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November 2022 – The Company of Biologists signs agreement with Gemini Bilgi Teknolojileri in Turkey

We are delighted to announce that we have signed an exclusive agreement with Gemini Bilgi Teknolojileri to represent us in Turkey.

We are excited about opportunities to expand our Read & Publish programme in Turkey through this new partnership, following a successful free trial earlier this year in association with ANKOS (the Anatolian University Libraries consortium) which involved over 200 institutions.

Read the announcement.

November 2022 – More institutions join our Read & Publish initiative

The following institutions in Australia, Canada, Germany and the USA have joined our Read & Publish Open Access initiative.

Australia (via our agreement with CAUL)

  • James Cook University (starting in 2023)
  • Queensland University of Technology (starting in 2023)

Canada

  • University of Ottawa (starting in 2023)
  • Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (starting in 2023)

Germany

  • Heinrich-Heine University Dusseldorf (starting in 2023)

USA

  • Auburn University (starting in 2023)
  • Baylor University (starting in 2023)
  • City of Hope (starting in 2023)
  • Illinois State University (starting in 2023)
  • Occidental College (starting in 2023)
  • Oklahoma State University (starting in 2023)
  • State University of New York at Buffalo (starting in 2023)

See all participating institutions.

October 2022 – More institutions join our Read & Publish initiative

The following institutions in Austria, Germany, Sweden and the USA have joined our Read & Publish Open Access initiative.

Austria

  • University of Salzburg (starting in 2023)

Germany

  • Technical University of Darmstadt (starting in 2023)

Sweden (via our agreement with Bibsam)

  • Chalmers University of Technology (starting in 2023)

USA 

  • Grinnell College (starting in 2023)

See all participating institutions.

October 2022 – Shelly Turner joins The Company of Biologists

We are delighted to welcome Shelly Turner to the new role of Head of Sales and Business Development at The Company of Biologists.

Shelly has worked in academic publishing for over 30 years, most recently as Head of Sales at Manchester University Press, and she has considerable experience of the scholarly communication landscape internationally. She will lead an expanded sales, customer services and library marketing team to build on the success of the Company’s Read & Publish Open Access (OA) initiative.

Read the announcement.

September 2022 – More institutions join our Read & Publish initiative

The following institutions in Germany and Kenya have joined our Read & Publish Open Access initiative.

Germany

  • SLUB Dresden
  • University of Potsdam (starting in 2023)

Kenya (via our agreement with EIFL)

  • Mama Ngina University College
  • National Defence College

See all participating institutions.

August 2022 – 2023 journal pricing

We are pleased to announce that price changes for The Company of Biologists’ journals in 2023 will range from a decrease of 0.65% to an increase of 1.58% following the application of our double-dipping policy.

Read the announcement.

August 2022 – Another institution in Zimbabwe joins our Read & Publish initiative

The African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) is the eighth institution in Zimbabwe to join our Read & Publish Open Access initiative (via our agreement with EIFL).

Our agreement with EIFL also enables corresponding authors at any institution in Zimbabwe (and 29 other countries) to publish accepted research articles Open Access without charge in Development, Journal of Cell Science and Journal of Experimental Biology.

See all participating institutions.

July 2022 – Over 500 institutions in 39 countries now participating in our Read & Publish initiative

We are delighted to announce that the number of institutions participating in our cost-neutral Read & Publish Open Access (OA) initiative has more than doubled since June 2021 – from 253 to 522. 39 countries are now represented – an increase of over 50% in the last year.

This success has contributed to a significant growth in the proportion of OA research content in our hybrid journals – Development, Journal of Cell Science and Journal of Experimental Biology – which were the first to be afforded Transformative Journal status by Plan S.

Read the announcement.

July 2022 – More institutions join our Read & Publish initiative

The following institutions in Malawi and the USA have joined our Read & Publish Open Access initiative.

Malawi (via our agreement with EIFL)

  • University of Malawi

USA

  • Iowa State University

See all participating institutions.

June 2022 – First institution in the Maldives joins our Read & Publish initiative

The National Library is the first institution in the Maldives to join our Read & Publish Open Access initiative via our landmark agreement with Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL).

Our agreement with EIFL also enables corresponding authors at any institution in the Maldives (and 29 other countries) to publish accepted research articles Open Access without charge in Development, Journal of Cell Science and Journal of Experimental Biology.

Find out more about our agreement with EIFL.

See all participating institutions.

June 2022 – First institution in Finland joins our Read & Publish initiative

University of Turku is the first institution in Finland to join our Read & Publish Open Access initiative.

See all participating institutions.

June 2022 – The Company of Biologists joins Jisc’s Publication Router service

We are delighted to announce that we are now providing full-text Open Access articles for distribution to UK institutional repositories via Jisc’s Publications Router service.

Read the announcement.

June 2022 – First institution in Mexico joins our Read & Publish initiative

Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México is the first institution in Mexico to join our Read & Publish Open Access initiative.

See all participating institutions.

June 2022 – First institutions from Malawi join our Read & Publish initiative

African Bible College, Kamuzu University of Health Sciences and Mzuzu University are the first institutions in Malawi to join our Read & Publish Open Access initiative via our landmark agreement with Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL).

Our agreement with EIFL also enables corresponding authors at any institution in Malawi (and 29 other countries) to publish accepted research articles Open Access without charge in Development, Journal of Cell Science and Journal of Experimental Biology.

Find out more about our agreement with EIFL. See all participating institutions.

June 2022 – More institutions join our Read & Publish initiative

The following institutions in Australia, Canada and the USA have joined our Read & Publish Open Access initiative.

Australia (via our agreement with CAUL)

  • La Trobe University

Canada 

  • University of Guelph

USA

  • North Carolina State University
  • Wesleyan University

See all participating institutions.

