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Summary Information of Author Charges

Note: American Mineralogist is published by Mineralogical Society of America.

American Mineralogist depends on the revenue from author charges to supplement subscription income to keep institutional subscription costs low. The cost of producing and delivering a single typeset page of content is over 60% higher than the page charge fee, and substantially higher than the cost of reprintss. For this reason, MSA asks its authors to make every effort to purchase reprints or to obtain page charge support from their grants and institutions. However, publication is not contingent on payment of author charges.

Fees/Options for Articles

*Page charges: $100 per (typeset) page.

If you wish to estimate your page charge cost before receiving typeset proofs, we suggest a very rough guideline of 3 submitted pages (double-spaced text, 1 page per firgure/table) = 1 typeset page. Full payment is not required for publication, but even partial payments are appreciated.

*Gold Open Access Article Processing Fee: $325 per (typeset) page.

Until the article processing fee (APF) is paid in full, the article cannot be assigned an issue and finished. Note that the APF includes color figures in print and online and waives the page charges. (Notes: (1) If your funding agency requires it, CC-BY and CC-BY-NC-ND are alternative licensure options with Gold Open Access. (2) If your funding requirement is to be Open Access prior to 12 months post-publication, this is the option you need to use. However authors are responsible for understanding their funders’ requirements.) If you choose to revert to a regular article after the proof return deadline for your paper, because the APF cannot be paid, there may be a $325 administrative fee depending on the timeframe. Also converting to an Open Access paper past the proof return deadline for your paper, may also incur a $325 administrative fee.

*Green Open Access: Twelve (12) months post-publication authors may use the accepted version of their manuscript, not the final typeset (published) version. The corresponding author will automatically receive an e-mail to this effect at the one-year anniversary. If you cannot abide by the twelve (12) month embargo, for example, by needing to post the Author’s Accepted Manuscript (AAM) version in a repository upon publication of the final version, then you should use the above Gold Open Access option above. UKRI authors should contact for a discussion of options.

Fees/Options for Figures

*Color figures in print and online: $600 (per article, not per figure, up to 16 pages typeset); for articles over 16 pages, the fee is $900. Carefully consider the cost when drafting your paper, tables, and figures. Any figure or table material may be uploaded as an online deposit for no charge, and it would be available as a link on the Am Min table of contents, at no cost to readers.

*Online-only color figures: $100 (per article, not per figure)

*There is no charge to publish figures in grayscale/black and white.

Did you know MSA Members receive free online-only color as a benefit? (Join here)

Miscellaneous Options

*Various quantities of reprints are available for purchase. Further information is available once you receive proofs.

*E-link (electronic reprint): free with no expiration to MSA members (as of March 2022).

*Limited E-link (electronic reprint): As of April 2022, the corresponding author receives an e-mail with the article’s unique URL that can be shared with readers via e-mail or on a website(s). The link expires at twelve months. The link takes the reader to the GSW version of the article, behind the subscriber paywall. Persistent access (>12mo) is available to MSA members; join if you haven’t already and send us your member number to receive the upgraded link.

*Official MSA presentations, such as a memorial, award papers, or book reviews are not expected to pay page charges, although it is greatly appreciated.

*Additionally papers (print-on-demand and PDF) are available for purchase by anyone after final publication on MSA’s MinPubs.

Payment Options

*Using our new and improved web-based system, you will verify the billing and shipping info and enter your payment method. Invoices and receipts will be sent automatically. There are three ways you can pay: credit card, check, and wire transfer (fee included).

*Authors receive the link to their order form and invoice automatically. For OA authors, this happens as soon as the number of pages is determined. Other authors receive the information in a separate email when page proofs are ready. If you need to pay sooner due to expiring funds or other unique circumstances, email

*Payment can be made online via a credit card or an invoice can be printed out and turned in to your funding office. Bank transfer and other information appears directly on the invoice itself as well if necessary.

Contact Info:

MSA Business Office Info: (reference manuscript no. in the subject line); 703-652-9950.

Questions on a specific paper or how to use the web form, contact: