Jisc and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press Enter an Innovative Read-and-Publish Agreement

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Jisc and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press (CSHL Press) today announce an agreement that provides faculty in participating Jisc institutions with unlimited, open-access publication of accepted research manuscripts as well as full reading access to the complete collection of renowned CSHL Press journals. The journals are Genes & Development, Genome Research, RNA, Learning & Memory, Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Biology, Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine, and Cold Spring Harbor Protocols.

“A sustainable path to open publication of biomedical research is a long-sought objective among the many science communication initiatives at Cold Spring Harbor” said Dr John Inglis, Executive Director and Publisher of CSHL Press. “Our collaboration with Jisc provides a model for any research-intensive institution whose scientists wish to make their articles openly available in these long-established, prestigious, not-for-profit journals.

Benefits for key stakeholders in this innovative new agreement include:

  • Institutions: Participating Jisc member institutions receive unlimited access to all content published in CSHL Press research and review journals  – the “Cold Spring Harbor Collection” (seven titles)
  • Authors: Research articles with corresponding authors affiliated with participating institutions are published immediately as open access under a CC-BY license and directly deposited to PubMed Central (PMC)
  • Publisher: establishes a sustainable business model for transitioning subscription-based research journals to open access while maintaining their high editorial standards
  • Funders: aligns four journals that are respected and highly valued by their research communities with open access publication mandates placed on recipients of financial support

“We are delighted to offer this new transitional agreement with CSHL Press to our members,” commented Kathryn Spiller, licensing manager at Jisc, “This collaboration with a leading, independent not-for-profit US publisher represents a new model that combines read access to highly valued subscription-only content with open access publishing in high quality journals, all for a fixed fee.”

Jisc members can find full details for their participation in the new CSHLP agreement online at the Jisc licence subscriptions manager portal:  https://subscriptionsmanager.jisc.ac.uk/catalogue/2518