May 2022 – First institution in Turkey joins our Read & Publish initiative

Bilkent University is the first institution in Turkey to join our Read & Publish Open Access initiative.

See all participating institutions.

May 2022 – Three-year Read & Publish agreement with the Bibsam Consortium

We are delighted to announce a new Read & Publish agreement with the Bibsam Consortium in Sweden which runs until 31 December 2024.

Read the announcement.

May 2022 – ANKOS in Turkey begins two-month free trial

219 institutional members of the Anatolian University Libraries Consortium (ANKOS) will have free trial access to Development, Journal of Cell Science and Journal of Experimental Biology until 5 July 2022.

May 2022 – More institutions join our Read & Publish initiative

TSU National Science Library is the latest institution in Georgia to join our Read & Publish Open Access initiative via our agreement with EIFL.

See all participating institutions.

April 2022 – The Company of Biologists connects to the OA Switchboard

We are delighted to announce a new partnership with the OA Switchboard which enables us to provide real-time Open Access publishing information from to libraries participating in our Read & Publish initiative.

Read the announcement.

April 2022 – Upcoming presentations at conferences and events

Our publisher Claire Moulton will be speaking at the following events:

ESAC Community of Practice Call: Enabling Open Access – author engagement and article submission processes under transformative agreements”
Thursday 19 May 2022, 9:00 and 17:00 CET

Breakout session at UKSG: “Innovation in OA agreements”
Monday 30 May and Tuesday 31 May 2022, 14:30 GMT.

Session at NASIG:Another week, another transformative Open Access agreement. But just how transformative are they proving to be in practice?” Tuesday 7 June 2022, 09:15 US Eastern Time.

See all events.

April 2022 – Read & Publish and Open Access video collection

What do authors, librarians and journal editors say about our Read & Publish initiative and Open Access? What are transformative journals and transparent metrics? Over 20 videos are available in our new Read & Open Access video collection

Browse videos.

April 2022 – More institutions join our Read & Publish initiative

The following institutions from Australia, Georgia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and the USA have joined our Read & Publish Open Access initiative.

Australia (via our agreement with CAUL)

  • The University of Newcastle
  • University of New South Wales

Georgia (via our agreement with EIFL)

  • Batumi Navigation Teaching University
  • Batumi Shota Rustaveli State University
  • Batumi State Maritime Academy
  • Business and Technology University
  • Caucasus International University
  • David Aghmashenebeli National Defence Academy
  • David Agmashenebeli University of Georgia
  • David Tvildiani Medical University
  • East European University
  • European University
  • Free Academy of Tbilisi
  • Georgian American University(GAU)
  • Georgian Aviation University
  • Georgian Patriarchate Saint Tbel Abuserisdze Teaching University
  • Georgian state teaching university of physical education and sport
  • Georgian Technical University
  • Gori State Teaching University
  • Guram Tavartkiladze Tbilisi Teaching University
  • Iakob Gogebashvili Telavi State University
  • Ilia State University
  • International Black Sea University
  • International Teaching University of Management and Communication
  • Kutaisi International University
  • LTD East-West Teaching University
  • LTD Kutaisi University
  • National University of Georgia (SEU)
  • New Higher Education Institute
  • New Vision University (NVU)
  • Patriarchate of Georgia Saint King Tamar University
  • Samtskhe-Javakheti State Teaching University
  • Shota Meskhia Zugdidi State Teaching University
  • Shota Rustaveli theatre and Film Georgia State University
  • St. Andrews Patriarchate Georgian University
  • Tbilisi Humanitarian Teaching University

Kenya (via our agreement with EIFL)

  • South Eastern Kenya University
  • Taita Taveta University

Tanzania (via our agreement with EIFL)

  • Institute of Social Work
  • Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College (KCMUCo)
  • Mwalimu Nyerere Memorial Academy
  • Sokoine University of Agriculture
  • The State University of Zanzibar (SUZA)

Uganda (via our agreement with EIFL)

  • Cavendish University
  • Makerere University
  • Mountains of the Moon University

USA

  • Hope College

See all participating institutions.

March 2022 – CzechELib in Czech Republic begins two-month free trial

47 institutional members of the Czech National Library of Technology (CzechELib) will have free trial access to Development, Journal of Cell Science and Journal of Experimental Biology until 30 May 2022.

March 2022 – More institutions join our Read & Publish initiative

The following institutions in Georgia, Kenya, Spain, the UK and the USA have joined our Read & Publish Open Access initiative.

Georgia (via our agreement with EIFL)

  • Akaki Tsereteli State University
  • Caucasus University

Kenya (via our agreement with EIFL)

  • Boma International Hospitality College
  • Kenya Institute of Mass Communication
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Spain

  • University of Seville

UK (via our agreement with Jisc)

  • The University of Manchester (new)
  • University of Glasgow (new)
  • University of Southampton (new)

USA

  • Marine Biological Laboratory and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
  • Texas A&M University School of Dentistry and Baylor Scott & White Health – North Texas

See all participating institutions.

March 2022 – Busy schedule of library conferences from March to July 2022

Richard Grove (Commercial Manager) and Rich Blount (Regional Sales Manager – Europe) will be attending major library conferences in Denmark, the Netherlands, the UK and the US over the next few months. We are also sponsoring the HUBS (Heads of University Biosciences) Annual Meeting.

View all forthcoming events.

February 2022 – Read & Publish agreements drive significant growth in Open Access research content

Over 430 institutions in 34 countries are now participating in our Read & Publish initiative. This success has led to a significant increase in the proportion of Open Access research content in our hybrid subscription journals, which were the first from any publisher to be afforded Transformative Journal status by Plan S.

Learn more.

