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American Physiological Society (APS) Announces 2009 Subscription Prices

Nominal increase of 2.5 percent for 2009 subscriptions is due to income from new Author’s Choice Program

Bethesda, MD (May 16, 2008)The cost of subscribing to the 14 scientific journals published by the American Physiological Society (APS; will rise by a nominal 2.5 percent in 2009.  Margaret Reich, Executive Editor of the journals, said the increase will apply to subscriptions for the American Journal of Physiology – Cell Physiology; American Journal of Physiology – Consolidated; American Journal of Physiology Endocrinology and Metabolism; American Journal of Physiology – Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology; American Journal of Physiology – Heart and Circulatory Physiology; American Journal of Physiology – Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology; American Journal of Physiology – Regulatory, Integrative & Comparative Physiology; American Journal of Physiology – Renal Physiology; Journal of Applied Physiology; Journal of Neurophysiology; Physiological Genomics; Physiological Reviews; Physiology; and The Physiologist.

Author’s Choice Revenues Responsible for Small Increase

The less-than-expected increase is due in part to revenues generated by the Society’s new program, Author’s Choice. The program, introduced nine months ago, allows authors who publish with the APS and want to provide the public with immediate access to the results the ability to do so, for a fee. Author response to the new program has been positive.

According to Reich, “The APS is a nonprofit organization working with a largely nonprofit subscriber base. We have chosen to use a portion of our new revenues to help offset the cost of subscriptions.” As a result, next year’s increase is approximately 50 percent less than the increase announced for 2008.

Reich noted that this is an economically tumultuous time for the academic librarians, the Society’s primary customer.  “Using new, non-subscriber revenue to help reduce the burden of costs on our customers is one of several ways we hope to help minimize some of the difficult choices librarians now face,” she said.

The APS’ 14 journals are a continuing contribution to the advancement of scientific knowledge and education, and have been since our first scientific journal was published in 1898, according to APS Executive Director Martin Frank. He noted, “Then, as now, the APS remains committed to the distribution of our content at a cost that is within reach of the user.”

About the APS

Physiology is the study of how molecules, cells, tissues and organs function to create health or disease. The American Physiological Society is a nonprofit organization devoted to fostering scientific education and research, and the dissemination of information in the physiological sciences. From its beginnings in l887 the Society has grown to more than 10,500 researcher-members today. In addition to being a member-based organization, the APS is a premier not-for-profit publisher in the life sciences. Its publications are among the most respected and frequently cited in the field. The Society publishes 14 widely acclaimed scholarly journals and recently posted more than 650,000 pages of historical scientific studies online. For further information log on to

Physiology is the study of how molecules, cells, tissues and organs function in health and disease. Established in 1887, the American Physiological Society (APS) was the first U.S. society in the biomedical sciences field. The Society represents more than 10,500 members and publishes 15 peer-reviewed journals with a worldwide readership.