Another year, another Open Access Week. Here at the Royal Society, we’re committed to the widest possible dissemination of research in order to foster innovation and to engage the public in the latest scientific advances.
This year, we’ve been celebrating 350 years of scientific publishing and, as well as reflecting on our past, we’ve been looking forwards to consider the future of scholarly communication. Open access was one of the reoccurring themes that cropped up during our recent series of #FSSC debates on the shape of things to come, suggesting that open access – in one form or another – is here to stay. To commemorate both our big anniversary and Open Access Week, we’re pleased to announce that all Royal Society journal content is free to access until 30 November 2015.
It’s already been a year since the Royal Society launched its second open access journal, Royal Society Open Science. The journal covers the whole of science, engineering and mathematics, and operates an objective peer review model. It’s also the first journal in our portfolio to offer and promote open peer review, as we feel that publishing reviewer comments alongside the article can help to encourage discussion (also helped by our commenting module, Disqus) and increase the transparency of the review process. In addition, all data supporting claims made in the papers must be made publicly available. Open data can help to promote new research as well as fuel cross-disciplinary work; it also increases the transparency of the research and should allow all interested parties to repeat published experiments.
Since the launch of Royal Society Open Science, we haven’t been resting on our laurels… In the last 12 months, we’ve been working on streamlining the publishing process for open access authors, funders and institutions. We signed up to CHORUS, have started depositing FundRef article data, and implemented a Prepay Open Access Membership model. Keep an eye out for future blog posts with more information about these exciting developments.
For now, we hope you enjoy unrestricted access to the Royal Society’s journals. When our free content period ends, you can find all of our open access research across our journals here.