Scientific publisher Nature Publishing Group (NPG), UK, and the European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO) have announced that prices for site licence access to the EMBO Journal and EMBO reports will be reduced by 9 percent in 2010. This is seen to reflect the increased publication of open access (OA) content in 2008. The decision follows ratification by the EMBO Council.
The 9 percent reduction is net of an annual inflationary price increase. Print and personal subscription prices are unaffected.
For the 2011 subscription year onwards, both the site licence price and author fees will be considered in an effort to achieve equitable distribution of the costs of publication. This evaluation will involve an in-depth review of all factors relevant to the publication process, including the proportion of OA content and authors' ability to pay for OA and other publication-related costs.
NPG publishes the EMBO Journal and EMBO reports on behalf of EMBO. An OA option on both publications was introduced in January 2007. NPG has implemented hybrid models across many of its academic journals, and expects those titles to show price reductions in due course, as the volume of OA increases.
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