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Open Access Policy - Rocky Mountain Geology


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Publication of Rocky Mountain Geology (RMG) is overseen by the Department of Geology and Geophysics at the University of Wyoming (University). As reflected in the journal’s title, emphasis of its contents is regional. Its focus on publication of high-quality original research on the greater Rocky Mountain region, however, brings contents to the global stage of geosciences. RMG’s editorial staff seeks every opportunity to maximize public availability of our authors’ labors. To aid in this endeavor, RMG has implemented the following policy.


RMG’s open-access policy applies to all authors whose articles are published in RMG and to all forms of RMG’s publications. This policy will be updated as needed. It remains the author’s responsibility to ensure that the chosen route to publication complies with any additional contractual agreements into which the author may have entered. Contributing authors should not hesitate to inform RMG’s editorial staff of extenuating circumstances, should they occur.


Open access allows unrestricted online access to peer-reviewed works and is a priority in scholarly publishing. Individual scholars gain benefit from open access principally through wider availability of their articles, resulting in potential for greater research impact through time.

There are many different forms of open access, but RMG’s open-access policy is designed to provide a flexible outlet for authors of differing means and circumstances. Because of unavoidable production costs related to equipment, materials, on-line site-licenses, and personnel, cost-free publication of RMG currently is impossible. While RMG is supported by the University in many ways, RMG’s production budget operates on a self-sustaining basis. With that said, we actively strive to keep costs to contributing authors as low as possible. When an author’s work is selected for publication, as part of executing the Publishing License Agreement , the author will need to choose between two models (as outlined below) for financial contribution toward publication. Whether an author chooses model 1 or 2 will not impact RMG’s decision to publish the article.


Regardless of the model selected, we request a voluntary, yet functionally essential donation of U.S. $20 per online-formatted page for each article. There are no additional page charges for use of color in any of RMG’s digital publications. Additionally, materials published under either model are subject to RMG’s licensing terms and conditions along with version 3 of Creative Commons (CC)-BY

Option 1

Option 1 is an access-controlled, ‘traditional (green) model.’ Under this model, 12 months after RMG’s online publication of the work, authors are permitted to release to their website or an institutional repository a copy of the accepted manuscript (i.e., a version that precedes RMG’s officially published, final PDF copy), along with a link to the work of record at

Option 2

Option 2 is an author-subsidized, ‘fully open-access (gold) model.’ Under this model, authors are required to pay an Article Processing Charge (APC) of $1,400 per manuscript. Payment of the APC is required prior to assignment of a publication date. While there is an APC under Option 2, there is not a year-long hold period. Under this model, the author is permitted to share the official version of the article with anyone at any time. Additionally, the work would become accessible without cost to the public immediately upon the publication date and would be clearly flagged as ‘open access.’

Additional Information and Resources

RMG’s Annual Subscription Rates

Annual subscription rates for RMG are expected to vary from year to year, depending upon the number of authors that choose Option 2 and the number of authors that pay the voluntary $20 per online-formatted page donation. Current annual subscription rates can be found on the subscribe page.


To help assure permanence of availability and functionality of articles published in RMG (and its predecessor, Contributions to Geology), we remain in an active partnership with GeoScienceWorld and CLOCKSS Archives. For more information on GeoScienceWorld, please see For more information on CLOCKSS, please see