Verrrryy interesting … Nature, APS to launch open access journals

The times they are a-changin’!

In recent news, two new journals have been launched onto the scientific publishing landscape.   Nature Publishing Group (NPG) just announced Scientific Reports, which will publish research covering the natural sciences, — biology, chemistry, earth sciences and physics.   Scientific Reports is accepting submissions and will publish its first articles in June 2011.

And last week, the American Physical Society (APS) announced Physical Review X (PRX), an online, open access, primary research journal for authors in all fields of physics.

Both journals will be online, open access, rigorously peer-reviewed publications — following the pioneering model of PLoS ONE, the open-access primary research journal published by the Public Library of Science (PLoS).  Under this model, articles are published under a Creative Commons Attribution License (CCAL); authors retain ownership of the copyright for their article, but authors allow anyone to download, reuse, reprint, modify, distribute, and/or copy articles in PLoS journals, so long as the original authors and source are cited. No permission is required from the authors or the publishers.

How are these journals funded, you may ask?   All three of these open access journals require authors of accepted manuscripts to pay an article-processing charge (APC) of $1,350 to cover the costs of peer review, editing and production, hosting, and archiving.   For Dartmouth authors, this fee can be covered by the Compact for Open Access Publishing Equity (COPE) – an initiative backed by the Dartmouth Library and the Office of the Provost that pays the fees charged to authors to publish in journals which make all the articles in that journal openly available.

Dartmouth was one of the original five members of the COPE initiative in September 2009, along with Cornell, Harvard, MIT, and UC Berkeley.   Just sayin’.

For more information:
Nature Announces Scientific Reports
APS’s Newest Journal
PLoS ONE Journal Information
Creative Commons
Information on COPE Funding at Dartmouth
The Chronicle of Higher Education on the COPE Initiative

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