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BMJ launches new OA journal on complex healthcare interventions
- 18 Sep 2019

Healthcare knowledge provider BMJ has added a new title to its expanding portfolio of more than 70 specialist journals, with the launch of BMJ Surgery Interventions&Health Technologies (BMJ SIT). An open access journal, BMJ SIT is dedicated to the latest advances in the development and use of surgical therapeutic devices and interventional procedures.

Intended to encourage high quality science and more rapid dissemination of new knowledge and innovations in the field, the title will provide a high-impact international platform for both early and later stage clinical studies. It will publish long-term assessment and monitoring studies that meet high design and reporting standards.

In common with all the other journals in BMJ's portfolio, this latest addition will maintain a rigorous and transparent peer review process accompanied by the highest ethical standards for research conduct. It will operate a fast submission and review process with continuous publication online, to ensure that timely, up-to-date research is available worldwide.

The journal's joint editors are Professor Art Sedrakyan, of Weill Cornell Medical College in New York, and Professor Peter McCulloch, of the University of Oxford in the UK.

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Yale University and Frontiers Form Open Access Publishing Agreement
- 13 Sep 2019

Yale University and Frontiers have formed an institutional membership agreement for open access publishing.

Yale University supports its researchers in making their research more widely available. As part of this support, Yale University Library has entered an institutional agreement with Frontiers. Under the terms of this agreement, Yale-affiliated corresponding authors will benefit from a 15% membership discount on article processing charges (APCs) when publishing in any of Frontiers' open access journals, irrespective of what fund covers the APC.

The discount will be automatically applied if Yale-affiliated corresponding authors submit manuscripts with a Yale University institutional email address. If they submit via another email domain, but they indicate Yale University as the affiliation on the paper, Frontiers will verify eligibility for the discount with Yale University Library. Yale-affiliated corresponding authors should use their institutional email address when submitting a manuscript whenever possible.

This agreement will further encourage Yale University authors to publish open access.

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Scholastica announces sustainable OA publishing roadmap: Plan S and beyond
- 11 Sep 2019

Scholastica, a peer review and open access (OA) publishing platform for academic journals, has announced the release of a Product Roadmap detailing new features to help journals comply with Plan S and sustainably meet core technical publishing standards. With these product improvements, Scholastica is making it possible for publishing organizations of any size to produce OA journals of the same professional quality as a large publisher and meet new regulations and standards -- but at a fraction of the time and cost.

Scholastica is committed to ensuring that all journals using its OA publishing platform will be able to meet the guidelines for Plan S, an initiative by a consortium of national and international research funders, including the Bill&Melinda Gates Foundation, to make research fully and immediately OA by January 1, 2021.

The product updates are part of Scholastica's ongoing efforts to lower the cost and technical barriers to publishing professional-quality OA journals to support academic-led publishing initiatives. Scholastica has also launched a pilot customer service program to support interested publishing users in fulfilling the steps required to be Plan S compliant, at no additional cost.

Scholastica is now an end-to-end journal management platform, with tools and services for peer review, typesetting, publishing, and hosting. For more product and service details, including transparent pricing information, visit the website.

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The Wellcome Trust and UK Research&Innovation back project to push OA 'transparent pricing' framework
- 09 Sep 2019

The Wellcome Trust and national funding agency UK Research&Innovation are backing a project to push "more transparent" communication around the nature and prices of OA publishing services. The project is being run on behalf of the international research consortium cOAlition S, with consultancy Information Power leading the venture.

Taking place between September and December 2019, the project is planned as a collaboration with publishers, funders and universities, seeking 'to develop a framework which enables publishers to communicate the price of services in a way that is transparent, practical to implement, and insightful for users.'

Information Power will consult with stakeholders and try to identify categories of services provided in exchange for APCs or transformative arrangements, working 'to gain the voluntary support of members of these groups to deliver greater pricing transparency, and in ways that can be maintained and monitored. Specific costs, and current and future pricing, will not be explored.

Publishers Steven Inchcoombe of Springer Nature, Jasmin Lange of Brill and Sarah Greaves of Hindawi are all on the project steering group, which also includes representatives from Jisc Collections, UKRI, Wellcome, Imperial College London, Cambridge University, the University of California, and the Austria Science Fund.

Alicia Wise, Lorraine Estelle and Hazel Woodward comprise the project team at Information Power.

cOAlition S's so-called Plan S aims to make all government-funded research available Open Access immediately on publication from January 2021. One of its prime principles is: "The Funders support the diversity of business models for Open Access journals and platforms. When Open Access publication fees are applied, they must be commensurate with the publication services delivered and the structure of such fees must be transparent to inform the market and funders potential standardisation and capping of payments of fees."

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DOAJ and the Federation of Finnish Learned Societies collaborate on new pilot to encourage Finnish open access journals to apply to DOAJ
- 05 Sep 2019

The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) and the Federation of Finnish Learned Societies (TSV) are collaborating on a pilot project to encourage and help peer-reviewed open access (OA) journals published in Finland to be indexed in DOAJ. The Pilot runs from May 2019 to May 2020.

DOAJ has set an international standard for peer-reviewed OA journals. The index currently includes 13500 journals from over 131 countries publishing in 75 languages, showing the regional and linguistic diversity of research.

For a variety of reasons, not all open access journals are indexed in DOAJ. A recent paper by Björk showed DOAJ covers 42% of OA journals published in Nordic countries, and there are considerable country differences - 68% of OA journals from Norway but only 23% from Finland.

In an open letter concerning Plan S, DOAJ called on representative groups in the social sciences, humanities and arts to collaborate with them and help them identify journals that are fit for purpose, and which should be indexed in DOAJ. The TSV Publication Forum (Julkaisufoorumi in Finnish) answered that call and has identified ~160 potential OA journals published in Finland, of which 29 are already in DOAJ. TSV proposed a collaboration with DOAJ to help getting the rest of the Finnish OA journals indexed.

The pilot project will determine if these journals are DOAJ compliant and, if not, what they need to do to meet the basic DOAJ criteria. DOAJ, TSV Publication Forum and TSV Publication Services will work together to facilitate the process of the journals' possible inclusion in DOAJ by communicating criteria, translating instructions, and organising workshops for training and preparing applications. A further goal of the pilot is to encourage Finnish journals that are not yet OA to consider open access publishing.

TSV Publication Forum maintains a national classification of peer-reviewed journals and book publishers that is based on evaluation by field-specific expert panels. All the identified potential OA journals have been approved to be peer-reviewed academic/scholarly journals. Many of the journals also use the TSV label for peer-reviewed scholarly publications, showing their strong commitment to high standards of peer-review and research integrity.

Most peer-reviewed journals in Finland are not-for-profit and are published by learned societies. TSV's strategy for 2019-2023 includes developing open publication by member organisations so the pilot project launched with DOAJ is very much on the Federation's agenda. TSV is also the national coordinator of Finland's open science policy, and is currently working with stakeholders to create a national open access strategy as well as recommendations for responsible evaluation of a researcher.

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