Earlier this Spring, Oxford University Press inaugurated a change in their article charge paradigm for those wanting to publish in the Journal of Experimental Botany: The article charge fee for publishing in an open access mode is now waived for authors who are at institutions that subscribe to the journal -- such as the University of Illinois!
In addition, once your article is published in JEB, you will be allowed to immediately deposit a pdf of the article into IDEALS, our institutional archive of productivity.
ps -- As of 2007, members of the Am Soc Plant Biol may publish their Plant Physiology articles in an open access mode for free, too!
Studies are showing that articles that are available for free (open access) on the web are downloaded and cited more often. This means if your article is available in an open access mode, it will reach a wider audience. For example, many folks are using Google Scholar to find articles located author websites, publisher sites, as well as institutional archives such as IDEALS. These folks will find and be able to read your articles more readily!
Not interested in publishing in the J Exp Botany, but still want to provide wider access to your articles without paying extra for open access? There are several options!
Many publishers will allow you to post the post-review (but usually not the publisher's pdf) version of articles on your university digital archive [IDEALS}. You can even do this for older articles that perhaps would not be available electronically otherwise! Check the Sherpa/Romeo database to find out what the policies of your publisher are.
If you're getting ready to submit an article, don't just sign away all your rights by signing the Copyright Agreement form! Consider submitting a Copyright Addendum that reserves some rights for yourself -- you ARE the author, after all! The University Senate recently endorsed the CIC Copyright Addendum for use by U of Illinois authors.
Questions? Drop me a line!
-- Katie Newman, Scholarly Communication Officer and Biotechnology Librarian
Posted by Katie Newman at July 3, 2007 12:53 PM