(5 Feb 2023) Over 50 percent of Cambridge University Press research articles are now published open access (OA) and so freely available to read.
Having passed the 50 percent threshold for last year – approximately 10,000 papers being fully open – Cambridge University Press is aiming for the vast majority of its research papers to be published fully open access by 2025.
OA research has a significantly higher readership and impact. Such articles published by Cambridge alone – and freely available online via Cambridge Core – receive about 3.5 times more full text views and on average 1.6 times more citations. Under traditional subscription models, readers, or their institutions, pay to access research.
Cambridge, the world’s oldest academic press, has signed transformative agreements covering 2,000 institutions worldwide: enabling researchers at those universities and research institutes to publish open research at no additional cost.
Cambridge hitting this open access milestone is especially remarkable, as about 60 percent of its research publications are in the humanities and social sciences – fields where research funding constraints have historically held back open research adoption, relative to science, technology and medicine.
Cambridge open access papers meet the highest standards, undergoing thorough peer review, before becoming permanently available for anyone to read and use.
Over 400 Cambridge journals offer open access options to publishers; 66 with fully open access and 340 hybrid.
The press release in full is here.