February 2022 – Institutions in two additional countries join our Read & Publish initiative

Alte University in Georgia and Machakos University in Kenya are the first institutions in their respective countries to join our Read & Publish Open Access initiative via our landmark agreement with Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL).

Our agreement with EIFL also enables corresponding authors at any institution in Georgia and Kenya (and 28 other countries) to publish accepted research articles Open Access without charge in Development, Journal of Cell Science and Journal of Experimental Biology.

Find out more about our agreement with EIFL.

February 2022 – More institutions join our Read & Publish initiative

The following institutions have joined our Read & Publish Open Access initiative.

Moldova (via our agreement with EIFL):

  • Academy of Sciences of Moldova

UK (via our agreement with Jisc):

  • Lancaster University (new)
  • MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology and MRC Harwell (renewal)
  • University of Bath (new)
  • University of Cambridge (renewal)
  • University of Dundee (new)
  • University of Oxford (renewal)
  • University of Sussex (new)

USA:

  • Johns Hopkins University
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Nebraska – Lincoln
  • University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth

See all participating institutions.

January 2022 – New three-year Read & Publish agreement with the Council of Australian University Librarians

We are delighted to announce that we have signed a new three-year Read & Publish Open Access agreement with the Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) from 1 January 2022 – 31 December 2024.

The agreement is open to CAUL-member institutions in Australia and New Zealand, and the following institutions have already confirmed their participation:

Australia:

  • Edith Cowan University
  • Macquarie University
  • Murdoch University
  • Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
  • The University of Adelaide
  • The University of Melbourne
  • University of Queensland

New Zealand:

  • University of Otago

Read the announcement.

January 2022 – Transformative Journal targets for Open Access growth exceeded

The Company of Biologists’ three hybrid journals – Development, Journal of Cell Science and Journal of Experimental Biology – were the first in the world to be afforded Transformative Journal status by Plan S. We are delighted to announce that all three journals exceeded their targets for Open Access growth in 2021, and that the success of our Read & Publish initiative was an important driver.

Learn more.

January 2022 – More institutions join our Read & Publish initiative

The following institutions have joined our Read & Publish Open Access initiative.

Moldova (via our agreement with EIFL):

  • Academy of Public Administration
  • Center for Continuous Electoral Training by the Central Electoral Commission of Republic of Moldova

UK (via our agreement with Jisc):

  • Oxford Brookes University (renewal)
  • The University of Edinburgh (renewal)
  • Ulster University (new)
  • University of Bristol (renewal)
  • University of St Andrews (renewal)
  • University of Stirling (renewal)

USA:

  • Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU)

See all participating institutions.

December 2021 – Over 400 institutions are now participating in our Read & Publish initiative

Our cost-neutral Read & Publish initiative is continuing to go from strength to strength, and we are delighted to announce that over 400 institutions in more than 30 countries will be participating in 2022.

See participating institutions.

December 2021 – Another institution in Armenia joins our Read & Publish agreement with EIFL

Brusov State University is the ninth institution in Armenia to join our Read & Publish Open Access initiative via our landmark agreement with Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL).

Our agreement with EIFL also enables corresponding authors at any institution in Armenia and 29 other countries to publish accepted research articles Open Access without charge in Development, Journal of Cell Science and Journal of Experimental Biology.

Find out more about our agreement with EIFL.

December 2021 – More institutions to join our Read & Publish initiative in 2022

The following institutions will join our Read & Publish Open Access initiative from 1 January 2022.

  • Australia: University of Queensland
  • Canada: University of Victoria
  • Denmark: University of Southern Denmark
  • Germany: The University of Wurzberg
  • Switzerland: ETH Zurich
  • USA: University of Wyoming

See all participating institutions.

December 2021 – First institution in Korea to join our Read & Publish initiative from 2022

Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science & Technology is the first institution in Korea to join our Read & Publish Open Access initiative. They will participate from 1 January 2022.

See all participating institutions.

December 2021 – More UK institutions sign up for the 2022-2024 Jisc Read & Publish agreement

The institutions below have confirmed that they will participate in the Read & Publish agreement with Jisc which commences on 1 January 2022:

Renewals:

  • Aberystwyth University
  • St George’s University of London
  • University College London
  • University of Nottingham
  • University of Portsmouth

New from 1 January 2022:

  • Newcastle University

Find out more about the 2022-2024 Jisc agreement and see which institutions are participating.

November 2021 – ANKOSLink Conference: 22-25 November 2021

We are exhibiting at the ANKOSLink conference in Antalya, Turkey from 22-25 November 2021. Rich Blount, Regional Sales Manager – Europe, will be attending in person. Please contact him if you would like to arrange a meeting.

Find out more about ANKOSLink 2021

November 2021 – More UK institutions sign up for the 2022-2024 Jisc Read & Publish agreement

The below have confirmed their participation in the new Read & Publish agreement with Jisc which commences on 1 January 2022:

Renewals:

  • Cardiff University
  • Imperial College London
  • Liverpool John Moores University
  • Nottingham Trent University
  • Royal Veterinary College
  • The Open University
  • University of Birmingham
  • University of East Anglia
  • University of Exeter
  • University of Lincoln
  • University of Liverpool
  • University of Reading
  • University of York

New from 1 January 2022:

  • Durham University
  • Queen’s University of Belfast
  • University of Kent

Find out more about the 2022-2024 Jisc agreement and see which institutions are participating.

November 2021 – More institutions to join our Read & Publish initiative in 2022

The following institutions will join our Read & Publish Open Access initiative from 1 January 2022.

  • Austria: University of Graz
  • Germany: Technical University of Munich
  • New Zealand: University of Otago
  • USA: Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler

See all participating institutions.

