Open Access at the Press – more Gold, more Green, more sharing.

The development of our Open Access programme, Cambridge Open, continues to be a major area of importance for the Press, both Green and Gold OA.

Our Gold publishing programme has grown over the last year, with 19 wholly Open Access journals and more in the pipeline, and we’ve now published 22 Gold OA books. We’re seeing ever more Gold OA articles in our hybrid journals, and as a result of our commitment not to charge both authors and subscribers for the same content, more journals have qualified for double-dipping discounts to next year’s subscription prices.

Critical to the smooth and transparent adoption of OA, we’re continually working to improve our OA metadata to help researchers, research institutes and funders to discover and track OA content. Over time, we will have a more comprehensive collection of available information about who funded the research we publish, along with other information such as the access and license terms for that content.

Green OA continues to present thought-provoking challenges for us. We recognize how hard it is for research institutes to ensure that they meet funder mandates. There’s already been a fair amount of innovation in the scholarly community and academic publishing community to help with this, and no doubt more will come, and we must play our part in supporting practices that will make a positive difference.

And, as a final note, the social sharing of content outside for formal Green OA mechanisms has taken a more central position in our thoughts and activity over the past few years. Sharing is a vital part of research, and must have ways to support responsible sharing without putting the continued viability of high-quality publishing programmes at risk. We’re hoping to be able to make some concrete announcements very soon about what we’re doing here.

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