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November 3, 2011 — In addition to this week's NewsBreak(s), the editors have compiled the Weekly News Digest, featuring stories from the week just past that you should know about. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today.

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Taylor & Francis Group Opens More Open Access

Taylor & Francis Group, one of the world’s leading publishers of scholarly journals, books, ebooks, and reference works, publishes content across the humanities, social sciences, and science and technology. In 2012, it will initiate changes to its open access (OA) program. It has also announced a new list of OA publications.

In 2012, the current iOpenAccess option will be renamed Taylor & Francis Open Select and will continue to give authors and their sponsors the option of making their articles available on open access to all for a publication fee. This initiative has been running since 2006 and currently encompasses 500 titles. In addition, three titles currently available on a subscription basis will be converted to full open access for 2012. The digital archives of these titles will also be made open access.  The titles, Green Chemistry Letters and Reviews, Journal of Biological Dynamics, and Smart and Nano Materials, have author communities with a strong interest in publishing research in an open access model.

Taylor & Francis will also launch Taylor & Francis Open. This initiative will cover all its fully open access titles. One important part of this initiative is a new series of fully open access titles from 2012 in major subject areas. These titles will offer rapid online publication of methodologically sound research subject to peer review. The journals will have article publication fees, with discounts or fee waivers for emergent countries. The initiative will also involve collaboration with leading journals within Taylor & Francis’ existing portfolio, along with support from learned societies and internationally acclaimed editors, ensuring the quality of these titles.

In addition to these broad-spectrum titles, Taylor & Francis also plans the following:

  • Launch Journal of Organic Semiconductors on a full open access basis for 2012
  • Launch a major new financial economics title on a full open access basis for 2012
  • Announce a publishing partnership with an established health and social care full open access title
  • Continue its publishing partnership with Kotuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences Online, an established fully open access journal currently published under the Routledge imprint in cooperation with the Royal Society of New Zealand.

David Green, global journals publishing director, sums up Taylor & Francis’ new approaches to open access: “We believe that this content should be widely disseminated and are now exploring various Open Access business models to enable universal access in ways that are sustainable and meet the needs of the research communities we serve. We feel the time is right to increase the scope of our Open Access offerings to sit alongside the cost-effective subscription and licensing options we offer to libraries.  Over the past three years society journals have been partnering with Taylor & Francis Group at the rate of more than one per week, and, if required, we are now able to offer a potential partner a range of Open Access business models where there is real author demand and we can ensure viability and sustainability.”

Source: Taylor & Francis Group



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