In response to an increasing number of submissions on topics related to applied physics, the arXiv Scientific Advisory Board has approved the addition of a new subject area for the field. This new “Applied Physics” subject area is for papers that would have been too much on the applied side to fit into related arXiv areas such as optics and material science. It also is covers new areas such as device physics and energy science.

Researchers can begin submitting papers to Applied Physics immediately. To subscribe to the daily e-mail notifications for, please see the subscription instructions.

Description of Applied Physics ( subject area

  • Applications of physics to new technology, including: electronic devices; optics; photonics; microwaves; spintronics; advanced materials; metamaterials; nanotechnology; and energy sciences.

In our annual arXiv update, we signaled that there would be some minor changes to the existing model, including an increase to annual membership fees to accommodate for increasing costs (as the rates have been flat for the last five years), adding a new top tier for institutions that are heavy users of arXiv, and using an average based on the last three-years’ usage in calculating annual tiers.  We are pleased to present to you the 2018–2022 arXiv sustainability plan, which aims to inform you of the upcoming changes and provide information about the state of arXiv: 

2018-2022 Sustainability Plan for Classic arXiv

We are grateful for the assistance of the Member Advisory Board in reviewing and approving the suggested changes. 

In addition to the new FAQ, please see arXiv Membership Program for additional background information about the arXiv Sustainability Initiative.

Thanks in advance for taking the time to read the new business model.  We are grateful for support from 208 libraries worldwide that enables the sustainability of arXiv as an essential component of scholarly communication for many scientists all around the world. 

We welcome your questions and comments as we aim to improve the FAQ accordingly ( ). We will be contacting member libraries and labs in a few weeks to confirm their anticipated tiers and fees for 2018.

Oya Y. Rieger | Associate University Librarian |arXiv Program Director | Scholarly Resources & Preservation Services | Cornell University Library |

Chloe McLaren | arXiv Membership Program Coordinator| Digital Scholarship and Preservation Services | Cornell



arXiv NG Phase I Project Charter

We're pleased to share our project charter for Phase I development of a next generation arXiv (arXiv-NG). Participants in our stakeholder interviews provided us with useful questions and insights that helped inform the development of the charter, which articulates the overall goals of the project, deliverables, important exclusions, roles and responsibilities, governance, and the relationship between arXiv-NG and the production system.

Thank you!

Thank you to the 616 arXiv enthusiasts who made our online giving campaign a success! Together you donated a total of $31,722 in one week, which will go towards keeping arXiv a robust and growing open access resource. We are very grateful to have such engaged supporters.

arXiv’s baseline maintenance costs are sponsored with support from 200+ member libraries & research labs, the Simons Foundation, and Cornell University Library.  Stewardship of resources such as arXiv involves not only covering the daily operational costs but also continuing to enhance their value based on the needs of the user community and the evolving patterns and modes of scholarly communication. The purpose of the online fund raising campaign was to allow arXiv to engage in new initiatives, and to robustly support arXiv’s Open Access mission.

We are grateful for your support. It is through the support from the dedicated community of arXiv that we are able to run the service. 

As of 2017, arXiv's Member Advisory Board has four new members:  

  •  Anne Langley, Associate Dean for Research, Collections, and Scholarly Communications, Penn State Libraries (Representing the Big Ten Academic Alliance)
  •  Maria Heijne, Library Director, University of Amsterdam
  • Dr. Amberyn Thomas, Associate Director Scholarly Communication and Repository Services, University of Queensland
  • Anne Bell, University Librarian, University of Sydney

Our gratitude to outgoing MAB members Eva Isaksson, Philip Kent, Zhixiong Zhang and Jim Mullins for their service and their thoughtfulness.

The Cornell University Library (CUL) seeks a Scientific Director for arXiv, a global repository of digital research papers in the sciences managed by the Library. The Scientific Director will collaborate with the arXiv Program Director in overseeing the service and work with arXiv staff and the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) in providing intellectual leadership for the operation. The Director should be a faculty member at a research university in one of the areas represented by arXiv, and will assume this position as a part-time (0.3-0.5 FTE) administrative position while retaining his or her underlying faculty position.

See the arXiv organizational chart for information about this position’s role within the arXiv team, especially the division of responsibilities with the arXiv Program Director: arXiv Organizational Chart and Governance Model .  The arXiv Operating Principles , describes the prospective roles of CUL, SAB, and Member Advisory Board  and delineates the editorial, governance, and financial tenets of the operation.

