Royal Society of Chemistry and CzechELib consortium sign first unlimited Open Access agreement in the Czech Republic
The Royal Society of Chemistry has signed a new Read & Publish agreement with CzechELib consortium, a department of the Czech Republic’s National Library of Technology.
The three-year agreement will provide CzechELib member institutions access to view and publish in the complete portfolio of Royal Society of Chemistry journals, both hybrid and gold OA, without any limits.
As with all new transformative agreements of this type, it represents a move away from traditional subscription models, combining reading and open access publishing. Researchers at participating institutions can also benefit from fast publication times, a reduced financial and administrative burden when publishing, and a substantial boost to their own profiles as scientists.
Royal Society of Chemistry Chief Operating Officer, Paul Lewis said: "We welcome the CzechELib consortium to our growing Read & Publish community around the world. This partnership is another important step in ensuring that high quality research is as accessible as possible to researchers everywhere and further underlines our commitment to Open Access and supporting cutting-edge chemical science research.”
Jiri Jirat, Head of the CzechELib National Centre, said: “We’re thrilled to enter this new agreement with Royal Society of Chemistry, as this is one of the top learned society publishers where authors from Czech chemistry community publish. We’re extremely satisfied with the convenient setup for Open Access publishing we have reached with RSC and we hope that this will have positive impact on all our member institutions - including for example University of Chemistry and Technology Prague, which is one of the top three Czech institutions when it comes to publishing with RSC”.
Pavel Matejka, rector of the University of Chemistry and Technology Prague, added: “We are proud that the authors from our university can publish without limitation in RSC both OA and hybrid journals. It is an opportunity to improve the visibility of excellent research performed at UCT Prague”.
The Royal Society of Chemistry would like to thank their agent Albertina icome Praha for their hard work and support in reaching this new agreement in the Czech Republic.
What is Read & Publish?
It’s an alternative to the traditional subscription model. It helps both authors and institutions gradually tip the balance of their publishing output towards open access, making the process easier and more financially viable.
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