An extensive report on open access to research publications has been released by Professor Adam Tickell, Chair of the Universities UK Open Access Coordination Group. An official letter in response to the report from the UK Minister for Universities and Science Jo Johnson, MP, was released concurrently.
The report recognizes the significant progress that UK publishers and the research community have made to deliver open access in the UK. Portland Press welcomes Tickell’s recognition of the role of Learned Society publishers in maintaining “a thriving research ecosystem.”
"It’s heartening that this report is in line with Portland Press Ltd's thinking, ethos and operations,” commented Professor Richard Reece, Chair of the Portland Press Ltd Board.
“Our publishing activities support researchers by providing a variety of channels to disseminate their work both open access and subscription-based. Moreover, the income from these activities is fed directly back into the research community through the work of the Biochemical Society. This relationship means that we, as a publisher wholly-owned by a Society are able to better understand and meet the needs of the scientific community,” he added.
A recommendation of the report was wider adoption of the San Francisco Declaration on Research, which is something we support and of which we are a signatory. Portland Press also supports Access to Research, a scheme that allows individuals in the UK to access all of our journal content for free through their local library portals.
The report notes the advantages of Gold Open Access, but at the same time acknowledges the validity of Green Open Access routes. Green Open Access involves authors’ accepted manuscripts being added to a research repository after a set time period (normally 6-12 months), while the publisher-maintained version of record remains available to subscribers. The report also calls for better value for higher education institutions in the face of Gold Open Access – something that we at Portland Press do through uniformly applied discounts for Journal subscribers.
Tickell proposes development of agreed service standards around Gold Open Access. At Portland Press we are working to reduce the administrative burden for higher education institutions associated with Gold open access payment processing. We aim also to improve communication with all our authors about the open access options that are available via our journals. More information on our Open Access Policy can be found on our website.
Tickell’s report comments on the advantages of having diversity in the publishing market. At Portland Press we are proud of our status as a Society-owned publisher that is focused on the needs of the life science community, and also of the work we support through the Biochemical Society.
The report recognizes the UK’s success in supporting the circulation of scholarly information, and supporting researchers to share their research for the advancement of science. This is in line with our strategy at Portland Press where we support researchers internationally to share research in the way that they want or need to. We look forward to ongoing work, collaboration and dialogue with authors, with universities and with the research community, globally, to ensure that Portland Press continues to play a positive role in supporting open access.
More information about Portland Press Ltd and the journals it publishes can be found on the company website.