The Company of Biologists appoints Missing Link Versandbuchhandlung eG as a representative in Germany

28 April 2023

We are delighted to announce that we have signed an agreement with Missing Link Versandbuchhandlung eG to represent us in Austria, Germany and Switzerland.

Our Read & Publish Open Access (OA) initiative continues to go from strength to strength. Over 600 institutions in 41 countries are now participating, and this is helping to drive significant growth in OA publishing in our leading peer-reviewed hybrid journals (Development, Journal of Cell Science, Journal of Experimental Biology) and our fully OA journals (Disease Models & Mechanisms and Biology Open).

We are excited about opportunities to increase our visibility and to expand our subscriptions and Read & Publish programme through our new partnership.

Klaus Tapken, Chairman, Missing Link Versandbuchhandlung eG says:

“We are extremely excited about this new partnership with The Company of Biologists and enthusiastically support its journey to full Open Access through its successful Read & Publish initiative. For several years we have been working with organisations to promote Open Access and we trust that The Company of Biologists’ Read & Publish agreements will open up greater opportunities for the biological sciences community in our region to publish Open Access articles without charge in five leading peer-review journals. We also believe that the cost-neutral model offers excellent value for our institutional customers.”

Rich Blount, Sales Manager, The Company of Biologists, says:
“We look forward very much to working with Missing Link Versandbuchhandlung eG as our representative in Austria, Germany and Switzerland to build on the success of our Read & Publish Open Access initiative. We are confident that Missing Link’s excellent relationships with libraries and consortia, plus their ability to provide top quality local support, will enable more researchers in Austria, Germany and Switzerland to benefit from uncapped, immediate and fee-free OA publishing in our journals through Read & Publish agreements.”

About Missing Link Versandbuchhandlung eG
Founded in 1991, Missing Link Versandbuchhandlung eG is a German library supplier based in Bremen. Missing Link’s customers are academic libraries primarily from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. They have been supplying monographs, textbooks, eBooks, journals and databases from international publishers for over three decades. Missing Link work with organisations such as Knowledge Unlatched to promote Open Access, and are the Oable distributor, the platform which manages Open Access processes, across Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

About The Company of Biologists

The Company of Biologists is a not-for-profit publishing organisation dedicated to supporting and inspiring the biological community. We partner with libraries and library consortia to enable biologists worldwide to access our leading peer-reviewed hybrid journals – Development, Journal of Cell Science and Journal of Experimental Biology.

We also have a long-standing and ongoing commitment to Open Access. Our cost-neutral Read & Publish initiative enables corresponding authors at participating institutions to publish an uncapped number of OA research articles in our hybrid journals and our two fully OA journals – Disease Models & Mechanisms and Biology Open without paying an Article Processing Charge (APC). We were the first not-for-profit publisher to commit to the Transformative Journal approach and our journals were the first to be awarded Transformative Journal status by Plan S. We also publish two fully OA journals – Disease Models & Mechanisms and Biology Open. Over 600 institutions in 41 countries are now participating in our cost-neutral Read & Publish OA initiative. We also have Read & Publish agreements with ten library consortia.


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