Open Access, Copyright and Licensing

Article Processing Charge (APC)

Authors or their institutions who are members of the MSJ are charged an APC of 80,000 Japanese Yen ; non-members are charged 100,000 Japanese Yen (plus consumption tax if applicable). There is no extra charge for supplementary file(s) and no submission fee.

Authors can order print-format reprints for their published article. Reprint costs are additional to the APC and authors are contacted during the production process about their requirements.

The journal will waive the APC on an accepted article if all authors lack a professional affiliation with a research organization or if all authors are based in a “Least Developed Country” or “Other Low Income Country” on the OECD’s qualifying country list. Other waivers will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the journal’s Editorial Office. Authors must apply for a waiver before or upon submission of their manuscript. Requests for waivers should be made in the cover letter and include evidence of financial hardship; requests will not be considered after the review process has started. The ability of an author to pay the APC does not influence editorial decisions. To avoid any possibility of undue influence, editors involved with the decision-making process for submitted manuscripts are not involved in any deliberations on waivers.

Copyright, licenses and usage

SOLA has been a fully Open Access journal from January 2018. Articles are published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/). This license permits users to adapt, distribute, and reproduce the articles of SOLA in any medium, even commercially, provided that the users give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the original source, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made, without obtaining permission from the Meteorological Society of Japan (MSJ). The copyright of articles is retained by the authors. Authors are required to sign a License to Publish form in order to give the MSJ permission to reproduce the article in SOLA under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license.

Note that the MSJ owns the copyright in SOLA articles published before 2018.

Sample codes and/or programs provided as Supplementary Materials can be used, copied, and modified freely without obtaining any permission from MSJ for any purposes, given no specific terms and conditions for use are provided in the main text. Authors are encouraged to specifically provide the terms and conditions for the usage of the sample codes. The MSJ shall not be responsible or liable for any loss, damages, or inconvenience caused by the use of the sample codes.

License to Publish form

The License to Publish (LTP) form signed by all authors should be uploaded to the file upload page on ScholarOne at the time of manuscript submission or should be sent separately via e-mail to the SOLA Editorial Office (sola_edit@metsoc.jp).

Authors subject to Crown copyright or similar government provisions can attend to these within the same LTP form (https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/societyimages/sola/LTP_SOLA.pdf).