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Anneliese Taylor
Anneliese Taylor
Anneliese is the Head of Scholarly Communication. Contact Anneliese for help evaluating journals and publishers, assessing research impact, and for scholarly publishing resources.

New Open Access Agreement Between UC and The Biochemical Society / Portland Press

We’re delighted to announce that as of February 22, University of California authors will be able to begin making research they publish in the Biochemical Society / Portland Press journals freely available for anyone to read by taking advantage of the university’s new transformative open access agreement with the publisher. The agreement also expands reading access to the full portfolio of Biochemical Society / Portland Press journals to researchers at all ten UC campuses.

This new cost-neutral transformative agreement – which runs from January 1, 2022 through December 31, 2024 – covers open access publishing in the Biochemical Society / Portland Press’s five hybrid (subscription-based) journals and two open access journals. The agreement achieves both of UC’s key goals for transformative open access journal agreements: controlling costs and providing for open access publishing in the full portfolio of Biochemical Society / Portland Press journals.

Having published in the Biochemical Society’s journals for many years, I know they are an important resource for the molecular-bioscience community. This transformative agreement will ensure that more content from UC researchers across all ten campuses is openly available, benefiting both UC and the wider community.”

Frank McCormick, PhD, FRS, Professor of the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

By combining funding from the libraries with authors’ grant funds, the agreement provides a model for how research-intensive institutions can create a sustainable and inclusive path to full open access. 

See the full UC announcement, and for more detail about the agreement please see our overview of the Biochemical Society / Portland Press open access agreement.

About UC’s Transformative Open Access Agreements

Transformative open access agreements support UC’s mission as a public university and advance the global shift toward sustainable open access publishing by making more UC-authored research articles open to the world, while maintaining journal affordability. UC seeks to partner with publishers of all types, sizes and disciplines to jointly advance a worldwide transition to open access across the entire landscape of scholarly journal publishing. For more on these aims and principles, see UC’s Call to Action for Negotiating Journal Agreements at UC, the UC faculty Academic Senate’s Declaration of Rights and Principles to Transform Scholarly Communication, and UC’s priorities for publisher negotiations.

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