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Cambridge University Press seeks Transformative Journal status to transit journals to Open Access
2020-10-20

Cambridge University Press seeks to request the majority of its journals be given Transformative Journal status by cOAlition S as part of a commitment to transition them to full Open Access (OA).

The Press’s commitment to OA stems from its belief that a sustainable transition is vital to the future of research and in keeping with its mission to advance learning, research and knowledge worldwide.

Transformative Journals promise to increase the share of research articles they publish OA each year, flipping to fully OA when that reaches 75%. They also pledge to actively enhance the benefits of OA to authors to encourage take-up.

In doing so, they offer authors a way to comply with the Plan S requirement that, from 2021, the results of cOAlition S-funded research must be published in compliant OA journals or platforms.

Alongside all its own hybrid journals, the Press’s hope is that as many of the society-owned journals it publishes as possible will become Transformative Journals, committing more transparently to the transition to fully OA research.

However, it is unable to support the other route to compliance offered by cOAlition S through their Rights Retention Strategy, which would make authors’ accepted manuscripts OA without an embargo period. The Press believes the model is likely to undermine a path to sustainable OA.

There is more detail about the Press’s position on Transformative Journals and on the cOAlition S Rights Retention Strategy in two blogs, which can be found on the Cambridge Core blog.

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