STM Publishing – January 2022

STM Publishing – January 2022

Springer dials up preservation deal with CLOCKSS

Springer Nature, which this month appointed Kimberley Lau as VP for Consumer Media and President of Scientific American magazine, has expanded its partnership with the non-profit CLOCKSS digital scholarly archive. The agreement will enable CLOCKSS to ensure the long-term preservation of more than 300,000 books across multiple languages and imprints from 1815 to the present. CLOCKSS, whose archive already comprised 46 million journal articles held across 12 mirrored repositories, has also become the newest full member of the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC).

Transformative and open access deals

Wiley has concluded new deals across three continents. Transformative deals with MALMAD, the Israeli Inter-University Center for Digital Information Services, and the Carolina Consortium, a consortium of libraries across North and South Carolina, will grant participating institutions access to Wiley’s subscription content while also enabling researchers to publish accepted articles open access in the publisher’s hybrid journals. Meanwhile, a three-year open access agreement with the National Research Council of Science and Technology (NST) in the Republic of Korea will enable researchers at 25 institutions across the country to publish accepted articles open access in the publisher’s hybrid journals. All three deals will last three years.

IOP Publishing has signed a three year ‘read and publish’ deal with the Consortium of Swiss Academic Libraries. Researchers from 19 participating institutions will be able to publish unlimited papers in IOPP’s journals and those of many of its society partners, in addition to gaining read access to IOPP journal content.

Iowa State University (ISU) has become the third organisation to join the PeerJ Three-Year Fixed Term Memberships Program, following the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Ottawa. The deal will see ISU university library covering the cost of three-year PeerJ memberships for faculty, enabling them to publish three articles in PeerJ journals at no extra cost.

OUP takes on two more journals

Oxford University Press has taken on the publication of two further British Society for Immunology (BSI) journals: Discovery Immunology, a new, open access journal, and Clinical & Experimental Immunology, founded in 1966, will join Immunotherapy Advances, launched in 2020 and already published by OUP.

PLOS in preprint partnership with CSHL

The Public Library of Science (PLOS) has expanded its long-established partnership with Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) in an agreement that will allow authors submitting manuscripts to three journals – PLOS Medicine, PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, and PLOS ONE – to have that manuscript automatically forwarded to the preprint server medRxiv to be posted as a preprint. medRxiv, set up by CSHL in June 2019 as a publisher-independent, not-for-profit, community-based preprint server, currently hosts from than 27,000 manuscripts from researchers in 140 countries.

Biologists enjoy growth

The Company of Biologists has announced that its three hybrid journals – Development, the Journal of Cell Science, and the Journal of Experimental Biology – all exceeded their targets as transformative journals in 2021, in line with requirements for Plan S compliance, which entails growing the proportion of Open Access research content by 5% year on year.


STM Publishing - Alastair Horne

Alastair Horne is a PhD student at the British Library and Bath Spa University.

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