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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 awarded 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

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 – 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
  • Hong Kong: Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • New Zealand: Auckland University of Technology
  • Spain: Universitat de Barcelona
  • Switzerland: University of Basel
  • USA: Merck & Co Inc, 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.

Find out more about the Charleston Library Conference 2021.

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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