November 2021 –  Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) virtual event on Digital Transformation

Claire Moulton, Publisher at The Company of Biologists, and Craig Franklin, Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Experimental Biology, are speakers at ALIA’s half-day Digital Transformation virtual event on 10 November 2021. They will be participating in the “Digital Equity: removing barriers to direct access publishing through transformative agreements” session.

Watch the session recording.

October 2021 – 17 years of Open Access publishing

The Company of Biologists has been committed to Open Access publishing since 2004. Most recently, we were one of the first not-for-profit publishers to launch a cost-neutral Read & Publish initiative and our subscription journals were the first in the world to be afforded Transformative Journal status by Plan S.

To celebrate Open Access Week 2021, we would like to share the story of our OA journey.

Read our OA story.

October 2021 – Institutions participating in the 2022-2024 Jisc Read & Publish agreement

The following UK institutions are the first to sign up to the new Read & Publish agreement with Jisc which commences on 1 January 2022.

Renewals:

  • Bangor University
  • London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • Manchester Metropolitan University

New from 1 January 2022:

  • NBI (Norwich Bioscience Institutes) Library
  • University of Aberdeen
  • University of Leeds

Find out more about the Jisc agreement and see the full list of participating institutions.

October 2021 – New three-year Read & Publish agreement with Jisc

Following the success of our first two-year Read & Publish agreement with Jisc, we are delighted to announce that we have signed a new three-year agreement from 1 January 2022 – 31 December 2024.

Find out more.

October 2021 – First institutions from Hong Kong and Switzerland to join our Read & Publish initiative from 2022

Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hong Kong and the University of Basel in Switzerland are the first institutions from their respective countries to join our Read & Publish Open Access initiative. They will participate from 1 January 2022.

See all participating institutions.

October 2021 – More institutions to join our Read & Publish initiative in 2022

The following institutions will join our Read & Publish Open Access initiative from 1 January 2022.

  • Canada: Université de Sherbrooke
  • New Zealand: Auckland University of Technology
  • Spain: Universitat de Barcelona
  • USA: Merck & Co Inc and Youngstown State University

See all participating institutions.

October 2021 – More institutions in Uganda and Tanzania join our Read & Publish initiative

The following institutions have joined our Read & Publish Open Access initiative via our landmark agreement with Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL):

  • Tanzania: Aga Khan University
  • Uganda: Ernest Cook Ultrasound Research and Education Institute – Mengo Hospital, Kampala International University, Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Muni University, Soroti University, Uganda Christian University

Our agreement with EIFL also enables corresponding authors at any institution in Uganda, Tanzania and 28 other countries to publish accepted research articles Open Access without charge in Development, Journal of Cell Science and Journal of Experimental Biology.

Find out more about our agreement with EIFL.

October 2021 – RFBR in Russia begins two-month free trial

92 institutional members of the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR) will have free trial access to Development, Journal of Cell Science and Journal of Experimental Biology until 18 December 2021.

October 2021 – OA agreements with small independent publishers: A how-to guide with real, friendly publishers (Charleston pre-conference session, 28 October 2021)

Are you interested in negotiating a Read & Publish Open Access agreement with a small independent publisher such as The Company of Biologists? Our Publisher Claire Moulton will be participating in a highly practical, half-day virtual Charleston pre-conference session along with Judith Russell (University of Florida), Lorraine Estelle and Alicia Wise (Information Power) and Miguel Peralta (Rockefeller University Press). The cost is US$50 and you can attend the session even if you are not attending the full Charleston conference.

Find out more and register for the Charleston pre-conference session.

September 2021: Charleston Library Conference (1-5 November 2021)

We are participating in the vendor showcase at the Charleston Library Conference again this year. Richard Grove, Commercial Manager, will be delighted to see you at our virtual booth and please contact us if you would like to arrange a call.

Visit our virtual booth.

September 2021: NordILL Online Conference (25-26 October 2021)

Rich Blount, Regional Sales Manager – Europe, will be attending the 14th Nordic Resource Sharing, Reference and Collection Management Conference from 25-26 October 2021. The theme is Empowering knowledge – Accelerating access. Please contact Rich to arrange a call.

Find out more and register for NordILL Online.

September 2021 – ANKOS consortium in Turkey begins two-month free trial

155 institutional members of the ANKOS library consortium in Turkey will have free trial access to Development, Journal of Cell Science and Journal of Experimental Biology until 22 November 2021.

September 2021 – Consortium Luxembourg begins two-month free trial

The following members of Consortium Luxembourg will have free trial access to Development, Journal of Cell Science and Journal of Experimental Biology until 15 November 2021.

  • Luxembourg Institute of Health
  • Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology
  • The National Library
  • University of Luxembourg

September 2021 – Umea University, Sweden to join our Read & Publish initiative in 2022

Umea University, Sweden will join our Read & Publish Open Access initiative from 1 January 2022.

See all participating institutions.

September 2021 – New partnership between The Company of Biologists and the OA Switchboard

We are delighted to announce our participation in the OA Switchboard, a not-for-profit, industry-wide collaboration between publishers, academic institutions and research funding organisations.

The new partnership will make it easier for our library customers to manage their Open Access budgets and to handle reports on Read & Publish and other transformative OA agreements.

Find out more about our partnership with the OA Switchboard.

September 2021 – New partnership between The Company of Biologists and theIPRegistry.org

We are delighted to announce a new partnership with theIPregistry.org which further enhances the service we offer to our library customers worldwide.

A free service for libraries, theIPregistry.org enables librarians to check and update their IP address data in a central place and to communicate changes to participating publishers – including The Company of Biologists – simultaneously with a single click.

Read the announcement.

August 2021 – Université Gaston Berger, Senegal joins our Read & Publish initiative

Université Gaston Berger is the first institution in Senegal to join our Read & Publish Open Access initiative via our landmark agreement with Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL).

