Read & Publish: what authors say
There has been a great response from corresponding authors at institutions that are participating in our Read & Publish Open Access initiative.
In addition to benefitting from unlimited “read” access to Development, Journal of Cell Science and Journal of Experimental Biology and their archives, corresponding authors can publish an uncapped number of Open Access research articles without charge in Development, Journal of Cell Science and Journal of Experimental Biology.
Immediate Open Access publishing also means that articles are instantly available to other researchers worldwide, regardless of institutional licensing arrangements.
Professor David Stephens, University of Bristol, UK
We always seek to make our research available Open Access and the new Read & Publish agreement has hugely simplified that process for us as authors and also, I hope, for our Open Access Team. This also equalises opportunity for OA publishing for everyone across the University regardless of career stage and funding. It is also great to know this applies to all The Company of Biologists’ subscription journals
Professor Tessa Crompton, University College London, UK
It was wonderful to discover that we could publish our paper Open Access for free in Development, thanks to the Read & Publish agreement my university has with The Company of Biologists. It’s great to know that our research is immediately accessible to everyone worldwide who wishes to access it.
Dr Èlia Benito-Gutiérrez, University of Cambridge, UK
Knowledge should have no limits so, not only were we absolutely delighted to publish our article in Development, it was great to be able to publish it immediately Open Access without charge thanks to the University of Cambridge’s Read & Publish agreement with The Company of Biologists.
Dr Qiaohui Hu, The University of Adelaide, Australia
Thanks to the Read & Publish Open Access Initiative, we had the opportunity to publish our work Open Access without worrying about the Open Access fee. We really appreciate it as it makes our research findings available to the public, and we can easily share our work with any interested parties.
Dr Agathe Chaigne, University College London, UK
I’m very glad that we had the opportunity to publish this paper Open Access without charge thanks to the Read & Publish agreement my university has with The Company of Biologists. I believe science cannot be hiding behind a paywall and restricted to a selected few but should be reachable by anyone, anywhere.
Dr Michalis Barkoulas, Imperial College London, UK
I was very happy to see that my university participates in the Read & Publish initiative, which facilitates publishing Open Access for free in some of my favourite journals including Development. This was particularly important for my lab in this instance because our relevant funding had just come to an end.
I wish The Company of Biologists good luck in this journey that promises to help our community overcome publishing and accessibility barriers.
Natalie van Dis, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
Happy that my first contribution to the field could be published Open Access thanks to the Read & Publish agreement. It really takes away the barriers on both sides: now anyone that wishes to read our work can do so freely, and we were able to publish our article OA despite not having publishing fees accounted for in our budget. Great initiative! Sets the stage for hopefully publishing the rest of my PhD Open Access too.
Dr Erik Sahai, The Francis Crick Institute, UK
When developing a tool, you don’t want it to sit on the proverbial shelf gathering dust, but you want people to use it. The free Open Access option is great because it maximises the number of people who will see your work, and then hopefully use it to make their own discoveries.
Dr Olivia Tidswell, University of Cambridge, UK
The Read & Publish Open Access Initiative is just one of the many ways in which The Company of Biologists demonstrates their commitment to supporting the research community. Open Access fees represent a significant barrier to disseminating research, and I was delighted to find out that they are waived for authors from participating institutions when publishing in Development. Another reason to publish in this excellent journal!
Associate Professor Craig Smith, Monash University, Australia
In times when grant funding is difficult to secure, we really appreciated free Open Access publication of our work in Development.
Derek Jurestovsky, University of Akron, USA
It means a lot to be published and have my research showcased in Journal of Experimental Biology (JEB). The Read & Publish agreement the University of Akron has with The Company of Biologists means that we can publish research articles Open Access without charge. This removes one of the major stressors of publishing from students and faculty in addition to getting our study accessed by other researchers quickly.
Professor Jacquetta Trasler, McGill University, Canada
What a wonderful surprise it was to find out about the Read & Publish Open Access agreement between The Company of Biologists and McGill University which facilitates immediate access to our research to all readers without charge! This is fabulous: for science, for our trainees whose careers benefit from having their research seen quickly and widely, and for our hard-earned publicly funded research grants that can advance science further as a result. I love this initiative and I’ll be spreading the word at McGill and encouraging my trainees and colleagues to submit more papers to The Company of Biologists’ journals.
