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Oxford University Press celebrates open access milestones

As International Open Access (OA) Week begins, Oxford University Press (OUP) is celebrating some major milestones, over 2019, on its 16th year of open access publishing.

A flagship new journal series called Oxford Open is launched on April 2020. Oxford Open is a series of fully open access journals, which began with the launch of Oxford Open Immunology and Oxford Open Materials Science. These were soon joined by Oxford Open Climate Change. Underpinned by principles of open research, the series will expand over the coming years to include cutting edge research in a wide range of disciplines.

This year also saw the publication of OUP's 100th OA book as well as the first OUP history title in the Sustainable History Monograph Pilot (SHMP), Katrin Schreiter's Designing One Nation: The Politics of Economic Culture and Trade in Divided Germany, 1945-1990, is published in 2020.

2020 has been a great year for Read and Publish deals with OUP signing 11 of them so far. This was also the year that saw the spread of Read & Publish deals outside of Europe and across the world. In late 2019, OUP announced an agreement with Iowa State University and were delighted to follow this with an agreement with the Chinese Academy of Sciences in May 2020, the first agreement of its kind in Mainland China. Over 1,300 authors have published in OUP journals via the Read & Publish model so far in 2020, an increase of almost 20% in 2019.

Since 2016, OUP has published more than 42,300 OA journal articles by almost 34,000 authors. Nucleic Acids Research (NAR) was the first of OUP's fully OA journals, "flipping" to a fully OA model in 2006, and it is OUP's most read journal, gaining over 5 million visits in 2020. Meanwhile, OUP's most read OA article of 2020 is, "On the origin and continuing evolution of SARS-CoV-2" first published in National Science Review (NSR) in March 2020. With over 670,000 views, this is now the most-read OA article in OUP's database. In Humanities and Social Sciences, the most popular OA article of the year was "Global Evidence on Economic Preferences" in the Quarterly Journal of Economics.

Another important moment in 2020 was the launch of new research data policies, which use a multi-level framework that makes it easier for authors to share their research data. This multi-level approach means that OUP can drive towards open research, while acknowledging that the process cannot be ‘one size fits all’.

In 2020, OUP published an average of 1167 OA articles each month or about 38 each day (including weekends). This is an increase of 30% compared with 2019, and OUP seeks to continue with a further 11 OA journals joining OUP in 2020. OUP celebrated the launch of 80th fully OA journal and now offers an open access publishing option on over 400 journals.

OUP has published over 30 books in 2020 already with more to come before the year is out. Subject areas range from Law to History to Economics, generating many thousands of views and downloads during 2020.

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