Our agreement with EIFL also enables corresponding authors at any institution in Senegal (and 29 other countries) to publish accepted research articles Open Access without charge in Development, Journal of Cell Science and Journal of Experimental Biology.

Find out more about our agreement with EIFL.

August 2021 – Two institutions from Tanzania join our Read & Publish initiative

The Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology and The Institute of Finance Management are the first institutions in Tanzania to join our Read & Publish Open Access initiative via our landmark agreement with Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL).

Our agreement with EIFL also enables corresponding authors at any institution in Tanzania (and 29 other countries) to publish accepted research articles Open Access without charge in Development, Journal of Cell Science and Journal of Experimental Biology.

Find out more about our agreement with EIFL.

August 2021 – Read & Publish agreement with the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)

We are delighted to announce that researchers at more than 100 institutes in Spain can now benefit from immediate and fee-free Open Access publishing in our subscription journals following a Read & Publish agreement with the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). Researchers will also benefit from free and unlimited access to the journals and their archives dating back to 1853.

Find out more about our Read & Publish agreement with CSIC.

August 2021 – Two institutions from Uganda join our Read & Publish initiative

Busitema University and Uganda Martyrs University are the first institutions in Uganda to join our Read & Publish Open Access initiative via our landmark agreement with Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL).

Our agreement with EIFL also enables corresponding authors at any institution in Uganda (and 29 other countries) to publish accepted research articles Open Access without charge in Development, Journal of Cell Science and Journal of Experimental Biology.

Find out more about our agreement with EIFL.

July 2021 – How libraries and consortia can support the OA transitions of not-for-profit publishers, and why: LIBER 2021 session recording now available

Our Publisher Claire Moulton presented alongside David Prosser (Executive Director, Research Libraries UK), Colleen Campbell (Open Access 2020 and ESAC Initiatives and the Max Planck Digital Library) and Alicia Wise (Executive Director, CLOCKSS and Director, Information Power) at a LIBER session focusing on how libraries and consortia can support the OA transitions of not-for-profit publishers. Over 300 people attended the session and feedback was excellent.

View the LIBER 2021 session recording: How libraries and consortia can support the OA transitions of not-for-profit publishers, and why.

July 2021 – More institutions from Canada, Germany and the Netherlands join our Read & Publish initiative

The following institutions have joined our Read & Publish Open Access initiative.

  • Canada: University of Saskatchewan
  • Germany: European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)
  • Netherlands: Radboud University

See all participating institutions.

July 2021 – Institutions from Zimbabwe join our Read & Publish initiative

The following institutions in Zimbabwe have joined Read & Publish Open Access initiative via our landmark agreement with Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL):

Africa University, Bindura University of Science Education, Gwanda State University, Lupane State University, National University of Science and Technology (NUST), Solusi University, University of Zimbabwe

Our agreement with EIFL also enables corresponding authors at any institution in Zimbabwe (and 29 other countries) to publish accepted research articles Open Access without charge in Development, Journal of Cell Science and Journal of Experimental Biology.

Find out more about our agreement with EIFL.

June 2021 – More institutions from Armenia and Palestine join our Read & Publish initiative

The following institutions have joined our Read & Publish Open Access initiative via our landmark agreement with Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL):

  • Armenia: Northern University LLC
  • Palestine: Bethlehem University

Our agreement with EIFL also enables corresponding authors at any institution in these two countries (and 28 others) to publish accepted research articles Open Access without charge in Development, Journal of Cell Science and Journal of Experimental Biology.

Find out more about our agreement with EIFL.

June 2021 – Institutions from Albania and Armenia join our Read & Publish initiative

The following institutions have joined our Read & Publish Open Access initiative via our landmark agreement with Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL):

  • Albania: The Academy of Sciences of Albania, Agricultural University of Tirana
  • Armenia: Armenian State Institute of Physical Culture and Sport, National Library of Armenia, M Nalbandian Shirak State University, Russian-Armenian University, Shirakatsy Lyceum, UWC Dilijan College, Yerevan Municipality City Central Library

Our agreement with EIFL also enables corresponding authors at any institution in these two countries (and 28 others) to publish accepted research articles Open Access without charge in Development, Journal of Cell Science and Journal of Experimental Biology..

Find out more about our agreement with EIFL.

June 2021 – More institutions from Germany, the Netherlands and the USA join our Read & Publish initiative

The following institutions have joined our Read & Publish Open Access initiative:

  • Germany: Ruhr-Universität Bochum
  • Netherlands: Leiden University
  • USA: University of Missouri at Kanas City & Columbia, Wayne State University

See all participating institutions.

May 2021 – Institutions from Moldova, Namibia and Palestine join our Read & Publish initiative

The following institutions have joined our Read & Publish Open Access initiative via our landmark agreement with Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL):

  • Moldova: Alecu Russo Bălţi State University (USARB), Cahul State University Bogdan Petriceicu Hasdeu, Information Society Development Institute, Ion Creangă State Pedagogical University of Chisinău, State University of Physical Education and Sport
  • Namibia: University of Namibia
  • Palestine: Al-Quds University, An-Najah National University, Birzeit University, Hebron University, Palestine Ahliya University, Palestine Technical University – Kadoorie

Our agreement with EIFL also enables corresponding authors at any institution in these three countries (and 27 others) to publish accepted research articles Open Access without charge in Development, Journal of Cell Science and Journal of Experimental Biology.

Find out more about our agreement with EIFL.

May 2021 – University of Cape Coast, Ghana joins our Read & Publish initiative

We are pleased to announce that the University of Cape Coast, Ghana is the first institution to join our Read & Publish Open Access initiative via our landmark agreement with Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL).

Our agreement with EIFL also enables corresponding authors at any institution in Ghana (and 29 other countries) to publish accepted research articles Open Access without charge in Development, Journal of Cell Science and Journal of Experimental Biology.

