Peer J – Affordable, open access, publishing now available to biological and medical science researchers – JISC – 28 January 2014

Posted on January 30, 2014. Filed under: Health Informatics, Research | Tags: , |

Peer J – Affordable, open access, publishing now available to biological and medical science researchers – JISC – 28 January 2014

“From today UK universities will be able to centrally fund their researchers’ publication plans for biological and medical sciences journal PeerJ following an agreement with Jisc. This will allow authors to publish articles in the award winning journal for free, for life.

PeerJ is open access and affordable for both researchers and their universities. It provides academics with two open access publications: PeerJ (a peer-reviewed academic journal) and PeerJ PrePrints (a ‘pre-print server’). Both cover the whole of the biological and medical sciences and the PeerJ journal peer-reviews content only for scientific and methodological soundness.

Carolyn Alderson, acting head of licensing at Jisc Collections said: “The PeerJ tag line is: “Your Peers, Your Science. Academic Publishing Is Evolving” and we are delighted to be part of the enabling process for UK authors and institutions to participate in this new way of working.”

PeerJ’s pioneering new model was recognised in 2013 by the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers when it was awarded the “Publishing Innovation” of the year. This model is increasingly relevant as the importance of open access comes to the fore in research funding policy.
Neil Jacobs, head of scholarly communications Jisc said: “UK institutions can now give their authors an advantage as open access grows, as it inevitably will, with the forthcoming Higher Education Funding Council for England’s Research Excellence Framework. As well as being innovative, PeerJ is a first class publication option. It provides authors with a great publishing service, visibility for their research and significant impact.”

With the new arrangement institutions pre-pay for publication plans and individuals take advantage of that pre-payment when they come to publish. As a result institutions now have an easy, frictionless, and cost-effective way to provide their faculty with a world class open access publication option.
Peter Binfield, co-founder and publisher of PeerJ said: “we are excited to be offering our publication plans through Jisc. With this arrangement, UK institutions are now able to easily purchase a publication package that is tailored to their needs and which will provide large numbers of their faculty with the lifetime ability to publish their open access articles.” ”

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Public access to publicly-funded research – By David Willetts, Minister of State for Universities and Science (attending Cabinet) – 2 May 2012

Posted on May 4, 2012. Filed under: Evidence Based Practice, Research | Tags: , |

Public access to publicly-funded research – By David Willetts, Minister of State for Universities and Science (attending Cabinet) – 2 May 2012

Speech delivered to the Publishers Association annual general meeting, London

“I am very grateful for this opportunity to set out the Government’s approach to accessing and publishing research findings.

We are very fortunate to have such outstanding science and research capacity in this country. It is second in its range and volume only to the US. When it comes to the output generated from the funding that goes in, it is quite simply the most productive in the world. And no other country produces such a high proportion of work that is excellent. The recent review by Reed Elsevier, amongst others, provides the rigorous evidence behind these statements. With 1% of the world’s population and 4% of its researchers, we produce 6% of the world’s academic articles and 14% of those which are most highly cited. There are about 1.7 million academic articles published around the world, of which about 120,000 come from UK research. Thanks to the quality and success of our publishing industry, meanwhile, 400,000 of the world’s academic papers are published in the UK. If the rest of Britain performed like our research and publishing community, we would have rather fewer economic problems to tackle.”

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Wiki founder to build open access site for UK research – The Conversation – 2 May 2012

“The British government has enlisted the services of Wikipedia in a push to make all taxpayer-funded academic research from the UK freely available online – regardless of whether it is also published in a subscription-only journal.

The move is to be announced by the universities and science minister, David Willetts, when he addresses the Publishers Association on Wednesday (British time).”

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The other media story that dwarfs the News fiasco – Crikey – 3 May 2012

by Guy Rundle

“Quietly this week, while the UK was in uproar about the activities of the last big media company in a dying industry, something of far greater import happened in the world of media and information. The UK government announced that it would be making all research papers generated within its public universities available openly, online, for free.”

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