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Jisc and CSHL Press enter an innovative read-and-publish agreement

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press

Science Business Announcement

Bristol, UK, / Cold Spring Harbor, NY, USA (October 9, 2020) - Jisc and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press (CSHL Press) today announce an agreement that provides faculty in participating Jisc institutions with unlimited, open-access publication of accepted research manuscripts as well as full reading access to the complete collection of renowned CSHL Press journals. The journals are Genes & Development, Genome Research, RNA, Learning & Memory, Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Biology, Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine, and Cold Spring Harbor Protocols.

"A sustainable path to open publication of biomedical research is a long-sought objective among the many science communication initiatives at Cold Spring Harbor" said Dr John Inglis, Executive Director and Publisher of CSHL Press. "Our collaboration with jisc provides a model for any research-intensive institution whose scientists wish to make their articles openly available in these long-established, prestigious, not-for-profit journals."

Benefits for key stakeholders in this innovative new agreement include:

  • Institutions: Participating Jisc member institutions receive unlimited access to all content published in CSHL Press research and review journals - the "Cold Spring Harbor Collection" (seven titles)
  • Authors: Research articles with corresponding authors affiliated with participating institutions are published immediately as open access under a CC-BY license and directly deposited to PubMed Central (PMC)
  • Publisher: establishes a sustainable business model for transitioning subscription-based research journals to open access while maintaining their high editorial standards
  • Funders: aligns four journals that are respected and highly valued by their research communities with open access publication mandates placed on recipients of financial support

"We are delighted to offer this new transitional agreement with CSHL Press to our members," commented Kathryn Spiller, licensing manager at Jisc, "This collaboration with a leading, independent not-for-profit US publisher represents a new model that combines read access to highly valued subscription-only content with open access publishing in high quality journals, all for a fixed fee."

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Jisc members can find full details for their participation in the new CSHLP agreement online at the Jisc licence subscriptions manager portal: https://subscriptionsmanager.jisc.ac.uk/catalogue/2518

About Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press

Rooted in an initiative to publish an annual Symposium on Quantitative Biology in 1933, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press is a division of the Laboratory that publishes nine journals, more than 200 books in print and electronic form, and a variety of online initiatives. Its publications assist and inform scientists, graduate and undergraduate students, and the general public and provide financial support for the Laboratory's commitment to the advance and spread of scientific knowledge. For more information, visit http://www.cshl.edu/cold-spring-harbor-laboratorypress/

About Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Established in 1890, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, headquartered in Cold Spring Harbor, New York, is a private, nonprofit basic research and educational institution, with some 330 scientists who conduct groundbreaking research in cancer, neurobiology, plant genetics, and bioinformatics. The Laboratory is one of eight National Cancer Institute-designated basic research centers in the United States. It is recognized internationally for its educational activities, which include scientific meetings and courses that attract more than 8000 scientists to the campus each year as well as the preprint servers bioRxiv and medRxiv. Its graduate school of Biological Sciences offers an innovative Ph.D. program. In addition, the Laboratory trains college undergraduates through the Undergraduate Research Program, high-school students through the Partners for the Future Program, and grade-school children through its Nature Study Program summer camp. The Laboratory also operates the Dolan DNA Learning Center, which offers laboratory workshops to science teachers and students. Other components of the Laboratory include Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, the Banbury Conference Center, and the Cancer Genome Research Center. For more information, visit http://www.cshl.edu

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. For more information, visit http://www.jisc.ac.uk

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