Tuesday 03 December 2019

The Company of Biologists and Jisc announce a two-year pilot transitional open access agreement from January 2020

The 'Read and Publish’ deal will permit researchers at participating institutions unlimited access to all three subscription journals from The Company of Biologists, including the full archive dating back as far as 1853, and will allow the accepted articles of corresponding authors to be published open access by default and without limit.

Matthew Freeman, Chairman of The Company of Biologists and Head of the Dunn School of Pathology, University of Oxford said:

“We are thrilled to sign our first transitional agreement with Jisc. As a small not-for-profit publisher, the establishment of Read & Publish deals strengthens our support for the biological community and represents an important step in our open access journey.”

The Company of Biologists is a not-for-profit publishing company dedicated to supporting and inspiring the biological community. We do this by:

  • publishing five specialist peer-reviewed journals: Development, Journal of Cell Science, Journal of Experimental Biology, Disease Models & Mechanisms (open access) and Biology Open (open access)
  • funding meetings and Workshops to encourage cross-fertilisation of interdisciplinary ideas
  • providing grants, ranging from support for societies to Travelling Fellowships for graduate students and post-doctoral researchers. 

Kathryn Spiller, licensing manager at Jisc said:

“We are delighted that The Company of Biologists has joined the small group of not-for-profit publishers who are pushing the open access agenda in offering an affordable ‘read and publish’ agreement to UK universities for 2020.”

About Jisc
Jisc’s vision is for the UK to be the most digitally advanced education and research nation in the world. At its heart is the super-fast national research and education network, Janet, with built-in cyber security protection. Jisc also provides technology solutions for its members (colleges, universities and research centres) and customers (public sector bodies), helps members save time and money by negotiating sector-wide deals and provides advice and practical assistance on digital technology. Jisc is funded by the UK higher and further education and research funding bodies and member institutions.

Contact: Richard Grove, Commercial Manager Tel: +44 (0)1223 632 850 Email: Website: Twitter: @Co_Biologists

For Jisc contact Faye Holst,, or call +44 (0)7443 983571.


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