Brussels, 09 May 2005
Oxford Journals, a division of Oxford University Press that publishes over 180 scientific and other titles, is to pilot a new open access scheme based on an optional author-pays model.
Starting in July 2005, the 'Oxford Open' scheme will give authors of accepted papers the option to pay for their article to be made freely available online immediately following publication. The charge for each article will be between 1,200 and 2,200 euro, although there will a discount of nearly 50 per cent for institutions with an online subscription, as well as authors from developing countries.
In addition, Oxford Journals has announced that authors will be entitled to upload their published articles to institutional or centralised websites a year after original publication in the journal.
'Oxford Open is a logical extension to our current Open Access experiments, and will allow us to collect valuable first-hand data on the demand for Open Access by authors across a broad range of subjects,' said Oxford Journals' Managing Director Martin Richardson.
'It also offers research funders a choice as to how quickly they wish the research results they fund to be made freely available online, without undermining the current business models [of] high-quality peer-reviewed journals,' he added.
The titles published by Oxford Journals cover a broad range of subject areas, and two-thirds are produced in collaboration with learned societies and other international organisations. The Oxford Journals family includes some of the world's most prestigious titles, such as Nucleic Acids Research, the Journal of the National Cancer Institute (JNCI), and the European Heart Journal.