Celebrating 5 Years of Open Access with ACS Omega | ACS Omega

“2020 marks the fifth year in which ACS Omega has published high-quality content that describes new findings in chemistry and interfacing areas of science, without any perceived evaluation of immediate impact. Since January, all front covers and much of our marketing material have included a badge commemorating this significant milestone.

For us—the Editors, the journal, and the staff at ACS Publications—time seems to have passed remarkably quickly since we first set out on this mission to provide a fully open-access platform to disseminate technically sound research that advances the frontiers of science through original ideas. The journal has come a long way since the first issue in volume 1 was released in July 2016, and the quality of the work published throughout this time has been consistently high. Starting with the publication of research articles only, we then added “Perspective” and “Mini-Review” manuscript types to allow exposure of recent trends in a wide variety of areas, thus broadening the scope and appeal of the journal. The year-on-year increase in submissions and published output reflects the progress the journal has made. ACS Omega has published over 7000 articles from researchers based in 98 different countries. We received our latest impact factor of 2.87 this summer and earned 10?646 citations in 2019 (Journal Citation Reports, Clarivate), another indicator of the progress the journal has made in a short space of time. We have our Editors (both past and present), our dedicated ACS staff, our reviewers, our authors, and our readership to thank for the vital contributions they have made to the success of the journal….”

Publications | Free Full-Text | A Provisional System to Evaluate Journal Publishers Based on Partnership Practices and Values Shared with Academic Institutions and Libraries

Abstract:  Background: Journals with high impact factors (IFs) are the “coin of the realm” in many review, tenure, and promotion decisions, ipso facto, IFs influence academic authors’ views of journals and publishers. However, IFs do not evaluate how publishers interact with libraries or academic institutions. Goal: This provisional system introduces an evaluation of publishers exclusive of IF, measuring how well a publisher’s practices align with the values of libraries and public institutions of higher education (HE). Identifying publishers with similar values may help libraries and institutions make strategic decisions about resource allocation. Methods: Democratization of knowledge, information exchange, and the sustainability of scholarship were values identified to define partnership practices and develop a scoring system evaluating publishers. Then, four publishers were evaluated. A high score indicates alignment with the values of libraries and academic institutions and a strong partnership with HE. Results: Highest scores were earned by a learned society publishing two journals and a library publisher supporting over 80 open-access journals. Conclusions: Publishers, especially nonprofit publishers, could use the criteria to guide practices that align with mission-driven institutions. Institutions and libraries could use the system to identify publishers acting in good faith towards public institutions of HE. 

 

Publications | Free Full-Text | A Provisional System to Evaluate Journal Publishers Based on Partnership Practices and Values Shared with Academic Institutions and Libraries

Abstract:  Background: Journals with high impact factors (IFs) are the “coin of the realm” in many review, tenure, and promotion decisions, ipso facto, IFs influence academic authors’ views of journals and publishers. However, IFs do not evaluate how publishers interact with libraries or academic institutions. Goal: This provisional system introduces an evaluation of publishers exclusive of IF, measuring how well a publisher’s practices align with the values of libraries and public institutions of higher education (HE). Identifying publishers with similar values may help libraries and institutions make strategic decisions about resource allocation. Methods: Democratization of knowledge, information exchange, and the sustainability of scholarship were values identified to define partnership practices and develop a scoring system evaluating publishers. Then, four publishers were evaluated. A high score indicates alignment with the values of libraries and academic institutions and a strong partnership with HE. Results: Highest scores were earned by a learned society publishing two journals and a library publisher supporting over 80 open-access journals. Conclusions: Publishers, especially nonprofit publishers, could use the criteria to guide practices that align with mission-driven institutions. Institutions and libraries could use the system to identify publishers acting in good faith towards public institutions of HE. 

 

American Chemical Society signs transformative open access agreement with Polish Academic Consortium | STM Publishing News

“The Publications Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS) is pleased to announce that it has signed a transformative “read and publish” agreement with the Polish Academic Consortium. The agreement, which lasts through 2022, will benefit 51 institutions across Poland and will enable hundreds of articles to be made open access each year.

Under the terms of this agreement, researchers at universities across Poland will be able to publish under the most liberal of open access licenses, CC-BY. They will also benefit from a highly streamlined process aligning their journal article to the article publication charges covered by this agreement. Researchers at participating institutions will also have access to the over 65 premier journals published by ACS….”

American Chemical Society signs transformative open access agreement with Polish Academic Consortium | STM Publishing News

“The Publications Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS) is pleased to announce that it has signed a transformative “read and publish” agreement with the Polish Academic Consortium. The agreement, which lasts through 2022, will benefit 51 institutions across Poland and will enable hundreds of articles to be made open access each year.

Under the terms of this agreement, researchers at universities across Poland will be able to publish under the most liberal of open access licenses, CC-BY. They will also benefit from a highly streamlined process aligning their journal article to the article publication charges covered by this agreement. Researchers at participating institutions will also have access to the over 65 premier journals published by ACS….”

ACS Publications announces new open science resource center – American Chemical Society

“In an ever-changing scholarly publishing environment, the American Chemical Society (ACS) Publications Division is deepening its commitment to open science and open access. Through a curated set of materials on its new open science resource center, ACS is leading the way for researchers to become active participants in this movement.

Researchers, librarians and administrators who visit this resource will find information on open science and open access publishing, will learn how to comply with funder requirements and will be able to search ACS’ open access agreements to find out if they are eligible to have article publishing charges (known as APCs) waived. These new tools will speed the transition to an open science future by effectively communicating how open access publishing works for ACS’ extensive community of authors….

James Milne, Ph.D., president, ACS Publications Division [said,] “We are committed to leading the open science movement.” …”

Open Access | Molecular Biology and Evolution | Oxford Academic

“MBE and the Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution (SMBE) are thrilled to announce that from Volume 38 (2021) Molecular Biology and Evolution (MBE) will become fully Open Access. From 1 January 2021 all papers published in the journal will be free to read online without subscription. All articles accepted for publication from 1 August 2020 will be published as Open Access and will be subject to an Article Processing Charge (APC).”

 

EMS Press | EMS Press launches Subscribe To Open for 10 journals

“EMS Press, the publishing house of the European Mathematical Society, is today announcing the launch of its Subscribe To Open (S2O) programme. 10 journals, including the European Mathematical Society’s flagship journal Journal of the European Mathematical Society, have been selected for the initial S2O round which, if successful, will see those titles flip to open access in January 2021….”

Digital Commons@Georgia Southern – Digital Commons Southeastern User Group 2020: Keeping the Ball Rolling: Sustainability and the Open Access Learned Society Journal

Abstract:  In this presentation, the editor and managing editor of the Georgia Library Quarterly (GLQ), the journal of the Georgia Library Association, will provide a brief history of the journal and share information related to current publication practices, in addition to discussing future plans, with a focus on sustainability, including maintaining a robust editorial board, ensuring a reliable peer review process, and the importance of legacy planning to make sure that future editors gain the knowledge and expertise to continue to successfully manage and publish a long-standing and vital journal for Georgia librarians and librarianship. GLQ is published by Kennesaw State University’s Digital Commons. GLQ is an open access publication that applies the Creative Commons Attribution License to all articles, with authors retaining the copyright while allowing others to reuse and copy the article, provided the original authors and source are cited. Attendees of the presentation will gain insight on how an open access learned society journal with an all-volunteer editorial board operates and learn ways to maintain continuity with publishing practices to promote sustainability.