Re: Royal Society Publishing and Open Access

From: Jane H Smith <Jane.H.Smith_at_NOTTINGHAM.AC.UK>
Date: Tue, 22 Jun 2010 15:32:25 +0100

Thanks for highlighting this change to the Royal Society policy, I shall
update RoMEO ASAP.

After an initial check it looks like they are now Yellow in the RoMEO
colour scheme.


Jane H Smith
SHERPA Services Development Officer
Centre for Research Communications

Tel: 01159514341

-----Original Message-----
From: American Scientist Open Access Forum
Behalf Of Stevan Harnad
Sent: 22 June 2010 13:31
Subject: Re: Royal Society Publishing and Open Access

I have a question about the Royal Society's Open Access policy.
According to SHERPA Romeo, the RS is green, meaning it has formally
endorsed the self-archiving of the author's final, refereed draft, in
the author's institutional repository, immediately upon acceptance for

But in the RS FAQ, the RS misdefines Green OA as follows:

"Green open access:
Authors may deposit a pre-print of their article in a repository at any
time and they may deposit the final, accepted manuscript version of
their article in a repository from 12 months after publication."

This needs to be clarified. For whereas one can be agnostic about the
hybrid gold OA option that the RS and many publishers are offering
(including the promise of transparency in translating hybrid Gold OA
uptake increases into subscription price reductions), this takes on an
entirely different complexion *if the publisher is not green* (as, for
example, CUP, APS, IOP, AAAS, Springer and Elsevier all are, whereas OUP
and NPG, and now possibly the RS, are not).

For if the publisher imposes a 1-year embargo, that is tantamount to a
constraint -- on any author that needs and wants immediate OA -- to pay
for the hybrid Gold OA option instead of just providing Green OA.

Whereas the hybrid gold OA option per se is an innocent enough
development on the part of green publishers, not only transparency but
very explicit exposure, naming and shaming will be necessary for those
non-green publishers who try to use embargoes on Green OA to leverage
hybrid gold OA options.

Stevan Harnad

On 2010-06-22, at 7:45 AM, Crawshaw, Lesley A wrote:

> Hi,
> I've been asked to forward this message to this list on behalf of the
Royal Society. I am sure you will find it interesting - it's a positive
move by the Royal Society.
> Royal Society Publishing and Open Access
> ***Apologies for cross posting***
> In keeping with our role as the UK's national academy of science, The
Royal Society is committed to the widest possible dissemination of
research outputs. Consequently, our own publishing operation is one of
the most open access of all science publishers.
> From 2012 we shall implement a new and more transparent pricing policy
in which the price of each journal is tied to the number of non-open
access articles published in that journal and each journal will publish
the relevant article counts annually. We recognise the legitimate
concerns of the research community that publishers of hybrid open access
journals should take full account of the income they receive from
article charges when setting subscription prices and believe that this
model represents a coherent and viable way forward.
> For further information on our new and more transparent pricing policy
please visit:
> All our content is currently free to
access<> until 30 July 2010
> To celebrate a summer of science and the launch of See Further: the
Festival of Science and Arts, we are pleased to announce that the Royal
Society Digital Journal Archive will be freely available to view until
30 July 2010. Our archive dates back to 1665 and contains in excess of
68,000 articles, from the first ever article published in our oldest
journal Philosophical Transactions to the most recent interdisciplinary
article published in our youngest journal Interface Focus.
> Access our archive <>
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