EDP Sciences has announced that Mechanics & Industry (M&I), the official journal of the Association Française de Mécanique (AFM), will publish all articles open access from January 2021. M&I has been co-published in English with EDP Sciences since 2004 and is widely recognised and appreciated in its field.
The joint decision to transition the journal to open access underlines the AFM’s policy of supporting open science. It is particularly keen to facilitate exchanges between researchers and industry and highlight collaborative projects. EDP Sciences has been committed to open access from the beginning of the movement and, like the AFM, supports a continuous move towards open science. It is committed to helping journals transition to open access if they so wish.
Open access provides an exciting opportunity for M&I to grow and places it at the forefront of developments in the sector, closely following the recommendations of the French national plan for open science and, of course, Plan S supported by a range of European institutions. The journal will be disseminated much more widely, both nationally and internationally, and will gain more exposure within the industry.
The journal already benefits from the reach of open access; submissions via the existing ‘open access option’ have been popular and 80 open access articles have been published since 2017 (of which 39 were under the ‘French National Open Access Agreement’). Several open access special issues have also been published and proved to be very popular. It is worth noting, article processing charges (APCs) will be waived for young researchers contributing to future special issues.
Authors will also benefit from the transition to full open access. The journal will publish articles under a CC-BY license, enabling authors to retain copyright and be fully compliant with any open access requirements of funding organisations. Corresponding authors from institutions which are part of the French National Open Access Agreement will be able to publish in M&I with no APCs as will those affiliated with an institution in Group A of the Research4Life programme. Similar agreements are already in place with German academic institutions and eligible Chinese Academy of Sciences institutes. The AFM and EDP Sciences will continue their efforts to secure funding for APCs via such agreements.
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