The Biochemical Society has released a statement on open scholarship issued with its publishing subsidiary, Portland Press. This statement sets out their joint position based on the Society and Portland Press’ strategy for 2019-2021. In addition to open access, the statement encompasses open science more broadly and covers areas such as research integrity, research-evaluation and article-level metrics, and collaboration.
Building on its previous ‘Open Science’ statement from Spring 2018 the Society continues to support sustainable open access with the aim of maximising accessibility to research. In line with these aims, Portland Press has committed to transitioning its business models to open access, and has for January 2020 offered read and publish deals to several hundred institutional-subscribers as a ‘transformative’ option in the subscription renewals cycle. These options for subscribing institutions, combined with other transformative-agreement pilots being negotiated separately with some library consortia, attest to the Biochemical Society’s commitment to a sustainable move to open access for society publishers.
The Society also supports FAIR open data principles which seek to make underlying datasets Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable and is a signatory of the DORA convention, which aims to improve the evaluation criteria for scholarly outputs.
As a member of the Society Publishers’ Coalition (SocPC), the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA) and the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP) the Society recognises the need to work with like-minded partners in the move towards open scholarship. Enhancing this collaboration, Portland Press’ Director of Publishing Malavika Legge has recently been elected to the Council of the SocPC where she will serve as Vice Chair helping to drive an orderly and sustainable transition to open scholarship for learned society publishers.
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