Cogent – New Open Access publisher aims to build more connected communities

    Cogent OA – an innovative new Open Access publisher – launched today. Cogent OA is backed by Taylor & Francis Group – a major global publisher with over 200 years experience.

    Cogent OA brings a new impetus to Open Access publishing – building on established processes that the research community values, but adding new ideas to create more connected content and communities.

    “Open Access is well established in many disciplines now,” said Bryan Vickery, Director at Cogent OA, “and the debate is really accelerating Open Access in the Social Sciences and Humanities”.

    Cogent OA will publish original research in diverse fields by creating a series of publications, launching late 2013. Initial titles include:

    Cogent Behavioral Sciences
    Cogent Biology
    Cogent Engineering
    Cogent Education
    Cogent Arts & Humanities
    Cogent Medicine
    Cogent Physics

    “We’re developing a series of Open Access publications, with authors at the heart of everything we do, to demonstrate the connections both within and across subject areas. We’re excited about the opportunities of building on this open content to enhance article reach and impact. That’s why we’ve launched Cogent OA – to spearhead the next wave of developments in scholarly communications and create interactive and engaged communities around research content,” said Vickery.

    Each Cogent OA title will offer the highest standards of peer review and online presentation. Every article published will be immediately made freely available online, with publication costs covered by an article publishing charge. Cogent OA’s publications are just the beginning – Innovative new services will follow to help join together research ideas, aid discoverability and inspire authors and readers to find unexpected connections.

    As part of the Taylor & Francis Group, Cogent OA benefits from the resources and experiences of a major publisher, but otherwise operates autonomously.

    “We have assembled a strong independently minded team for the launch of Cogent OA and are providing them with the support and infrastructure they need to re-think Open Access publishing” commented Ian Bannerman, Managing Director of the Journal Division at Taylor & Francis. “This bold initiative will both complement and invigorate the existing strengths of Taylor & Francis Group and I am excited about where this might take us.”