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The Biochemical Society and Portland Press announce new Read & Publish pilot agreement with Jisc -

The Biochemical Society and Portland Press have announced an agreement with Jisc for a ‘Read & Publish’ transition pilot spanning all Portland Press journals over 2020 and 2021.

Portland Press publishes seven journals. Two are fully open access (OA) titles, with one of these currently sustained by article publishing charges (APCs) at an article-by-article level; in addition, there are five hybrid journals where content is usually published behind a paywall, but authors may choose to pay an APC to have their article published OA.

Building on the principles announced in their Open Scholarship position statement (October 2019), the transformative Read & Publish agreement, co-developed between Portland Press and Jisc, is all-inclusive in nature, offering researchers at participating institutions access to all paywalled content from 2018 onwards, as well as unlimited, APC-free OA publishing across all seven journals (five hybrid and two fully OA journals).

With tailored fees based on respective institutions’ historical APC and subscription spends, this agreement with Jisc represents a cost-neutral Read & Publish offering that will convert all outputs in 2020 and 2021 from corresponding authors based at participating institutions to OA as a default.

Working alongside researchers, institutions, and funders, the Biochemical Society and Portland Press are committed to sustainably transitioning from paywalled research to full OA publishing, evolving policies and practices in line with the changing needs of researchers. This agreement represents a positive step towards a more ‘open’ scholarly future for the UK’s academic community.

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