Max Planck to publish 100% open access with the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2017 and 2018
We have signed a new ‘Read & Publish’ agreement with the Max Planck Digital Library in Germany, under which corresponding authors from the Max Planck Institutes will be able to publish open access in all hybrid Royal Society of Chemistry journals. At the same time the agreement grants all Max Planck researchers access to all our journal content.
The agreement represents a move away from traditional subscription models, and will greatly reduce the administrative burden on the institution.
"As a not-for-profit publisher of high-quality chemical science content, our aim is to sustainably disseminate high-quality chemistry research and information", explains Dan Dyer, Commercial Director at the Royal Society of Chemistry.
He continues: "As part of our commitment to sustainable open access publishing, we are working with individual institutions to agree content deals specific to their needs. We are therefore very pleased to sign this new agreement with the Max Planck Institutes, to support them towards their open access goals."
Dr Emma Wilson, Director of Publishing at the Royal Society of Chemistry, adds: "We will also be working with Max Planck on our services and workflows, improving the efficiency of open access publishing and paving the way for other institutions and authors to benefit from Read & Publish deals in the future."
"We regard this new agreement with the Royal Society of Chemistry as another practical step in the transition from subscription to open access as envisioned in the OA2020 initiative," says Dr Ralf Schimmer, Head of Information at the Max Planck Digital Library. "With this new approach we shift our payments and workflows in a way to make open access the default of publishing for our researchers."
The agreement is the latest in a series of initiatives by the Royal Society of Chemistry to support the transition to open access in line with the Wellcome Trust’s requirements, minimising the burden on authors who wish to publish open access, and on academic institutions such as Max Planck that want to promote open access or have an open access mandate.
The Max Planck Digital Library have published information for their authors and researchers on their website.
Max Planck Digital Library
The Max Planck Digital Library (MPDL) in Munich is a central unit of the Max Planck Society that supports scientists from all Max Planck Institutes with a broad portfolio of services in the fields of information provision, publication support and research data management. The MPDL and its predecessors have featured as one of Europe's largest purchasers of scientific information for more than 10 years. Being host of the international initiative “Open Access 2020”, MPDL strongly supports the transition of the current subscription model to open access.
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