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7 April 2014

Portland Press Ltd to move to the HighWire Open Platform

Portland Press Limited has signed an agreement to move its sector-leading journals, including the Biochemical Journal, Clinical Science and Bioscience Reports, to the HighWire Open Platform.

The new journal sites will see more than 10,000 pages of research published annually and a catalogue of papers dating back 100 years hosted on HighWire by mid-2015.

"After careful analysis, HighWire was identified as the best platform to take our journals forward," says Kate Baillie, Managing Director of Portland Press Ltd and Chief Executive of the Biochemical Society, the not-for-profit owner of Portland Press Ltd."

"HighWire is at the forefront of digital scholarly publishing, with many leading journals in the life sciences relying on its community-based strengths and its track record for innovation and technological support. Our new sites will benefit from this support and will allow us to deliver a modern platform for our readers, authors and subscribers.

"For our readers it will be easier to find, read, share and explore our authoritative catalogue of papers, while authors that publish with us will benefit from greater discoverability of their work."

Some of the benefits the HighWire Open Platform will provide include:

  • A flexible publishing platform designed to adapt to the latest advances in online publishing.
  • Support of key industry standards, such as CrossMark, FundRef, COUNTER and ORCID.
  • Improved article discoverability and integration with services such as Google Scholar, PubMed and Web of Science.
  • Inter-journal linking that will allow subscribers access to cited references and sources from other HighWire-hosted journal articles.

"Since the Biochemical Journal began over 100 years ago, Portland Press Ltd's publications have gone from strength-to-strength while adapting to technology changes," notes Tom Rump, Managing Director of HighWire. "Moving their online content to HighWire is a natural evolution for the company, taking advantage of our cutting-edge technology in a fast-changing world."

The agreement will see all journals published by Portland Press Ltd move to HighWire by mid-2015, including the Biochemical Journal, Biochemical Society Transactions, Bioscience Reports and Clinical Science.

Ms Baillie says the agreement will also benefit clients of Portland Customer Services, a division of Portland Press Ltd. Under the agreement, Portland Customer Services can provide its clients hosting services, as part of the range of membership, fulfilment and support services they offer to learned societies, professional associations and the publishing industry.

"With our publishing expertise and HighWire's feature-rich platform, this agreement will allow us to deliver even better journal services to learned societies and publishers. The surplus from the sale of our publications and services are returned to the global scientific community via the activity of the Biochemical Society," says Ms Baillie.

3 February 2014

Access to scientific and academic research now available at UK Public Libraries

The Biochemical Society and Portland Press Limited are pleased to announce their participation in the Access to Research initiative, providing free licensed access to over a quarter of a million journal articles and conference proceedings through participating UK libraries.

Through Portland Press Limited, the Society's wholly-owned publishing subsidiary, the Biochemical Journal, Clinical Science and Biochemical Society Transactions have joined over 3000 peer-reviewed journals included in the initiative.

Access to Research is the result of a unique collaboration between publishers and public libraries, under the leadership of the Publishers Licensing Society, and was launched in response to the Finch Report, 'Accessibility, Sustainability, Excellence: How to expand access to research'. The Finch Report recommended that the major subscription publishers should grant public libraries a licence to provide free-access to peer-reviewed journals and conference proceeding.

Commenting on the Access to Research initiative Niamh O'Connor, Head of Publishing, Portland Press Limited, said: "Through Portland Press Limited's support of the Access to Research initiative we are seeking to ensure that we maximise the accessibility of articles published in our journals, while ensuring the long-term sustainability of scholarly publishing activities."

All public libraries throughout the UK are being encouraged to participate in the two-year pilot through their local authorities. For more information on the Access to Research initiative, or to find a participating public library, visit www.accesstoresearch.org.uk or Tweet on #AccesstoResearch

5 December 2013

Biochemical Society Transactions: 40 years of high-quality mini-reviews

In 2013, Biochemical Society Transactions reached 40 years of publication. To celebrate this, we have selected one paper from each year since the journal was created in 1973 that reflect the wealth of high-quality mini-reviews that exists in its extensive archive. This collection includes contributions from notable scientists and highly cited papers and represents just a small flavour of the diverse topics that have been reviewed in the journal following presentations at the Biochemical Society's meetings over the years.

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21 October 2013

Open Access Week: 21 - 27 October 2013

Open Access Week, a global event now entering its sixth year, is an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of open access. To celebrate, the Biochemical Society and Portland Press limited have commissioned a series of articles exploring some of the keys issues surrounding the subject.

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9 October 2013

New Biochemical Society Transactions Honorary Editor Announced

The Biochemical Society and Portland Press Limited are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Colin Bingle (University of Sheffield, UK) as the new Honorary Editor of Biochemical Society Transactions, with effect from 1 November 2013.

Dr Bingle will be familiar to readers of the Journal and Biochemical Society members not only as a leading researcher in lung epithelial cell biology but also as the current Chair of the Society's Biological Systems Theme Panel.

Dr Colin Bingle said, 'I am delighted to be taking on this position with Biochemical Society Transactions at this time. Since having first published in the journal as a graduate student nearly 25 years ago, I have always appreciated the way in which the journal has captured the best of the science that the Biochemical Society meetings programme has delivered. I hope to build on the excellent work undertaken by David Richardson during his tenure as Honorary Editor and look forward to the challenges ahead"

Professor Richard Reece (University of Manchester, UK), Chair of the Portland Press Board, said, 'I am delighted that we have appointed Colin as the new Honorary Editor of Biochemical Society Transactions. It demonstrates the exciting future of the Journal that we have been able to recruit such a high-calibre candidate to the position, as we seek to grow and develop the journal alongside the Society's vibrant events programme.'

Biochemical Society Transactions has been published for over 40 years and captures the exciting science presented at the Biochemical Society Annual Symposium, Focused Meetings and Independent Meetings supported by the Society as a series of mini-reviews.

9 AUGUST 2013

Biochemical Society, Portland Press Limited and Portland Customer Services announce two key appointments

The Biochemical Society and its wholly owned trading subsidiary, Portland Press Limited is pleased to announce the appointment of Kathy Law as Business Development Manager and Dr Niamh O'Connor as Head of Publishing.

Kathy brings with her over 14 years’ experience of working in the publishing and business development industry selling both services and solutions. A leading figure in the industry Kathy has worked for organisations including HighWire and Macmillan and will now share her expertise developing opportunities and services for the Biochemical Society's trading arm.

Dr Niamh O'Connor is currently a Publisher at the Royal Society of Chemistry, with a strong background in establishing new titles. Niamh undertook her BSc in Chemistry and PhD in Organometallic Chemistry.

Kate Baillie (Chief Executive, Biochemical Society) commented "I am delighted that we have been fortunate to recruit such excellent candidates to these important positions. Kathy and Niamh bring with them a wealth of experience that will help the Society, Portland Press Limited and Portland Customer Services as we seek to grow and develop."

20 JUNE 2013

New Impact Factors Reflect Quality of Portland Press journals

Portland Press Limited is delighted to announce that Clinical Science has received its highest ever Impact Factor of 4.859 in the 2012 Journal Citation Reports (© Thomson Reuters) released this week. In the top quartile of the ISI Medicine (Research & Experimental) category, Clinical Science is now ranked 17 out of 121.

Rhian Touyz, Editor-in-Chief of Clinical Science, said "I'm delighted with the new Impact Factor which reflects the high-quality papers at the interface between discovery science and clinical research that we publish. Thanks to all our authors for their support in submitting their outstanding research to Clinical Science, which has contributed to the excellence of our journal".

The Impact Factor for the Biochemical Journal remained stable at 4.654, maintaining its position in the top quartile of the ISI Biochemistry and Molecular Biology category. For the first time its 5-year Impact Factor has risen above 5 to 5.017.

ASN NEURO, our peer-reviewed open access journal published on behalf of the American Society for Neurochemistry, saw its Impact Factor remain steady at 3.638 ensuring that it remains in the top third of Neuroscience journals listed in the JCR.

The Biochemical Society has recently signed the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment and shares the scientific community's frustration on the use of journal-level metrics such as the journal impact factor in evaluating individual or institutional research outputs or in making assumptions about the quality of single articles.

27 FEBRUARY 2013

First specialist bioscience journals to appear in Journal Usage Statistics Portal (JUSP)

The Portal provides a single point of access for journal usage statistics. JUSP initially focused on NESLi2 publishers but its remit has since been extended to include a wider range of publishers whose content is important to researchers in the UK's higher education community and now includes Portland Press Limited. The Portal uses the SUSHI (Standardized Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative) protocol to collect the COUNTER compliant statistics, which are then displayed to each institution in an easy to read way.

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18 FEBRUARY 2013


We are delighted to confirm we have recently signed an agreement with the Chinese National Science and Technology Library (NSTL) for country-wide online access to journals within their portfolio. Negotiations were facilitated by The Charlesworth Group who are leading agents for the licensing of content into major consortia in China.

