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All ECS published research available for free during Free the Science Week
- 21 Mar 2019

The Electrochemical Society (ECS) has announced its third annual Free the Science Week to be held on April 1-7, 2019. ECS will take down the paywall to its entire online collection of published research. For the duration of the week, the ECS Digital Library, which contains over 151,000 scientific articles and abstracts, will be freely accessible to everyone.

Launched in 2015, the Free the Science initiative is ECS's vision for transformative, industry-wide change in the traditional methods of communicating scholarly research. Based on the fundamental tenet that research should be free for readers to access and free for authors to publish, the initiative represents the Society's ongoing, community-driven push toward a future that embraces open science.

ECS currently supports open access publishing in its two peer-reviewed journals, the Journal of The Electrochemical Society and the ECS Journal of Solid State Science and Technology, with a discount program for its open access article processing charges.

Through the program, ECS provides article credits to various members of its community - Society members, authors of certain types of articles, and authors affiliated with institutions subscribed to the Society's read-and-publish subscription package, ECS Plus, which by now boasts a subscription base of over 1,000 institutions.

ECS's support of open access as a publishing option has had a pivotal impact upon Society publishing. Since ECS began offering open access as a publishing option in 2014, over 35 percent of its journal articles have been published open access. Over 90 percent of those articles were published at no cost to authors, thanks to the over $2.1 million in article processing charge credits the Society provided.

In recent months, amid discussions of Plan S, ECS's Free the Science initiative has drawn attention from the key players in the publishing industry.

Interested parties may access ECS research for free during the week in the ECS Digital Library.

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Dutch institutions to benefit from increased OA publication
- 11 Mar 2019

Dutch institutions will benefit from increased open access publication and a growing collection of social science research as the result of a 'read and publish' deal agreed with Emerald for the next two years. Via the SURF consortium, Dutch universities will benefit from open access publication at no additional charge, and a growing collection of research supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Under the deal, 14 of the leading academic institutions in the Netherlands will have access to an extensive collection of research supporting the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals over the next two years.

As part of the forward-looking 'read and publish' deal, authors at those institutions will be able to publish an increasing number of open access articles at no additional charge in Emerald publications, supporting the Netherlands' national open access mandate and demonstrating Emerald's commitment to 'being open to open'. This includes publication on the new Emerald Open Research platform launched earlier this year.

Emerald Open Research is a new and pioneering way to rapidly publish a range of research outputs, from original research articles to case studies and data notes. With open peer review controlled by the author and an open data policy, research will be freely available to read, download and reuse, reaching a truly broad audience.

The 14 libraries will be able to tailor their resources and budgets to their respective institutions' needs.

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Fourth VSNU eZine on open access: The importance of 'international alignment'
- 05 Mar 2019

The goal of achieving 100% open access for scientific publications by 2020 is coming into view. This means many efforts are underway to achieve this aim. International alignment is the common thread for the future: it is becoming increasingly clear that there is a need for international cooperation in terms of negotiating strategies and the conditions imposed by funders on publications. Scientific research is international and knows no boundaries.

The eZine 'Open access - International Alignment' contains a detailed explanation of the developments within the five pillars for open access. In the context of negotiations, for instance, attention is paid to the conditions that apply when entering into contracts with publishers. Under monitoring, the main differences in publication cultures within various scientific fields are also identified. Developments for the future are discussed as part of a number of key trends that help to illustrate scenarios for the years ahead. Finally, the Bill&Melinda Gates Foundation shares its funder's perspective on the developments in open access.

In addition to international alignment, alignment is also required in the playing field of open access and open science. As of March 1, 2019, Darco Jansen will be the new programme manager for open access and open science at the VSNU.

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American Physical Society launches OA journal - Physical Review Research
- 01 Mar 2019

The American Physical Society (APS) has announced the launch of their fourteenth peer-reviewed journal, Physical Review Research (PRResearch).

The title is the fourth fully open-access (OA) journal within the Physical Review suite of journals and will cover the full spectrum of research topics including fundamental and applied, theoretical and experimental, and interdisciplinary and newly emerging areas. The journal will open for submissions this spring with the aim to publish its first papers in the second half of this year.

APS is currently recruiting active researchers to serve as editorial board members. PRResearch will be online only and the fully open access publishing model will make all articles immediately free to read and will allow reuse by readers anywhere in the world under a CC-BY 4.0 International license.

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De Gruyter transforms Advances in Nonlinear Analysis to open access
- 27 Feb 2019

Academic publisher De Gruyter has announced that its Advances in Nonlinear Analysis (ANA) is one of the ten journals that recently transformed from the subscription model to open access. ANA publishes high-quality research articles in the areas of nonlinear analysis and partial differential equations, and on their numerous applications in science and technology. The journal is edited by its founders and editors-in-chief, Vicenţiu Rădulescu and Marco Squassina, as well as by an elite editorial board, which includes many experts in this research-intensive area of mathematics.

In 2015, De Gruyter began investigating both the opportunities 'flipping' provided as well as the challenges that must be mastered to successfully transform subscription journals into open access. In the same year, ten journals made the transition, and all are thriving, although the impact of the transition varied between subject areas. The 2015 wave included titles in mathematics, physics, engineering, robotics, computer science, medicine, life sciences, neuroscience, chemistry and geosciences.

Since then, De Gruyter has transitioned a further ten journals in STEM and the journal portfolio in STEM at De Gruyter is now a respectable 20 percent open access with more candidates being investigated.

Further journals in the most recent wave of transitions are: Green Processing and Synthesis, Nonlinear Engineering, Nanotechnology Reviews, High Temperature Materials and Processes, e-Polymers, Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Materials, Heterocyclic Communications, Main Group Metal Chemistry, and Science and Engineering of Composite Materials.

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