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Cengage and Phi Theta Kappa Foundation partner to offer free Cengage Unlimited subscriptions to college students
- 23 Apr 2018

Cengage, an education and technology company, is providing 1,000 college students with a free semester of Cengage Unlimited, the new subscription service for college course materials. The announcement was made by Cengage CEO Michael Hansen at PTK Catalyst 2018, the Society's annual convention, in Kansas City.

Cengage Unlimited is a first-of-its-kind subscription service that gives students access to all the company's digital higher education materials - more than 22,000 products across 70 disciplines and 675 courses- for $119.99/semester, no matter how many Cengage materials they use.

The subscriptions will be made available through a partnership with the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Foundation. PTK is the international honour society recognising the academic achievement of students at associate degree-granting colleges.

Students pursuing associate degrees deal with many financial challenges. More than half face food and housing insecurity and nearly 13% experience some form of homelessness, according to recent reports.

PTK Members and alumni attending a U.S. college or university can enter online at http://www.ptk.org/cengage. Cengage Unlimited will launch in August 2018 and subscriptions can be used for the 2018/19 academic year. The deadline to apply is May 15, 2018.

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Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation joins Frontiers list of open access funders
- 17 Apr 2018

The Gates Foundation in line with its open access policy supports its grantees in publishing open access by covering article processing charges (APCs) and co-developing Chronos, a platform supporting the selection of open access publishing options and managing the invoicing of APCs.

Frontiers and Chronos have formed a central invoicing agreement for open access publishing. While publishing articles in Frontiers journals is already compliant with the Gates Foundation's open access policy, Chronos has now entered a collaboration with Frontiers to centralise and further simplify the invoicing process for APCs associated with articles by Gates Foundation grantees published in any Frontiers journal.

Gates Foundation-supported authors, when submitting an article, are asked to register with Chronos, and through this collaboration the invoicing and payment of the APCs will be arranged and aggregated directly between Chronos and Frontiers, with authors relieved entirely of this part of the process.

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Hindawi and the AAAS launch Research - Hindawi's first white-label publishing partnership
- 12 Apr 2018

Hindawi and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) have announced the launch of a new journal - Research. Research is a new open access journal published by the Chinese Association of Science and Technology (CAST). The journal opened for submissions on March 19th with first articles expected to be published around mid 2018.

This new journal collaboration sees two publishers working together and combining their expertise to develop one journal. AAAS will use its editorial expertise to assist CAST with the development of the editorial process. Hindawi will add its operational and system expertise to develop the publishing platform and perform all production tasks.

The development of Hindawi's Publishing Partnership program started in 2016 with a project to flip subscription journals from Wiley's journal program. This work started a series of discussions on the potential for Hindawi to use its systems to collaborate with journal publishers. There were many publishers struggling with Open Access due to legacy systems and processes that were either inefficient or prohibitively expensive.

Hindawi's answer was to develop its 'white label' solution that could be utilised by other publishers to start new journals or transition existing ones to Open Access. It was developed in two configurations: complete support from submission to publication or a lighter post acceptance version, supporting from the completion of peer-review to publication.

The major work is currently being performed as part of a bigger commitment to platform development that is being undertaken in partnership with the Collaborative Knowledge Foundation (CoKo). eLife, University of California Press and Hindawi are all developing publication modules as part of the CoKo framework. These could be submission modules, peer-review modules or new journal platforms. One of the key goals is to release the entire code open source and to provide sufficient documentation to allow for reuse.

Hindawi's first development as part of this project is an editorial management platform to be used by publishing partners. The first version is expected to be released in early July with the first journals being published around September this year.

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EMBO Press, Rockefeller University Press and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press join forces to launch new research journal - Life Science Alliance
- 04 Apr 2018

EMBO Press, Rockefeller University Press, and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press have announced the launch of Life Science Alliance, a new global, open access, editorially independent, peer-reviewed journal committed to rapid, fair and transparent publication of valuable research from across the life sciences. Manuscripts can be submitted to Life Science Alliance directly or by seamless transfer without reformatting from nine partner journals: The EMBO Journal, EMBO Reports, Molecular Systems Biology, EMBO Molecular Medicine, Journal of Cell Biology, Journal of Experimental Medicine, Journal of General Physiology, Genes&Development, and Genome Research.

The alliance between three distinguished academic publishing houses offers authors a new and attractive choice among not-for-profit, open access journals. Authors of papers transferred to Life Science Alliance with or without referee reports are given a firm commitment prior to transfer. Timely editorial decisions are made through collaborative consultation between the editorial team and leading academic scientists. No more than one round of experimental revision will be requested.

Papers published in Life Science Alliance meet the high scientific and editorial standards established by the alliance partners for new results. Life Science Alliance welcomes important confirmatory, negative, and refuting data, as well as community resources such as datasets, screens, and new methods. To increase the reproducibility of results and stimulate data sharing, Life Science Alliance encourages authors to publish source data alongside each figure.

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Frontiers and Semmelweis University form OA publishing agreement
- 02 Apr 2018

Frontiers has announced an open access publishing agreement with Semmelweis University.

Semmelweis University supports open access publishing by covering 50% of article processing charges (APCs) for corresponding authors affiliated with the University who wish to publish in any Frontiers journal.

To submit an article under this institutional agreement, authors may select 'Semmelweis University' as institutional payer in the invoice section when submitting their article. Frontiers will then verify their eligibility with Semmelweis University Library, and if confirmed, 50% of the APC will be paid by the Library upon acceptance.

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