Monday, January 16, 2012

Royal Society launches new open access membership

Royal Society launches new open access membership programmes to encourage open access in scholarly communication

January 12, 2012
The Royal Society has this week confirmed that it is at the leading edge of open access in scientific publishing by launching two innovative new open access membership programmes. 

The programmes allow institutions to support open access for their researchers by giving them a discount of 25% when they publish open access articles in the Royal Society’s renowned international scientific journals.

The new membership programmes acknowledge the growth of open access publishing as well as the increasing number of open access articles being published by scientists in the Royal Society’s journals. 

The two new membership programmes have aroused interest from UK and international scientific institutions with three key Institutions signing up already. The Excellence in Science Membership is relevant for institutions publishing across all areas of science and Open Biology Membership for those who wish to just support researchers in the biological sciences at the cellular and molecular level.  Institutions are given a personalised webpage on the Royal Society publishing site, showcasing their research and linking through to the full text of the article.

Speaking of the new membership programmes, Chair of the Royal Society Publishing Board, Professor Mike Brady, FRS commented, “The Royal Society is delighted to play such an active role in the future of open access publishing with the launch of Open Biology and the two new institutional membership programmes.   Open access is an established means of delivering important scientific information to researchers wishing to access and publish content that is freely and openly available on the web.”

The Royal Society is one of the most ‘open access’ friendly of the established science publishers and its journals cover the broad spectrum of science from biology, physics through to mathematics, engineering and multidisciplinary sciences. 

In 2005, the Royal Society introduced its first open access publishing model EXIS Open Choice,   allowing authors to make their articles open-access via the payment of an article-processing fee.  Following this, the Royal Society recently launched its first completely full open access journal Open Biology, publishing original, high quality research in the field of cell and molecular biology. All papers are made freely available under a Creative Commons Attribution License permitting use, distribution and reproduction, provided the original work is cited.


  1. The Royal Society is the UK’s national academy of science.  Founded in 1660, the Society has three roles, as a provider of independent scientific advice, as a learned Society, and as a funding agency. Our expertise is embodied in the Fellowship, which is made up of the finest scientists from the UK and beyond. 

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