manuscript for publication in APEX/JJAP, the author must choose either one of the following two routes in terms of copyright and open access handling:
As for JJAP Conference Proceedings, all articles published therein are Gold OA.