Professor Ian Collinson, University of Bristol, UK
The cost of publishing Open Access can be a barrier to the broad dissemination of research, but low and behold this time it was free! Seemed too good to be true – had I pressed the wrong button? It seems I did not as my university has a Read & Publish agreement with The Company of Biologists. Free publishing and Open Access; we’ll be sending in more papers soon hopefully!
Assistant Professor Atsuo Iida, Nagoya University, Japan
Article Processing Charges can sometimes be a financial burden on the author and can impede the accessibility of research results. The Read & Publish Open Access initiative eliminates these issues and makes it easier for researchers to make their findings available to the public. The high transparency publication of research results will greatly contribute to discussions for solving the next issue. I think that the Read & Publish program is great and it will be a great motivation for submitting my future research to related journals published by The Company of Biologists.
Assistant Professor Li-En Jao, UC Davis School of Medicine, USA
The Open Access agreement between The Company of Biologists and University of California allowed our research to be published for free and accessed by everyone immediately. Without this agreement, we would not have been able to afford publishing this work as Open Access. I hope that more publishers and institutions can follow such a model to really transform OA publishing.
Dr Ben Steventon, University of Cambridge, UK
Always happy to publish in Development, even happier to publish Open Access without a charge! Happy to see that our favourite journal can support Open Access while also helping The Company of Biologists continue to support our community.
Merijn Driessen, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
I think the Read & Publish agreement is a great and important step towards making research more open and available to everyone, which is something I think is vital. For many early-career scientists like myself, the funding to publish open access is not always there. Being given the opportunity to do so, whilst publishing in journals that are well renowned in the field, will make sure that work such as ours is immediately available to all interested parties.
Associate Professor Allen Ehrlicher, McGill University, Canada
Open Access is how science is meant to be, however, the cost of Open Access publication can be a barrier to disseminating our work; being able to share our work in an open way free of charge helps ensure that we reach a broader audience.
Dr Robert Meech, University of Bristol, UK
As a Research Fellow with limited resources, I am very pleased to be able to publish our article Open Access thanks to the Read & Publish agreement between The Company of Biologists and The University of Bristol. Many thanks are also due to the David and Lucile Packard Foundation who support the submersibles operated by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. The Open Access publishing process itself was painless and completed in a matter of minutes. All four authors are delighted that everyone may access our article immediately, rather than it being behind a paywall. It’s a great system.
Professor Anders Hedenström, Lund University, Sweden
I think that publicly funded research should be freely available. To have our paper published Open Access free of charge, thanks to the Read & Publish initiative, was simply awesome, and it only took a few clicks to arrange.
Professor Smadar Ben Tabou de Leon, University of Haifa, Israel
After years of hard work, we were all excited when our paper was accepted for publication in Development. Naturally, we wanted our work to be accessible for everyone that is interested in reading it, but the cost of Open Access is usually a limiting factor. We were therefore delighted to hear that our institute, the University of Haifa, has a Read & Publish agreement with The Company of Biologists. This agreement allows us to publish Open Access, free of charge! This is a win-win for all – the people that did the work and want it to be read as broadly as possible, and the readers that want to have access to new research, when it is fresh out of the oven.
Dr Rickesh Patel, Lund University, Sweden
My co-authors and I are very grateful to publish our paper Open Access in Journal of Experimental Biology without charge as part of my institution’s Read & Publish agreement with The Company of Biologists. We are happy to know that individuals who may not have the privilege of having access to the journal via their institution will nonetheless have access to our publication free of charge.
Professor Benny Geiger, The Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
It is my sincere view that open scientific communication within the research community is based on Open Access publication, and I am delighted that The Company of Biologists and the Weizmann Institute of Science found a way to support this mode of publication of our article through a Read & Publish agreement.
Professor Patric Turowski, UCL, UK
When UCL announced the transformative agreement with many publishers and the Read & Publish Open Access initiative by The Company of Biologists, I couldn’t have been any happier, in particular since Journal of Cell Science and Development are two go-to journals in our area of vascular cell biology and cell signaling. Undoubtedly, it is these kind of initiatives that are needed to use public research funds money wisely and truly make science accessible and more impactful for all. With this kind of publication policy The Company of Biologists will always remain at the top of the pile for us.