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01 FEBRUARY 2013

Portland Press adopts Creative Commons Attribution Licence (CC-BY) for Open Access papers

Portland Press Limited (PPL), the wholly-owned trading subsidiary of the Biochemical Society, has today announced that it will invite authors to use the CC-BY (Creative Commons Attribution) licence for papers published in its two Gold Open Access journals ASN NEURO and Bioscience Reports. This allows authors to comply fully with recent changes in funding body policies.

This change in licensing arrangements also applies to papers published under the Opt2Pay (Gold Open Access) option in Portland Press's hybrid journals, which include the long-standing, core title the Biochemical Journal, Biochemical Society Transactions and the clinical research publication Clinical Science.

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28 JANUARY 2013


Portland Press Limited is pleased to announce that it has signed agreements with both CLOCKSS (Controlled LOCKSS - Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe) and Portico to ensure its e-journal content is deposited securely within these trusted dark-archives and preserved for future generations.

Caroline Black, Managing Director of Portland Press, said: "It is important as a society publisher that we can offer perpetual access to the research submitted to us through our journals and we are committed to ensuring the long-term accessibility of the research entrusted to our titles. Both the CLOCKSS and PORTICO initiatives enable us to guarantee the conservation of this content so that it can be securely archived and made widely available through academic institutions and recognized portals."

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22 November 2012

Portland Press Limited to relocate customer and client service operations to London

Portland Press Limited has announced that it will move its customer and client service operations, Portland Customer Services, along with its IT, marketing and sales operations, to its London headquarters from the current Colchester base by the end of 2013. This will allow the integration of these operations with the publishing, membership, conference and educational activities that are carried out in London.

This transition, together with other operational improvements, is designed to enhance and improve support for the organization’s valued clients, through an even more efficient, streamlined and cohesive service.

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October 2012

Journals and e-resources from Portland Press Limited

Portland Press Limited (PPL), the wholly-owned trading subsidiary of the Biochemical Society, is pleased to offer your faculty and students 24/7 access to a wealth of ground breaking original research and authoritative reviews in the biochemical, cellular and molecular biosciences. Our portfolio of products for 2013 is now available online and presents the most recent information on our journals and e-resources.

Portland Press offers a complete bespoke package service, which can be tailored to your specific requirements and seeks to offer a best-fit solution to enhance your molecular bioscience portfolio.

With flexible licensing options and newly digitized archives, we offer excellent value for money for institutions that need continual access to the highest quality, peer-reviewed journals online.

1 June 2012


For more than forty years, the exciting science presented at the Biochemical Society Annual Symposium, Focused Meetings and Society-supported Independent Meetings has been captured in Biochemical Society Transactions as a series of mini-reviews – the quality of the science is reflected in the Journal's current Impact Factor of 3.989. The Journal provides researchers with a timely snapshot of the latest developments across a range of topics in the cellular and molecular biosciences and is an essential teaching resource for undergraduate and postgraduate students.

The extensive Biochemical Society Transactions archive has been digitized and is available online to all members of the Biochemical Society and subscribers to the journal. The archive, which extends back to 1973, includes Medal Lectures from the many eminent molecular bioscientists who have been recognized by the Biochemical Society for notable achievements in their respective fields, as well as papers from the hundreds of esteemed researchers who have presented their work at the Society's meetings over the decades.

To facilitate discovery within this unrivalled collection in the molecular biosciences, Portland Press Limited has redeveloped the Biochemical Society Transactions website by introducing Gateways – new themed collections within the online journal:

Bioenergetics and Metabolism
Cell Biology
Development and Disease
Molecular Structure and Function
Signal Transduction

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APRIL 2012


We are pleased to announce our free online resource Cell Signalling Biology has been updated with the latest information.

Cell Signalling Biology is a major contribution to the field of cell signalling by one of the world's leading experts, Professor Sir Michael Berridge (Cambridge).

This online resource is sponsored by the Biochemical Journal's Signal Knowledge Environment ensuring that online access is freely available to all.

Updates are now live, including extensive additions on: membrane and protein trafficking, endocytosis, motor proteins, Rab and Arf signalling, cell differentiation, brain regions, neural circuits and hippocampal regions, and disease processes (in particular schizophrenia and insulin resistance).

MARCH 2012


The Biochemical Society is pleased to announce that its peer-reviewed journal, Bioscience Reports will be accepting submissions for open access from 2nd April with the first full open access issue available from August 2012.

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Professor Rhian Touyz appointed as Editor-in-Chief for Clinical Science

Professor Rhian Touyz has succeeded Professor Clinton Webb as Editor-in-Chief of Clinical Science.

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