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UK and US groups announce new initiatives on open access publishing

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 12 May 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:1104
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

    Two major groups, Oxford Journals and the Berkeley branch of the Academic Senate of the University of California, announced plans this week to encourage new open access publishing practices.

    Oxford Journals, a division of Oxford University Press, the world's largest university press, announced that from July 2005 it will offer an optional author-pays model to authors who have papers accepted by a range of its journals.

    The new system, Oxford Open, will give authors who have had manuscripts accepted the option to pay for their research articles to be made freely available online immediately on publication. The open access charge will be £1500 ($2800; €2200) for each article. Authors who do not want to pay will have their article published in one of the Oxford journals in the usual way.

    Oxford Open is similar to the open access online system developed by the publishers Springer, Open Choice, which allows authors of journal articles to pay a basic fee …

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