Do Read & Publish agreements drive growth in Open Access research content? Yes!
Has the success of The Company of Biologists’ Read & Publish initiative led to an increase in the research content that has been published immediately Open Access in Development, Journal of Cell Science and Journal of Experimental Biology? Absolutely! Learn more in this short video presented by Claire Moulton (Publisher at The Company of Biologists).
Claire Moulton: The Company of Biologists has a long-standing commitment to innovation in Open Access publishing and we’re delighted that our cost-neutral and uncapped Read & Publish Open Access initiative is continuing to go from strength to strength.
Claire Moulton: Corresponding authors at over 400 institutions across 32 countries now benefit from uncapped APC-free publishing for their research articles. We have signed agreements with library consortia in seven countries - most recently with the Council of Australian University Librarians. We have also signed a landmark agreement with EIFL that offers APC-free OA publishing to authors in 30 developing and transition economy countries.
Claire Moulton: So the question is - have Read & Publish agreements had an impact on Open Access publishing? Absolutely! The success of our Read & Publish initiative has helped us to significantly increase the proportion of research content that is published immediately Open Access.
Claire Moulton: Our hybrid journals were the first from any publisher to be afforded Transformative Journal status, and target Open Access growth for 2021 was 5%. Our actual growth was more than double that.
Claire Moulton: We are also delighted that from this year our two fully Open Access journals can also be included in our Read & Publish agreements.
Claire Moulton: We look forward to continuing to work closely with our library partners and the wider research community to accelerate a sustainable transition to Open Access.