Craig Franklin on Open Access and Read & Publish in Journal of Experimental Biology
Editor-in-Chief, Craig Franklin, talks about Journal of Experimental Biology, the importance of Open Access publishing and how The Company of Biologists’ Read & Publish initiative benefits researchers.
Craig Franklin: Hello, I'm Craig Franklin. I am Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Experimental Biology and I am based at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia.
Craig Franklin: Journal of Experimental Biology is the leading comparative physiology journal and that includes biomechanics. We publish papers on the form and function of animals and we are truly integrative.
Craig Franklin: There are papers that are published on molecular mechanisms, through to how cells and tissues and organs function through to organismal performance. Papers that spark the interest of our readers but also the general public, those quirky papers.
Craig Franklin: But we are also looking for papers that have impact and address significant societal issues, such as climate change.
Craig Franklin: When we talk about Open Access and we talk about readership, it is not just the scientists that get the opportunity to read our papers but it can be the general public and I like that. I like the idea that we can share our science on a global scale.
Craig Franklin: What Open Access also does is that it provides a degree of equality and equity and that people from around the globe have the opportunity to read these papers. And those, often from developing countries, where they are unable to access papers because of subscription walls.
Craig Franklin: If your institution signs up to a Read & Publish initiative, you can actually publish an Open Access paper APC-free and in fact you can publish many papers Open Access with such a deal.
Craig Franklin: And what's great about this is that often early-career researchers or mid-career researchers who don't have a lot of research funds have the ability to make their papers fully Open Access.
Craig Franklin: We are getting fantastic feedback from our authors who have been able to publish their papers Open Access through these Read & Publish initiatives.
Craig Franklin: So their universities, their institutions have signed up and that allows them to publish all their papers Open Access in Journal of Experimental Biology.
Craig Franklin: Open Access allows all our papers in Journal of Experimental Biology to be accessible and it's the pathway to the future.