A growing community
Stephen Rumbelow, Royal Society of Chemistry Director of Sales & Marketing, says: "We are proud to have added another important international partner through this Read & Publish agreement with KAUST, not least as this means we can continue our support for the Saudi research community. It is encouraging that they have chosen to join over 80 institutions from ten other countries who have adopted this approach.
"Our longer-term goal is to make the wider chemistry community’s transition to OA smooth, fair and sustainable, with no compromise to quality or to ethical standards. There are clear benefits to publishing open access, as articles published OA in Royal Society of Chemistry journals are downloaded 97% more often than non-OA work, increasing reach and potential citations for their cutting-edge research."
J. K. Vijayakumar, Library Director at KAUST said: "We are proud to demonstrate our commitment to open access through the first open access policy in the Middle East and will continue our efforts to align with global Open Access initiatives. Through a combination of transformative agreements and research repository services, we strive to ensure our research articles on world-leading scientific advances are available to all."