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Open scholarship and transitioning publishing models


The Biochemical Society and Portland Press are working to our joint strategy for 2019 – 2021 announced in July 2019. As part of this, Portland Press is scoping a transition of business models in support of a more open future. We have set up a pilot programme of 'Read & Publish' deals including transformative renewals for existing subscribers and transformative agreements signed with consortia CAUL and Jisc. There have already been several institutions that have signed up to our 'Read & Publish' deal, further details of which can be found here.    

Read below about the changing landscape of academic publishing and how we’re taking steps to continue to support, and generate investment for, the communities that we serve.

The Biochemical Society and Portland Press support Open Scholarship, the name given to a change in the culture of scholarly research, enabled by developing technologies and new opportunities for communication and collaboration. It encompasses topics including open access, open data, metrics, research integrity and public engagement. 

Read our October 2019 Open Scholarship position statement >



Read & Publish pilots agreed with Jisc and CAUL



A two-year transformative Read & Publish agreement, co-developed between Portland Press and Jisc was agreed in November 2019 and is in place for 2020. Portland Press is also pleased to have signed our first transformative agreement with CAUL. These pilot transformative agreements are all-inclusive in nature, offering researchers at participating institutions: 

- access to content in all of the Biochemical Society’s journals; 
- unlimited charge-free OA publishing for corresponding authors.


Towards sustainable open access: A society publisher's principles and pilots for transition



This open access opinion piece was published in ALPSP Learned Publishing journal (Volume 33, Issue 1). In this article, Malavika Legge, Director of Publishing, outlines our 10 operating principles for commencing a transition to OA publishing.




A refreshed agenda and the ‘open’ road



Our Director of Publishing, Malavika Legge, announces the Biochemical Society and Portland Press’ joint commitment to commencing a sustainable and equitable transition to open access, describing early steps on our road to a more ‘open’ ethos.


Transformative renewals 2020



Marking the first step to transitioning publishing models, we’re excited to launch a pilot transformative offering for ̴ 700 global subscribers. Active for 2020, our optional ‘Read & Publish’ renewal initiates a route to full OA publishing, providing an inbuilt solution to the burden of transacting individual article publishing charges (APCs).


Society Publishers’ Coalition



We’re proud to form the Society Publishers’ Coalition alongside other learned societies and are working to maintain an open dialogue between publishers, learned societies, researchers, institutions, and funders as we look to co-develop publishing models for the future.


Open access: what’s all the fuss about?



Our Policy and Public Affairs Officer, Hannah Macdonald, surveys the changing landscape of academic publishing in a post for The Biochemist Blog.

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