Starting June 14th, all Annual Reviews content published between 2013-2022 will be openly available across Australia and New Zealand. This includes all articles authored by Australian and New Zealand researchers during this period. The journals provide overviews of scientific progress across the life, biological, physical, and social sciences.
This agreement is a pilot program under Subscribe to Open. This business model converts entire volumes of a journal to open access. Annual Reviews announced on April 5th, 2022, that they would work towards making their entire portfolio of 51 journals available worldwide in 2023 under the Subscribe to Open model. Recognising the impact of these plans, the Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) has negotiated full access in Australia and New Zealand one year earlier.
According to Richard Gallagher, President & Editor-in-Chief of Annual Reviews, working with CAUL to bring the content to everyone in Australia and New Zealand a year ahead of the global plan illustrates the shared commitment of the two organisations to open access and reflects a successful 20-year relationship.
The Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) is the peak leadership organisation for university libraries in Australia and New Zealand. CAUL members are the University Librarians or equivalent of the 39 institutions that have representation on Universities Australia (UA) and the University Librarians or equivalent of the 8 institutions that have representation on Universities New Zealand (UNZ) and which constitute the Council of New Zealand University Librarians (CONZUL), a committee of UNZ. CAUL significantly contributes to higher education strategy, policy, and outcomes through a commitment to a shared purpose: To transform how people experience knowledge – how it can be discovered, used, and shared. CAUL's vision is that society is transformed through the power of research, teaching, and learning. University libraries are essential knowledge and information infrastructures that enable student achievement and research excellence.Click here to read the original press release.