The National Science Library of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and IOP Publishing sign open access agreement

(23 March 2015) The National Science Library of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (NSCL) and IOP Publishing (IOP) are delighted to announce the signing of a new Memorandum of Understanding to support open access publications for Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) researchers.

The Memorandum indicates the commitment of both organisations to work together to create sustainable open access options for the future.

CAS introduced its Open Access Policy in May 2014 and the NSCL has been working to establish efficient and streamlined processes with publishers like IOP to fulfil this policy.

As a result of this agreement, IOP will support CAS authors to self-archive their accepted manuscripts by directly depositing papers published in IOP’s journals in the CAS repository. NSLC has also agreed to fund a proportion of article publication charges for CAS authors who wish to publish with IOP on a gold open access basis. IOP and CAS will also work together to explore longer term sustainable solutions for funding open access publishing, including an agreement to balance article publication charges and subscription fees.

Zhang Xiaolin, Director, National Science Library, CAS said: “The NSLC is committed to supporting both the green and gold options open access publishing options as an integral part of its information resource development. The NSLC believes it is time to proactively experiment with the transformation of library subscription funds towards open access publishing funds so that quality subscription journals can be converted to open access ones in a sustainable way.

“The NSLC is glad to be working with IOP Publishing to support this process, as we have a history of successful collaboration in endeavours such as creating solutions for the local, long term preservation of IOP’s journals.”

Olaf Ernst, Commercial Director of IOP said: “IOP has been privileged to work with CAS for many years and we publish seven of its titles. This latest agreement provides us both with an ideal framework to explore the ways that CAS can increase its open access publications and create even greater visibility for the research published by its authors.”

The announcement is here.