The arXiv team is located at the Cornell University Library in Ithaca, NY. Although proximity to Cornell is highly desirable, a telecommuting arrangement (with occasional on-site visits) while the incumbent retains a faculty position in her/his home organization will also be considered. This will be initially a one-year appointment with the goal of renewal after assessing the position and arXiv’s leadership needs.

For additional details, please see: arXiv Scientific Director

DONATE to arXiv

arXiv will run an online fundraising campaign for one week, from February 26 to March 4, 2017, to help raise additional funds (see Donations to arXiv). The baseline maintenance costs are sponsored by the 206 member organizations, the Simons Foundation, and Cornell University Library. This online campaign aims to garner additional resources from the program's active and supportive user base.

Stewardship of resources such as arXiv involves not only covering the operational costs but also continuing to enhance their value based on the needs of the user community and the evolving patterns and modes of scholarly communication. It is essential to raise additional funds in order to fund new initiatives that are beyond the routine operational work, and to robustly support arXiv’s Open Access mission. Donations to arXiv are tax deductible, eligible for employer matches, and easy to schedule. Donations can be made here. We thank you for your support.

We are pleased to announce the successful deployment of our updated TeX processing and production system. The update incorporates TeX Live 2016 as well as numerous local add-ons that have been upgraded to the latest versions. The previous iteration of our TeX tree had not received any substantial updates since 2011, so this represents significant step forward. We expect that the effort we have invested in this update will allow us to incorporate future versions of TeX Live and other packages with greater ease and frequency. We are grateful to our submitters, administrative staff, and the wider TeX community for their support and patience during the development process!

New members join arXiv Scientific Advisory Board

As of 2017, arXiv's Scientific Advisory Board has two new members:

  • Tara Holm, Professor of Mathematics, Cornell University
  • Nicholas Read, the Henry Ford II Professor of Physics, Yale University
    Nicholas Read has also replaced Daniel Gottesman as Chair of the arXiv Physics Advisory Committee

Our sincere gratitude to outgoing SAB member Karen Vogtmann. Thank you from all the arXiv SAB members and staff for your 12 years of service.

1/26: A new sponsorship model for aims to encourage more libraries and research institutions around the world to support the repository by becoming members.

To help broaden membership, arXiv's leadership and Anurag Acharya, co-creator of Google Scholar, have worked together to develop a model in which individual sponsors provide membership fees for institutions unable to afford them. To help launch this model, Acharya has sponsored the membership fees for three leading physics research institutions in India.

Read full release here:


We recently completed more than 30 interviews with members of arXiv’s existing advisory boards, arXiv-NG’s IT advisory board, and others. The interviews will help inform arXiv-NG’s project charter and communication plans. If you’re interested in the details of the process, you can read more here

arXiv is hiring!

Cornell University Library's Information Technology group seeks an experienced senior software engineer to serve as Lead System Architect for the next generation system of - the premier open access platform serving scientists in physics, math, computer science, and other disciplines. As a member of the arXiv “next generation” team (arXiv-NG), the lead system architect will design and develop a new integrated, modular system that will continue to provide the scientific community with access to the latest research results. For 25 years, has enabled scientists to share papers within scientific communities and to publish “pre-prints” that are scientific papers shared prior to a paper being published in a journal. Around the world, is recognized as an essential resource for the scientists that it serves. The new arXiv-NG system architect will play a key role in developing a modernized, next generation system to continue this legacy.

For more details and to apply, please visit our listing. 

Update (3/30/17): the deadline to apply for this position has passed.

Annual Update

We have posted an update with a brief summary of our 2016 activities and plans for 2017:

arXiv Team: Oya Y. Rieger (Program Director), Jim Entwood (Operations Manager), Chloe McLaren (Membership Program Coordinator), Sandy Payette (CTO), Gail Steinhart (Program Associate)

2017 roadmap ready

The 2017 roadmap is now available:

2017 arXiv Roadmap

The arXiv roadmap is a living document and communication tool to accommodate continuous prioritization throughout the year. Items are listed in approximate priority order, subject to change based upon consideration of input from arXiv stakeholders, consideration of new opportunities and initiatives as they arise, and progress on next generation arXiv development.

2017 budget now available

The projected 2017 arXiv budget is now available on the budgets page.

Please note, the reserve balances reflect the 2016 starting balances. These will be revised to accurate 2017 starting balances when the 2016 budget is closed (in Jan-Feb, 2017).