Journal Open Access FAQ

Have you heard?

SLAS Technology and SLAS Discovery are now open access journals!

We are excited about this change because:

  • All articles published open access are immediately and permanently free for everyone to read, download, use and distribute.
  • All research published in the journals are now immediately and fully available on PubMed, ScienceDirect, SCOPUS and 11 other international databases.
  • Readers do not require a subscription to access the articles.
  • Open Access (OA) publishing accelerates the pace of research and encourages sharing and collaboration across disciplines.
  • OA publication accommodates many global research funders’ requirements and other mandates, including Plan S.
  • Our journal research will become more discoverable online, broadening the reach and impact of our journals .

Authors, access the Open Access for Authors FAQ.


SLAS is committed to advancing scientific innovation by providing members with professional collaboration, conferences and symposia, continuing education and more. Open Access publishing accelerates the pace of research, encourages sharing and collaboration, and unites researchers across disciplines. In short, conversion to Open Access publishing aligns with our core values as a scientific community. We are excited to be at the forefront of this advancement in publishing and know that our members will benefit from a stronger scientific community fostered by free and immediate access to our high-quality research.

Strategic choice for growth

An increasing number of research funders around the world are requiring researchers to publish their work Open Access. The flip to Gold Open Access (free and immediate, with no embargo period) aligns with our goals for growth and positions the SLAS journals ahead of the field in compliance with funder mandates like Plan S.


Research published Open Access is inherently more discoverable – no paywall means that anyone in the world can download and read the work. Study after study has connected open access to higher citations, which is, of course, highly valued by researchers! Removing barriers is in the best interest of all members of the scientific community, and we are excited to make the flip.

No, the journals will continue to publish under their current titles, SLAS Discovery and SLAS Technology.

All articles published in SLAS Discovery and SLAS Technology after January 1, 2022, will be open access – free to read online anywhere in the world with no embargo period.

After reviewing proposals from multiple publishing partners, SLAS chose to pursue a publishing agreement with Elsevier on the basis of its Open Access experience and wealth of resources available to ease the transition. We are confident that this partnership will best serve SLAS and its members, and will enable us to continue providing high quality, peer reviewed research to the life sciences community.

Yes. SLAS will retain full ownership of the journals and is committed to leading the pursuit of research excellence in laboratory automation in the life sciences. The editors of our journals will continue to uphold high standards of rigorous, fast and fair peer review.