Content-Type: text/html Ett viktigt genombrott för fritt tillgängliga vetenskapliga e-tidskrifter har nyligen skett i Storbritannien, där högskolemyndigheternas kommitté för informationssystem (JISC) slutit ett nationellt avtal med BioMed Central, som ger ut kvalitetsgranskade e-tidskrifter inom det biomedicinska fältet. BMC har som sin affärsidé att deras tidskrifter ska vara fritt tillgängliga på webben från första dagen. Intäkter tar man bl.a. in genom publiceringsavgifter. En pressrelease om avtalet finns på JISC:s hemsida:
http://www.jisc.ac.uk/

Jag citerar ur pressreleasen:

"UK research, accessible for free, for everyone

UK leads world in publishing revolution to provide open access to scientific research

More than 80,000 biology and medical researchers working at UK universities can now share their research findings freely with fellow researchers, funding bodies, students, journalists, and the general public worldwide. Making the results of science and medical research openly available will aid the global advancement of science and healthcare. Publishing in freely accessible online journals will also make the UK higher education system more cost-effective, by reducing the amount of money spent on journal subscriptions.

The landmark deal announced today by The Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC), a joint committee of HEFCE and other UK further and higher education funding bodies, and open access publisher BioMed Central places the UK at the forefront of the drive to make scientific research freely available on the Internet. The BioMed Central membership agreement commences on the 1 July.  From this date article-processing charges will be waived - for all UK higher education staff - when publishing in any of BioMed Centralís 90+ peer-reviewed journals in which all research content is freely accessible...."

Jan Hagerlid