Friday 17 June 2022

The Company of Biologists joins Jisc’s Publications Router service

We are delighted to announce that The Company of Biologists is now providing full-text Open Access (OA) articles for distribution to UK institutional repositories via Jisc’s Publications Router service. This means that the version of record is delivered automatically to authors’ institutions, usually within seven weeks of acceptance, together with rich and authoritative metadata.

The Jisc Publications Router service is available to Jisc-member higher education institutions with compatible systems.

Steve Byford, Product Manager (Open Research Services) at Jisc says:

“The launch of The Company of Biologists’ feed to Publications Router adds to the range of content that it is delivering automatically straight into institutions’ open repositories. This enables them to capture, curate and showcase their researchers’ articles from a growing list of publishers of all sizes, and to do so as efficiently as possible. This helps them meet their open access objectives and to demonstrate their compliance with funder policies.” 

Richard Blount, Regional Sales Manager (Europe and Australasia) at The Company of Biologists says:

“The three-year Read & Publish agreement that we signed with Jisc in 2022 is proving very popular. 44 Jisc-member institutions are already participating, including all 30 that took part in the 2-year pilot that preceded it. We are excited to be enhancing the service that we offer to UK higher education institutions by delivering our full-text Open Access articles automatically to repositories via Jisc’s Publications Router service, and this new partnership follows our participation in the OA Switchboard which is available to Jisc-member institutions free of charge until the end of 2023.”

Claire Moulton, Publisher at The Company of Biologists, says:

“The Company of Biologists has a long-standing commitment to Open Access and a track record of innovation. Our journals were the first in the world to be afforded Transformative Journal status by Plan S and, thanks to the success of our Read & Publish initiative, we exceeded our public commitment to grow OA content by over 5% during 2021. We are also keen to participate in services such as Jisc’s Publications Router which help to accelerate the transition to OA.”

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About Jisc

Jisc’s vision is for the UK to be a world leader in technology for education and research. It owns and operates the super-fast national research and education network, Janet, with built-in cyber security protection.  Jisc also provides technology solutions for 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.

About The Company of Biologists

The Company of Biologists is a not-for-profit publishing organisation dedicated to supporting and inspiring the biological community. We partner with libraries and library consortia to enable biologists worldwide to access our leading peer-reviewed subscription journals: Development, Journal of Cell Science and Journal of Experimental Biology.

We have been committed to Open Access (OA) for over 17 years. We publish two fully OA journals – Disease Models & Mechanisms and Biology Open. Our hybrid journals were the first in the world to be afforded Transformative Journal status by Plan S and over 470 institutions in more than 30 countries. are now participating in our cost-neutral Read & Publish OA initiative. We also have Read & Publish agreements with nine library consortia and an international library organisation.


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