Find out more about our agreement with EIFL.

May 2021 – Upcoming presentations at conferences and events

Our publisher Claire Moulton will be speaking at the following events:

Society for Scholarly Publishers (SSP) conference
“Open Access Without Authors Paying an APC? Case Studies from Publishers Working with Librarians and Funders on New OA Business Models”.
Monday 24 May 2021, 20:30 – 21:30 BST.

European University Association (EUA) webinar series
“Quo vadis, transformative agreements?”
Tuesday 8 June 2021, 14:00 – 15.30 CEST. Watch the recording

London Book Fair: Research and Scholarly Publishing Forum
“A not-for-profit publisher’s perspective on Read & Publish OA agreements”. Thursday 10 June 2021, 12:30 – 12:35 BST.

ALPSP/Jisc webinar
“Transformative Agreements – where are we now?” Tuesday 15 June 2021, 14:00 – 15:30 BST. ALPSP members can attend the webinar free of charge.

ALPSP session at the London Book Fair
“The impact of preprints”. Thursday 24 June, 14:30 – 15:10 BST. Free to attend as part of the online London Book Fair.

LIBER 2021 Annual Conference
“How libraries and consortia can support the OA transitions of not-for-profit publishers, and why”
Friday 25 June 2021, 15:00 – 16:00 CEST. Registration is free.

Find out more about these – and other – events.

May 2021 – LIBER 2021 Annual Conference: Libraries and Open Knowledge: from vision to implementation (23 – 25 June 2021)

We are exhibiting for the first time at LIBER’s 50th Annual Conference from 23 – 25 June 2021.

Registration is free and we hope to see you there.

May 2021 – Read & Publish agreement with Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL)

We are delighted to announce that researchers in 30 developing and transition economy countries can benefit from immediate and fee-free Open Access publishing in our subscription journals following a Read & Publish agreement with Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL). Researchers will also benefit from free and unlimited access to the journals and their archives dating back to 1853.

Find out more about our agreement with EIFL.

May 2021 – More institutions from Australia, Germany and the USA join our Read & Publish initiative

The following institutions have joined our Read & Publish Open Access initiative:

  • Australia: Monash University
  • Germany: German National Library of Medicine (ZB MED) – Information Center for Life Sciences / Medical Department of the University of Cologne; Department of Biology / Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Science of the University of Cologne
  • USA: The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, University of Nevada at Las Vegas

See all participating institutions.

April 2021 – University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg joins our Read & Publish initiative

The University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg is the first institution in South Africa to join our Read & Publish Open Access initiative.

See all participating institutions.

April 2021 – More institutions from Australia, Canada, Sweden & the USA join our Read & Publish initiative

The following institutions have joined our Read & Publish Open Access initiative:

  • Australia: Flinders University, Macquarie University
  • Canada: The University of New Brunswick
  • Germany: Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen
  • Sweden: Stockholm University
  • USA: Drexel University, Haverford College, Stanford University, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, The University of Akron, University of Idaho, University of Minnesota at Twin Cities

See all participating institutions.

April 2021 – The Company of Biologists launches new journal websites

Our five leading journals moved to the Silverchair hosting platform on Thursday 15 April, improving user experience and maximising discoverability for the biological community.

The move also means we can offer an improved experience for our library customers. The Silverchair administrator dashboard enables institutional customers to manage their subscriptions and download usage reports in one place. It also has an easy-to-use interface and a comprehensive user guide is available.

Read the full press release. For further information, see our migration checklist for librarians and our migration FAQ.

April 2021 – Presentation at the Society for Scholarly Publishers (SSP) conference

Our Publisher Claire Moulton will be presenting at the following session at the SSP conference: “Open Access Without Authors Paying an APC? Case Studies from Publishers Working with Librarians and Funders on New OA Business Models”. The other presenters are Romy Beard (Licensing Programme Manager, EIFL, Kamran Naim (Section Leader Open Science, CERN) and Sara Rouhl (Director of Strategic Partnerships, Public Library of Science).

The session will take place on Monday 24 May from 20:30 – 21:30 BST.

April 2021 – The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Conference (13-16 April 2021)

We are exhibiting at the ACRL Conference from 13-16 April 2021. Please drop by our virtual booth (available to logged-in delegates only) to chat with Richard Grove. Please contact Richard if you would like to arrange a virtual meeting.

April 2021 – UKSG conference and exhibition (12-14 April 2021)

We are exhibiting at the UKSG Conference from 12-14 April 2021. Please contact Richard Blount if you would like to arrange a virtual meeting.

We are also running informal 15-minute Zoom sessions for delegates at 12.15 each day. From preprints and sustainable conferencing to our cost-neutral Read & Publish initiative, delegates can find out more how we work with libraries and researchers to support excellence in science.

See details of our 15-minute Zoom sessions at UKSG 2021.

See all the events we are attending.

April 2021 – Journal migration to Silverchair

As previously announced, our five peer-reviewed journals are moving to the Silverchair publishing platform. Launch is scheduled for the afternoon of Thursday 15 April (UK time) and we are working hard to ensure a seamless and transparent transition for libraries, administrators and users.

For further information, please see our migration checklist for librarians and our migration FAQ.

March 2021 – More institutions from Australia, Austria, Canada, Germany the Netherlands, Norway, the UK and the USA join our Read & Publish initiative

The following institutions have joined our Read & Publish Open Access initiative:

  • Australia: The University of Adelaide
  • Austria: Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria)
  • Canada: McGill University
  • Germany: Freie Universität Berlin
  • Netherlands: Utrecht University, Wageningen University & Research Centre
  • Norway: Nofima, University of Oslo
  • UK: MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology and MRC Harwell
  • USA: Michigan State University, The Rockefeller University

See all participating institutions.

March 2021 – Implementing Open Access agreements: ER&L session recording now available

Our Publisher Claire Moulton presented alongside Judith Russell from the University of Florida and Alicia Wise from Information Power at an ER&L session focusing on the challenges and opportunities of implementing Open Access agreements. Almost 300 people attended the session and feedback was excellent.

View the ER&L session recording: Toward a standard for implementing Open Access agreements between libraries and small publishers

March 2021 – Transformative Open Access agreement with University of California

We are delighted to announce a new three-year Open Access agreement with the University of California. The agreement enables corresponding authors at all ten UC campuses to publish an uncapped number of research articles immediately Open Access in our three hybrid subscription journals (Development, Journal of Cell Science, Journal of Experimental Biology) and our two fully Open Access journals (Disease Models & Mechanisms and Biology Open).

Unlimited access to the journals and their archives from 1853 is also available as part of the agreement.

Find out more about the agreement.

March 2021 – Electronic Resources and Libraries (ER&L) Conference (8-11 March 2021)

We are sponsoring and exhibiting at the ER&L Conference from 8-11 March 2021. Please contact us if you would like to arrange a virtual meeting, and please visit our virtual booth.

“Toward an inclusive and transparent standard for implementing open access agreements between libraries and small publishers”: Claire Moulton, Publisher at The Company of Biologists, will be a presenter at this session on Tuesday 9 March, along with Judith Russell, University of Florida, and Alicia Wise, Information Power.

View the recording.

See all the events we are attending here.

February 2021 – More institutions from Austria, Germany, Spain, Sweden and the USA join our Read & Publish initiative

The following institutions have joined our Read & Publish Open Access initiative:

  • Austria: University of Vienna
  • Germany: University of Regensburg
  • Spain: Spanish National Cardiovascular Research Centre (CNIC)
  • Sweden: Linköping University
  • USA: American University, Bryn Mawr College, Northeastern Illinois University, The Stowers Institute for Medical Research

See all participating institutions.

February 2021 – Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) Information Online Conference (8 February 2021)

We are exhibiting for the first time at the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) Information Online Conference on 8 February 2021. Please contact us to arrange a virtual meeting or drop by our virtual booth.

See all the events we are attending here.

January 2021 – Read & Publish agreement with the Max Planck Digital Library

We are delighted to announce a new three-year Read & Publish Open Access agreement with the Max Planck Digital Library. Researchers at Max Planck’s Society’s 86 Institutes now benefit from fee-free Open Access publication of research articles in our three hybrid subscription journals (Development, Journal of Cell Science, Journal of Experimental Biology) and our two fully Open Access journals (Disease Models & Mechanisms and Biology Open).

Unlimited access to the journals and their archives from 1853 is also available as part of the agreement.

Find out more about the agreement. See the list of 86 participating Max Planck Institutes.

January 2021 – University of Tromso joins our Read & Publish initiative

The University of Tromso is the first institution in Norway to join our Read & Publish Open Access initiative.

See all participating institutions.

January 2021 – More institutions from Germany, the Netherlands, the UK and the USA join our Read & Publish initiative

The following institutions have joined our Read & Publish Open Access initiative:

  • Germany: Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuernberg, University of Marburg
  • Netherlands: University of Amsterdam
  • UK: Royal Veterinary College, University of Nottingham
  • USA: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Swarthmore College, Tarleton State University, Ursinus College, Wellesley College

See all participating institutions.

January 2021 – 2020 at The Company of Biologists

Despite the numerous challenges of 2020, The Company of Biologists had an very successful year with a lot of long-term projects and new ventures coming to fruition. Read our review of the year.

January 2021 – Massey University joins our Read & Publish initiative

Massey University is the first institution in New Zealand to join our Read & Publish Open Access initiative.

See all participating institutions.

January 2021 – Three institutions in Austria join our Read & Publish initiative

The Gregor Mendel Institute of Molecular Plant Biology (GMI), the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology (IMBA) and the Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP) are the first institutions in Austria to join our Read & Publish Open Access initiative.

See all participating institutions.

January 2021 – 12 more institutions from Australia, Germany, the Netherlands and the USA join our Read & Publish initiative

The following institutions have joined our Read & Publish Open Access initiative:

  • Australia: Edith Cowan University
  • Germany: Goethe University Frankfurt, Philipps-Universität Marburg
  • Netherlands: University of Groningen
  • USA: Butler University, California Institute of Technology (CALTECH), College of the Holy Cross, East Carolina University, Kenyon College, Southern Methodist University, University of Arizona, University of Florida, University of South Dakota

See all participating institutions.

January 2021 – Lund University joins our Read & Publish initiative

Lund University is the first institution in Sweden to join our Read & Publish Open Access initiative. See all participating institutions.

January 2021 – Universitat Pompeu Fabra joins our Read & Publish initiative

Universitat Pompeu Fabra is the first institution in Spain to join our Read & Publish Open Access initiative. See all participating institutions.

January 2021 – Novo Nordisk joins our Read & Publish initiative

Novo Nordisk is the first organisation in Denmark to join our Read & Publish Open Access initiative. See all participating institutions.

January 2021 – Six more institutions from Canada, Germany, The Netherlands and the USA join our Read & Publish initiative

The following institutions have joined our Read & Publish Open Access initiative:

  • Canada: Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • Germany: Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry Halle, Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine
  • Netherlands: The Netherlands Cancer Institute
  • USA: Boise State University, Portland State University

See all participating institutions.

January 2021 – American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting (22-26 January 2021)

We are exhibiting for the first time at the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting from 22-26 January 2021. Please contact us to arrange a virtual meeting or drop by our virtual booth. See all the events we are attending here.

