Read & Publish agreement confirmed between The Company of Biologists and EIFL
From Albania to Zimbabwe, researchers in 30 developing countries and countries with economies in transition can benefit from immediate and free open access publication in the subscription journals of The Company of Biologists following a Read & Publish agreement with Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL).
This historic agreement runs until December 31, 2023, and institutional members of EIFL partner library consortia in eligible countries can participate for free.
Researchers in eligible countries will be able to publish an unlimited number of open access research articles in Development, Journal of Cell Science, and Journal of Experimental Biology without paying an Article Processing Fee (APC). They will also have free and unlimited access to journals and their archives dating back to 1853.
“This agreement is an important step in making the transition to Open Access fairer,” said Romy Beard, EIFL licensing program manager. “We are pleased to partner with The Company of Biologists to enable free open access publication in their three hybrid journals. We are also pleased that The Company of Biologists is able to provide automatic author recognition, thereby eliminating the need for authors to actively claim an APC Waiver. “
“The Society of Biologists has been committed to Open Access for over 15 years and we were one of the first nonprofit publishers to launch a cost neutral reading and publishing initiative. We are delighted that more than 200 institutions in 17 countries are. are already involved, but it is also very important to us that the benefits of the Read & Publish agreements are made available to researchers in developing countries and countries with economies in transition, ”says Claire Moulton, editor of The Company of Biologists.
“As a result, we are very excited about our deal with EIFL. By removing financial barriers to accessing content and immediately publishing articles in Open Access, it offers the opportunity to further democratize science.”
“Our mission is to advance excellence in the biological and biomedical sciences around the world and we believe that the immediate and free availability of high-quality research helps us achieve this,” said Richard Grove, Commercial Director of The Company of Biologists. “We look forward to working closely with EIFL and EIFL’s partner library consortia to publicize this new agreement and encourage open access article submissions from corresponding authors in 30 developing and transition countries.”
More information on our agreement with EIFL can be found here.
A list of eligible countries is available here.
EIFL (Electronic Information for Libraries) is a non-profit organization that works with libraries to enable access to knowledge in developing and transition countries in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe and Latin America.
EIFL operates a number of programs to provide access to knowledge for education, learning, research and sustainable community development. This includes negotiating agreements with publishers to ensure affordable access to electronic resources as well as open access publishing conditions on behalf of libraries and authors in EIFL partner countries.
About the Society of Biologists
The Company of Biologists is a non-profit publishing organization dedicated to supporting and inspiring the organic community. We partner with libraries and library consortia to provide biologists around the world with access to our leading peer-reviewed journals: Development, Journal of Cell Science, and Journal of Experimental Biology. We also publish two fully open access journals – Disease Models & Mechanisms and Biology Open.
We have been engaged in Open Access (OA) for over 16 years. Our cost-neutral Read & Publish OA initiative is the final stop on our open access journey and more than 200 institutions in 17 countries, five library consortia and an international library organization are now participating.
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