The collection was launched in January, 2020 when COVID-19 – then still unnamed and known as novel coronavirus 2019-nCoV – was first declared a global health emergency by the World Health Organisation.
What began as a modest collection of 70 book chapters and journal articles has now grown to include well over 1,000, with more being added all the time.
The speed of its growth is partly driven by the Press’s decision to adapt its publishing process for articles relating to Coronavirus. Currently, about 90% of accepted manuscripts are published within 48 hours of receipt and almost 60% within 24 hours.
The Press has also supported all manuscripts describing COVID-19 or coronavirus-related research to be published under a Gold Open Access license whether they are in a hybrid or a Gold Open Access journal, waiving Article Processing Charges for any publication in Gold Open Access titles. Around 1,000 APCs have been waived, with the exemption due to run until December, 2020.
The Press has also joined the Wellcome Trust and more than 30 leading publishers in committing to make all of its COVID-19 and coronavirus-related publications, and the available data supporting them, immediately accessible in PubMed Central (PMC) and other public repositories.
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