December 2020 – University of Cyprus joins our Read & Publish initiative

The University of Cyprus is the first institution in Cyprus to join our Read & Publish Open Access initiative. This brings the total number of participating institutions to 54 from nine countries.

December 2020 – Four more UK universities join our Read & Publish agreement with Jisc

Nottingham Trent University, University of Bristol, University College London and University of Stirling have joined our Read & Publish agreement with Jisc. 27 Jisc-member institutions in the UK are now participating in the agreement. Find out more about our Read & Publish agreement with Jisc and see which institutions are participating.

December 2020 – Four universities in the USA are now participating in our Read & Publish initiative

Plymouth State University, Texas A&M University, Texas State University and University of Montana are now participating in our Read & Publish Open Access initiative. See the full list of participating institutions.

December 2020 – The Francis Crick Institute joins our Read & Publish initiative

The Francis Crick Institute in the UK is now participating in our Read & Publish Open Access initiative.

December 2020 – The first institutions from five more countries join our Read & Publish initiative

The following institutions – the first in their respective countries – are now participating in our Read & Publish Open Access initiative:

  • Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia
  • German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE), Germany
  • Montana State University, USA
  • University of Northern British Columbia, Canada
  • Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands

Corresponding authors at these institutions can publish an uncapped number of Open Access research articles free of charge in Development, Journal of Cell Science and Journal of Experimental Biology. Unlimited access to the journals and their archives is also available.

See our “five firsts” announcement | See the full list of institutions participating in our Read & Publish initiative

November 2020 – Webinar: If curation is the future, what actually works?

Claire Moulton, Publisher of The Company of Biologists, was a speaker at a webinar which focused on how society publishers have used curation to engage their communities and what comes next. View the webinar recording.

October 2020 – 2nd Basel Sustainable Publishing Forum – Transformative Journals Session

Claire Moulton, Publisher of The Company of Biologists, presented at the Transformative Journals Session at the 2nd Basel Sustainable Publishing Forum, along with Robert Kiley from the Wellcome Trust and Steven Inchcoombe from Springer Nature. View the recording.

October 2020 – 16 years of Open Access publishing

To celebrate Open Access Week 2020, read about our OA publishing initiatives over the past 16 years, and the importance of our partnerships with libraries and library consortia in our continuing OA journey. Find out more about our Open Access journey.

October 2020 – Charleston Conference (2-6 November 2020)

We are a sponsor at the Charleston Conference from 2-6 November 2020. Richard Grove will be available to e-meet with you during the conference, and please drop by our virtual booth.

September 2020 – European Association for Health and Information Libraries (EAHIL) Conference (16-18 November 2020)

We are a sponsor at the EAHIL conference from 16-18 November 2020. Find out more about the EAHIL Conference.

September 2020 – Pricing for The Company of Biologists’ Read & Publish agreement with Jisc in 2021

2021 pricing for the The Company of Biologists’ Read & Publish agreement with Jisc is now available. Over 20 UK higher education institutions are already participating in the agreement, and we look forward to welcoming additional institutions soon. Find out more about our Read & Publish agreement with Jisc.

August 2020 – The Company of Biologists awarded Transformative Journal Status by Plan S

We are delighted to be the first not-for-profit publisher to commit to the Transformative Journal approach, and the publisher of the first journals to be awarded Transformative Journal status by Plan S. “I hope other journals follow the lead set by The Company of Biologists,” says Robert Kiley, Head of Open Research at Wellcome. Find out more our commitment to the Transformative Journal approach.

July 2020 – Price freeze for The Company of Biologists’ journals in 2021

In recognition of the unprecedented and ongoing challenges facing the library and research communities worldwide, there will be no increase in e-journal prices or article processing charges (APCs) for The Company of Biologists’ subscription journals in 2021. See price freeze announcement.

July 2020 – The Company of Biologists featured in first OA2020-ESAC Community of Practice call

Our Read & Publish agreement with IReL, the Irish e-resource licensing consortium, was a featured case study in the first OA2020-ESAC Community of Practice call on 30 July 2020.

July 2020 – Launch of FocalPlane, new microscopy community site

Following the success of our two community sites, the Node and preLights, The Company of Biologists and Journal of Cell Science have launched FocalPlane, a new site for the microscopy community. Visit FocalPlane.

June 2020 – Read & Publish Open Access agreement signed with IReL

Researchers at nine institutions in Ireland can now publish an unlimited number of Open Access research articles free of charge in The Company of Biologists’ subscription journals following a three-year Read & Publish agreement with IReL, the Irish e-resource licensing consortium. Read more about our Read & Publish agreement with IReL.

March 2020 – Silverchair selected to host The Company of Biologists’ journals

A new partnership with leading platform provider Silverchair will result in improvements to the usability and discoverability of The Company of Biologists’ journals for readers and authors, and improved reporting for librarians. Read more about our partnership with Silverchair.

February 2020 – Read & Publish Open Access agreement signed with MALMAD

Researchers at seven institutions in Israel can now publish an unlimited number of Open Access research articles free of charge in The Company of Biologists’ subscription journals following a three-year Read & Publish agreement with MALMAD, the consortium of leading universities in Israel. Read more about our Read & Publish agreement with MALMAD.

January 2020 – Launch of the Node Network

The Company of Biologists’ journal Development and community site the Node have launched the Node Network, a global directory of developmental and stem cell biologists. Visit the Node Network.

November 2019 – Read & Publish Open Access agreement signed with Jisc

Higher education institutions in the UK can now benefit from cost-effective “read” and “publish” access to The Company of Biologists’ subscription journals following a two-year Read & Publish Open Access agreement with Jisc, a membership organisation which provides digital solutions for UK education and research. Read more about our Read & Publish agreement with Jisc.

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