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Cambridge's Transformative Journals see a 70 percent leap in research published open access -

Cambridge University Press revealed the figure in an update to the cOAlition S group of funders on the progress of its Transformative Journal (TJ) programme.

The update also shows that the programme exceeded its open access (OA) growth target for the year, playing an important role in Cambridge’s plans to transform the vast majority of the research publishing in its journals to OA by 2025.

Overall, the proportion of research articles published in Gold OA in Cambridge journals increased 36 percent last year – a 47 percent increase in 2020. The publisher expects that to have reached 50 percent by the end of this year.

The update clearly shows the impact of publishing open access, with OA articles getting about 1.6 times more citations and about 3.5 times more full-text views on Cambridge's publishing platform, Cambridge Core.

The uptake of Gold OA in Cambridge journals has also been driven by the increasing number of Transformative Agreements the publisher has reached with higher education and research institutions around the world, repurposing their existing subscription spend to provide opportunities for their researchers to publish OA. As more and more authors become eligible for Gold OA under such agreements, more journals will be able to increase the number of articles they publish OA.

While not all journals in the TJ programme met their individual targets last year, these have been granted an exception by cOAlition S, meaning authors can continue to publish with those journals in compliance with Plan S requirements.

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