The Taylor and Francis Group, one of the major players in publishing scholarly journals, in a press release dated October 28th announced that they would be introducing a "range of new Open Access journals." The full press release is below:
Press Release - Taylor & Francis Group widens Open Access offerings
Oxford, 28th October 2011
Taylor & Francis Group is marking Open Access week by announcing a range of new Open Access
journals and an enhancement of their current Open Access programme for 2012. These initiatives
will encompass publications from across the range of science, social and behavioral sciences and
Taylor & Francis’ current iOpenAccess option will be renamed for 2012 as Taylor & Francis Open
Select, and will continue to give authors and their sponsors the option of making their articles
available on Open Acess to all for a publication fee. This initiative has been running since 2006 and
currently encompasses 500 titles from across Taylor & Francis Group’s extensive portfolio.
In addition, three cutting-edge titles currently available on a subscription basis will be converted to
full Open Access for 2012. The digital archives of these titles will also be made Open Access. These
titles – Green Chemistry Letters and Reviews, Journal of Biological Dynamics, Smart and Nano
Materials – publish significant research in their fields and have author communities with a strong
interest in publishing research in an Open Access model.
And what’s new?
Taylor & Francis will also be launching Taylor & Francis Open. This initiative will cover all our fully
Open Access titles. One important part of this initiative is a new series of fully Open Access titles
from 2012 in major subject areas. These titles will offer rapid online publication of methodologically
sound research which will be subject to rigorous peer review. The journals will have affordable
article publication fees, with discounts or fee waivers for emergent countries. The initiative will also
involve collaboration with leading journals within T&F’s existing portfolio, along with support from
learned societies and internationally acclaimed editors, ensuring the quality of these titles.
Commenting on this initiative, Professor Nick Quirke, Editor of the journals Molecular Simulation
and Journal of Experimental Nanoscience, stated, “The new open access suite of journals being
offered in Taylor & Francis Open will allow universal access to high quality academic literature,
opening it up to all of the scientific community to benefit from the research.”
Details of these titles, their supporting journals and their editors will be released in the coming
weeks, so watch this space for more information.
In addition to these broad-spectrum titles, Taylor & Francis will also:
launch Journal of Organic Semiconductors on a full Open Access basis for 2012;
launch a major new financial economics title on a full Open Access basis for 2012;
announce in the next month a publishing partnership with an established major health and
social care full Open Access title;
continue our publishing partnership with Kotuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences
Online, an established fully Open Access journal currently published under the Routledge
imprint in cooperation with the Royal Society of New Zealand.
Dr David Green, Global Journals Publishing Director, sums up Taylor & Francis’ new approaches to
Open Access, “Taylor & Francis is committed to producing high-calibre journals that showcase
quality global research. We believe that this content should be widely disseminated and are now
exploring various Open Access business models to enable universal access in ways that are
sustainable and meet the needs of the research communities we serve. We feel the time is right to
increase the scope of our Open Access offerings to sit alongside the cost-effective subscription and
licensing options we offer to libraries. Over the past three years society journals have been
partnering with Taylor & Francis Group at the rate of more than one per week, and, if required, we
are now able to offer a potential partner a range of Open Access business models where there is real
author demand and we can ensure viability and sustainability”.