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Expanding access to published research findings – the Finch Group

Published on 19 June 2013


Biochemical Society and Portland Press Ltd welcome and support the recommendations of the Finch Report into expanding access to research publications in the UK. We are committed to exploring all ways of broadening access to and dissemination of research, including Gold Open Access, licensing extensions, and making subscription content freely available after appropriate embargo periods.


Caroline Black, Managing Director of Portland Press Ltd said, “We urge funders, universities and government to ensure that appropriate funds and budgetary workflows are available to support open access publishing on a sustainable basis. This will help ensure that the Society can uphold its international presence and services to the molecular bioscience community, and that Portland Press Ltd can continue to work with the Society in sharing high quality reports of research outputs.


“We support funded open access as part of a package of measures to extend access to research, with a mixed economy likely to persist for a number of years; we therefore urge funders not to require embargo periods of less than 12 months, to minimize the risks to the society’s subscription journals.


“We particularly welcome the collaboration between funders, research institutions, publishers and government that has produced the conclusions in the Finch Report.”


Portland Press Ltd currently publishes two Gold Open Access journals, Bioscience Reports and ASN NEURO (on behalf of the American Society for Neurochemistry). All our subscription journals also offer authors a Gold Open Access option.