Monday, 28 February 2011

BMJOpen launched

BMJ Open - BMJ's new online-only, open access journal - has been launched. The journal will publish "all research study types, from study protocols to phase I trials to meta-analyses, including small or potentially low-impact studies".

In a move to promote greater transparency in the peer review process, all published articles include the reviewers reports, responses from the author and (where necessary) a further commentary by the reviewers.  All reviewer reports include details of who has undertaken the review (name, affiliation, and contact details.)

The article-processing charge for papers accepted for publication is £1200.

All published articles are deposited in PMC and made available in UKPMC.  Articles are licenced under the Creative Commons, attribution, Non-commercial licence.

Publication in BMJ Open meets the open access requirements of the Wellcome Trust and the other members of the UKPMC Funders Group.

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Wellcome Trust and the author-pays model

A presentation by Robert Kiley (Wellcome Trust) given at the annual conference of the Association of Subscription Agents and Intermediaries that looks at the Wellcome Trust experience with the author-pays, open access model.

Looking at Wellcome-funded papers published in the quarter of 2010, Kiley calculates that the average cost of papers published under the author-pays model -- either through a hybrid or full open access option - was $2,367.

Based on this average fee, Kiley estimates that if every Wellcome-funded paper was routed through a "gold" OA route -- and assuming that the Trust picked up 100% of these costs -- then the total cost per year would be around $10.8m, which equates to around 1.25% of the Trust's annual research spend.

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Wiley announce launch of new Open Access journals

Wiley have announced the launch of Wiley Open Access, a new publishing programme of open access journals.  The first three titles - Microbiology Open, Brain and Behavior and Ecology and Evolution - will all launch later in 2011.

Wiley Open Access journals will be published under the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited and is not used for commercial purposes.  All articles will be deposited in PubMed Central and UKPMC.

A publication fee will be payable by authors on acceptance of their articles, though the press release does not indicate what the fee will be.

This announcement comes hot on the heels of other publishers announcing their new open access journals including Scientific Reports (NPG), BMJOpen (BMG) and SageOpen (Sage).