The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology's (ASBMB) three peer-reviewed journals — Journal of Biological Chemistry, Journal of Lipid Research, and Molecular & Cellular Proteomics — will become fully open access in 2021.
Scientists publishing in ASBMB journals already had the option for open access, and many chose it. As of January 2021, every article’s final version will be immediately available to everyone with an Internet connection, qualifying ASBMB journals as ‘gold’ open access. This matters because an increasing number of biomedical research funders require grantees to publish in only ‘gold’ journals.
The society has partnered with Elsevier to make the transition. After the transition to open access, institutions and authors will no longer pay subscription charges or page fees. Authors will instead pay an article publishing charge: US$2,000 for ASBMB members and US$2,500 for nonmembers (excluding taxes). By comparison, many other publishers charge double, triple oreven five times that.
All new papers will be published under a CC-BY license, making authors' work immediately and permanently available for all to read, download, copy, and distribute.
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