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1 Experiences with an Open Access Journal Professor Jerry Roberts Head of Biosciences Editor-in-Chief Journal of Experimental Botany

2 First published in 1950 Institutional subscriptions ~ >600 Impact Factor in 2007 ~ 3.6 Open Access option since July 2004 (The first plant sciences journal to offer authors the opportunity to publish under OA)

3 Opportunities for publishing under Open Access Journal perspective: Boosts Impact Factor Attracts the best authors Politically correct

4 Opportunities for publishing under Open Access Author perspective: Boosts citations Accommodates requirements of funding agency Politically correct

5 Threats for publishing under Open Access Journal perspective: Reduced number of institutional subscribers Reduced subscription cost Reduced revenue leading to journal closure

6 Threats for publishing under Open Access Author perspective: Costs of publishing (to author) increased Learned Societies lose critical revenue stream Reduced journal outlets for publication

7 JXB Open Access Experiment Commenced in 2004: Open Access publication ~ £250 UK authors free ~ funded through a grant from Joint Information System Committee of the UK (JISC) Approximately 29% Open Access publications

8 Countries of non UK Open Access authors (2004-6) ArgentinaCanadaGermany AustraliaChinaGreece BelgiumCzech RepubIndia BrazilFranceItaly Japan*SloveniaTaiwan NetherlandsSpainUSA* NorwaySweden PortugalSwitzerland * >35% of total

9 Downloads of Open Access vs Non Open Access papers Full text downloads per Abstract downloads July 04 – Sept 06 Full text of Open Access papers gets downloaded more than Non Open Access papers (per Abstract)

10 Citations of Open Access vs Non Open Access papers Number of citations July 04 – Sept 06 Average citation per paper: Non Open Access ~ 1.7 Open Access ~ 1.9 (12% increase)

11 JXB A sustainable model for Open Access Launched in April 2007 Corresponding authors whose institutions have a subscription to the journal can publish Open Access for free Authors whose institutions do not have a subscription to the journal can publish Open Access for £1500 Some material remains under subscription control (eg. Reviews)

12 JXB A sustainable model for Open Access Challenges of model Time consuming as institutional addresses of all corresponding authors have to be checked for subscriptions Up to 70% of papers may become Open Access and librarians may expect a reduced subscription cost as a consequence Plan B if Plan A fails????

13 JXB A sustainable model for Open Access Opportunities presented by the model Identification of non-subscribing institutions and encouragement to re- engage with authors and librarians Identification of novel publishable material (teaching aids/large data sets/techniques information etc) to remain under subscription control

14 Conclusions Open Access is going to become increasingly important to funding agencies and authors Journals (publishers) will have to develop a sustainable model to accommodate Open Access Funding agencies/Institutions will have to provide resources to support Open Access


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