Not-for-profit Jisc and the Microbiology Society have announced a two-year pilot transitional open access (OA) agreement. The ’Publish and Read’ deal will allow researchers at participating institutions to publish an unlimited number of open-access articles, as well as access to the society’s full portfolio in return for a cost-neutral fixed fee.
The Microbiology Society is the first small learned society publisher to strike a transitional deal through the Jisc consortium. Jisc Collections undertakes negotiations and licensing for 180 UK universities and is close to agreeing to similar deals with Portland Press, the International Water Association and the European Respiratory Society.
Under the terms of the agreement which will be effective from 2020, scientists will be able to publish in the Microbiology Society’s six journals, two of which are born OA journals, the other four subscriptions and/or hybrid journals.
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