Jisc and the Royal Society of Chemistry sign new transitional open access agreement

Jisc and the Royal Society of Chemistry have extended and revised their transformative agreement until the end of 2024. Now utilising all previous expenditure to support open access (OA) publications, the deal covers all expected publishing output in the Royal Society of Chemistry’s hybrid journals portfolio.

Rapidly increasing OA publishing in the UK and offering full funder compliance, the deal means that authors at qualifying institutions can make articles publicly available in the society’s hybrid portfolio at no cost to them.

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 profile as a scientist.

Paul Lewis, chief operating officer at the Royal Society of Chemistry, said: “Supporting our valued community in the UK with a transitional publishing model is an important stepping-stone on the journey to open access, so I welcome the extension of the agreement with Jisc and the institutions it represents. More than ever, we need science to deliver solutions to the global challenges we all face, so I am proud to see the RSC play its part in supporting OA publishing and empowering UK scientists to showcase their cutting-edge research to a global audience.”

Emma Wilson, Royal Society of Chemistry director of publishing, said: “The relationships we have with our publishing community in the UK are integral to our purpose as an organisation, so I am enormously pleased to be extending the agreement with Jisc. We know that our transformative approach supports both individual researchers and the world-leading institutions where they work, so this is an important step forward.”

Anna Vernon, head of portfolio, content licensing, Jisc, said: “This agreement builds on our work to support institutions and research funders in a rapid and cost-effective transition to open access. We are very pleased to have extended our OA agreement with the Royal Society of Chemistry, which means that all UK authored research in RSC’s hybrid journals will be published OA from 1 January 2022. 

“This, combined with the fact that OA articles are used and cited more, means even greater reach and impact for UK researchers and the chemical sciences.”