Dr Martin How, University of Bristol, UK
It is important to me that publicly funded research like our own is available for the public to read, and Open Access agreements are a really great tool to help achieve this. It also makes it much easier for me to share our work with collaborators and other interested parties, which I’m sure helps with the overall dissemination of our research.
Dr Elizabeth Clutton, University of Portsmouth, UK
We were delighted to be able to publish our article Open Access free of charge in Journal of Experimental Biology and we feel very privileged to have this opportunity. As early career researchers completing research that was not funded using a massive grant, we had no funds available to cover publication fees. This is a factor that can limit many researchers, so being able to publish Open Access for free was a lifeline for me and my co-authors.
Professor Geraldine Wright, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, UK
Journal of Experimental Biology is one of my favourite journals and I was very pleased that we could publish our article Open Access without charge as a result of the R&P agreement. OA makes our research available to everyone immediately and increases the impact of our work. When you consider how much of our time and public money goes into the production of a scientific article, anything that improves its overall impact and availability amplifies its value.
Dr Matthew Walker, University of Lincoln, UK
My university’s Read & Publish agreement with The Company of Biologists has allowed me to publish the research from my PhD in Journal of Experimental Biology without having to worry about finding funding for Open Access charges. My work is available instantly for free and can be read by JEB’s wide readership of scientists from different backgrounds.
Dr Chris MacDonald, University of York, UK
The Read & Publish agreement between The Company of Biologists and The University of York is a fantastic step forward in reducing barriers to publishing – and accessing – research articles. Alongside pre-printing for early documentation of work, such mechanisms are particularly helpful for early career researchers like me. The first paper from my lab, recently accepted by Journal of Cell Science, was made available Open Access without charge through this agreement and all other aspects of the editorial process were equally simple!
Professor Fernando Montealegre-Z, University of Lincoln, UK
Being able to publish Open Access for free in the Journal of Experimental Biology has helped us expand the readership of our research, in a very fast and convenient way. It is particularly encouraging for early career researchers at institutions with Read & Publish agreements for the journal, as it allows them to display their research globally without the need to find costs to cover the open access option.
Dr James Briscoe, Senior Group Leader, The Francis Crick Institute, UK and Editor-in-Chief of Development:
The Read & Publish agreement is great for us at The Crick. As a corresponding author, I can publish as many papers as I like in The Company of Biologists’ journals, such as Development, without paying an Open Access charge. It also means that as a reader I have access to all The Company of Biologists’ content, dating back to the early 20th century and beyond.
Watch James Briscoe talking about what the Read & Publish agreement means for him as an author and reader in this short video.
Dr Gal Ribak, Tel Aviv University, Israel:
Publishing in the Journal of Experimental Biology helps to ensure that my paper reaches colleagues in my field. Publishing my paper Open Access ensures that it will also be accessible immediately to everyone else – and it was great to be able to do so for free as my institution has a Read & Publish agreement with The Company of Biologists.
Dr Jacques Behmoaras, Imperial College London, UK:
I was very pleased to publish Open Access in Journal of Cell Science with no fees nor time-consuming admin processes. The clear advantages are rapid and efficient exposure and easy access to my article around the world. I believe it is great to have this publishing option in fast-growing fields in biomedical research.
Professor Talila Volk, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel:
I was delighted to have our paper published Open Access for free in Development. This is due to a special Read & Publish deal between my research institute – the Weizmann Institute of Science – and The Company of Biologists. Publishing Open Access exposes my article to a wide variety of readers who do not have access to the journal.
Professor Sally Lowell, University of Edinburgh, UK:
I was delighted to have our paper accepted for publication in Development but the cherry on the cake was learning that our paper would be published Open Access for zero pounds and zero pence without me having to do anything.
I’d heard of Read & Publish deals and knew that many universities, including mine, had signed up to them but I had not previously understood the benefits that these deals bring to authors who work at those universities.
Professor Roi Holzman, Tel Aviv University, Israel:
Being able to publish Open Access articles free of charge means that my article gets maximum exposure and has maximum impact, and that all my peers can read it regardless of the agreements that their universities have with publishers. Besides the better exposure, it allows me divert more resources to research, so the benefit is doubled.
Professor Shankar Srinivas, University of Oxford, UK:
It’s wonderful to be able to publish in a journal like Development for ‘free’. The best part for me was how painless the digital paperwork was – the web form is brief and takes very little time to fill out.