Journal Access and Submissions in Less-Resourced Countries

Researchers in many low- and middle-income countries are eligible to read and publish in APS journals at no cost.

Journal access for developing countries

We've partnered with Research4Life to provide thousands of universities, schools, government offices, and non-governmental organizations with free or low-cost access to the Physical Review collection of journals.

Visit Research4Life to learn if your institution already has access to APS journals and tens of thousands of other journals.

PDF-by-email service

Researchers in low- and middle-income countries may be eligible to receive PDFs of research articles through the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics Electronic Journals Delivery Service.

Open access publishing

Authors in low- and middle-income countries can choose to publish open access in all hybrid and gold APS journals at no cost.

How it works

To qualify, the corresponding author selected during submission must be primarily affiliated with an institution in one of the eligible countries listed below.

  1. Submit your article to any of our gold or hybrid open access journals. Make sure to select the correct corresponding author and that affiliations are clear on both the submission form and manuscript.
  2. APS will automatically identify qualifying articles. This will be indicated on the submission form.
  3. If your article is accepted, you will receive a letter asking you to agree to the Creative Commons license.
  4. After you agree to the license terms, your article will be published as open access at no cost to you.

Publication decisions are made by journal editorial staff based solely on the scientific content of the article.

Hybrid journals

If your article is accepted for inclusion in one of our hybrid journals and you do not wish to agree to the Creative Commons license, you may choose not to publish as open access.

Eligible countries

APS includes the countries listed below for both subscription access (via Research4Life) and open access support.

This list will be updated from time to time according to Research4Life’s categorization or at APS’ discretion. Any changes will be infrequent and will not impact eligible articles already submitted.

List of eligible countries

  • Afghanistan
  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • Angola
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belize
  • Benin
  • Bhutan
  • Bolivia
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Botswana
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cabo Verde
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Comoros
  • Congo, Dem. Rep.
  • Congo, Rep.
  • Cook Islands
  • Côte d’Ivoire
  • Cuba
  • Djibouti
  • Dominica
  • El Salvador
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Eswatini
  • Ethiopia
  • Gabon
  • Gambia, The
  • Georgia
  • Ghana
  • Grenada
  • Guatemala
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Iraq
  • Jamaica
  • Jordan
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Korea, Dem. People's Rep.
  • Kosovo
  • Kyrgyz Republic
  • Lao People’s Democratic Republic
  • Lebanon
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Maldives
  • Mali
  • Marshall Islands
  • Mauritania
  • Mauritius
  • Micronesia (Federated States of)
  • Moldova
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar
  • Namibia
  • Nauru
  • Nepal
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Niue
  • North Macedonia
  • Palau
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Paraguay
  • Rwanda
  • Saint Helena
  • Samoa
  • São Tomé and Príncipe
  • Senegal
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Solomon Islands
  • Somalia
  • South Sudan
  • Sri Lanka
  • St. Kitts and Nevis
  • St. Lucia
  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Sudan
  • Suriname
  • Syrian Arab Republic
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Timor-Leste
  • Togo
  • Tokelau
  • Tonga
  • Tuvalu
  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
  • West Bank and Gaza
  • Yemen, Rep.
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe


Please email the APS Help team with questions or if you need assistance submitting your article.


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