New Read & Publish agreement between The Company of Biologists and the JULAC Consortium, Hong Kong

17 May 2023

The Company of Biologists is delighted to announce a new Read & Publish Open Access agreement with the Joint University Librarians Advisory Committee (JULAC) Consortium for 2023.

Corresponding authors at participating JULAC institutions in Hong Kong can publish an uncapped number of research articles immediately Open Access (OA) in our hybrid journals (Development, Journal of Cell Science and Journal of Experimental Biology) plus our fully Open Access journals (Disease Models & Mechanisms and Biology Open) without paying an article processing charge (APC). Researchers at participating institutions also benefit from unlimited access to our hybrid journals, including their full archives dating back to 1853.

Flora Ng, JULAC Chair and CIO/University Librarian, The University of Hong Kong, says:

“As stated in the JULAC’s Position Statement on Open Scholarship, JULAC is committed to enabling Open Access (OA) to research publications. This agreement with The Company of Biologists is an example of the tangible support that libraries can provide to their institution’s researchers in making their work Open Access.”

Sarah Logan, Regional Sales Manager at The Company of Biologists, says:

“We are very excited about our new partnership with the JULAC Consortium. This partnership will allow us to consolidate our approach and strengthen relationships with libraries in Hong Kong. Within the JULAC group we are seeing the transition of several established subscribers to new Read & Publish agreements supporting Open Access publishing. Five JULAC members have now signed up to the consortium agreement.”

Claire Moulton, Publisher at The Company of Biologists, says:

“As a not-for-profit publisher dedicated to supporting the biological community worldwide, we have a long-standing commitment to Open Access publishing. Our journals were the first in the world to be awarded Transformative Journal status by Plan S and the success of our Read & Publish initiative has already driven a significant increase in Open Access research content in our hybrid journals. We welcome our new Read & Publish agreement with the JULAC Consortium and look forward to working together to promote the growth of Open Access publishing in the biological and biomedical sciences in Hong Kong.”

Find out more about the agreement and participating institutions

About the JULAC Consortium
The Joint University Librarians Advisory Committee was established in 1967 by the Heads of Universities Committee. It is a forum to discuss, coordinate, and collaborate on library information resources and services among the libraries of the eight tertiary education institutions funded by the University Grants Committee of the Hong Kong SAR Government.

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 many library consortia.

Further information about our Read & Publish initiative?

Please contact us at subscriptions@biologists.com.

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