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Experiences with an Open Access Journal. Professor Jerry Roberts Head of Biosciences Editor-in-Chief Journal of Experimental Botany. Journal of Experimental Botany. First published in 1950 Institutional subscriptions ~ >600 Impact Factor in 2007 ~ 3.6 Open Access option since July 2004

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Experiences with an Open Access Journal

Professor Jerry Roberts

Head of Biosciences

Editor-in-Chief

Journal of Experimental Botany


Journal of Experimental Botany

  • First published in 1950

  • Institutional subscriptions ~ >600

  • Impact Factor in 2007 ~ 3.6

  • Open Access option since July 2004

    (The first plant sciences journal to offer authors the opportunity to publish under OA)


Opportunities for publishing under Open Access

Journal perspective:

  • Boosts Impact Factor

  • Attracts the best authors

  • Politically correct


Opportunities for publishing under Open Access

Author perspective:

  • Boosts citations

  • Accommodates requirements of funding agency

  • Politically correct


Threats for publishing under Open Access

Journal perspective:

  • Reduced number of institutional subscribers

  • Reduced subscription cost

  • Reduced revenue leading to journal closure


Threats for publishing under Open Access

Author perspective:

  • Costs of publishing (to author) increased

  • Learned Societies lose critical revenue stream

  • Reduced journal outlets for publication


JXB Open Access Experiment

Commenced in 2004:

  • Open Access publication ~ £250

  • UK authors free ~ funded through a grant from Joint Information System Committee of the UK (JISC)

Approximately 29% Open Access publications 2004-2006


Countries of non UK Open Access authors (2004-6)

ArgentinaCanadaGermany

AustraliaChinaGreece

BelgiumCzech RepubIndia

BrazilFranceItaly

Japan*SloveniaTaiwan

NetherlandsSpainUSA*

NorwaySweden

PortugalSwitzerland

* >35% of total


Downloads of Open Access vs Non Open Access papers

Full text of Open Access papers gets downloaded more than Non Open Access papers (per Abstract)

July 04 – Sept 06

1-2 2-3 3-4 4-5 5-6 6-7 7-8 8-9

Full text downloads per Abstract downloads


Citations of Open Access vs Non Open Access papers

Average citation per paper:

Non Open Access ~ 1.7

Open Access ~ 1.9

(12% increase)

July 04 – Sept 06

1 2 3 4 5 6-7 8-9 10-11

Number of citations


JXB 2007 - A sustainable model for Open Access

Launched in April 2007

  • Corresponding authors whose institutions have a subscription to the journal can publish Open Access for free

  • Authors whose institutions do not have a subscription to the journal can publish Open Access for £1500

  • Some material remains under subscription control (eg. Reviews)


JXB 2007 - A sustainable model for Open Access

Challenges of model

  • Time consuming as institutional addresses of all corresponding authors have to be checked for subscriptions

  • Up to 70% of papers may become Open Access and librarians may expect a reduced subscription cost as a consequence

  • Plan B if Plan A fails????


JXB 2007 - A sustainable model for Open Access

Opportunities presented by the model

  • Identification of non-subscribing institutions and encouragement to re-engage with authors and librarians

  • Identification of novel publishable material (teaching aids/large data sets/techniques information etc) to remain under subscription control


Conclusions

  • Open Access is going to become increasingly important to funding agencies and authors

  • Journals (publishers) will have to develop a sustainable model to accommodate Open Access

  • Funding agencies/Institutions will have to provide resources to support Open Access


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