Tuesday, 25 May 2010

ASM launches open access journal

The American Society for Microbiology have launched a full online only, open access journal, known as mBio.

In an attempt to "break away from the current publication model", mBio editors will "either accept or reject manuscripts and will request only minor revisions; editors generally will not require authors to make extensive modifications or perform additional experiments. mBio's streamlined decisions do not mean less rigorous peer review, however. mBio editors, invited editors, and external referees are all active working scientists who are in the best position to judge the quality and importance of the work."

Another innovative development is the requirement for authors to explain, in plain English ,why the work is important. mBio editors hope that this development "will allow the importance of the work to be appreciated by nonspecialist scientists and critical nonscientific audiences, such as lay media, policy makers, and the general public." An example of this feature can be seen here.

All articles published in mBio are licenced under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.
The publication fee (article process charge) is $2000 for ASM members and $3000 for non-members.

All articles will be made freely available from UK PubMed Central and PubMed Central.

Thursday, 20 May 2010

Transparent OA pricing policy from the Royal Society

The Royal Society has announced plans to develop a transparent pricing policy in which the subscription cost of its journals are linked to the uptake of author-pays, open access articles.

"From 2012 we shall implement a new and more transparent pricing policy in which the price of each journal is tied to the number of non-open access articles published in that journal and each journal will publish the relevant article counts annually. We recognise the legitimate concerns of the research community that publishers of hybrid open access journals should take full account of the income they receive from article charges when setting subscription prices and believe that this model represents a coherent and viable way forward."

Further details of the Royal Society's open access publishing option (known as EXiS) can be found here.

See related post: Wellcome Trust calls for greater transparency from journals on open access publishing costs