Cell Press Announces Free Access to Recent Online Archive
:: From the Cell web site:
Cell Press is pleased to announce that access to the recent online archive of Cell and the other premier journals of the Cell Press collection will become freely available beginning in January 2005. The recent archive of these journals includes content that is 12 months old or older and dating back to content from 1995. Each month as new issues are published, the year old issues will be added to the freely accessible recent archive. Free access to the recent archive will be available on both ScienceDirect (www.sciencedirect.com) and on the Cell Press journal sites (www.cellpress.com).
Today’s announcement by Cell Press represents an important change that will make a large part of the Cell Press journal archive freely accessible to the worldwide biomedical research community. Cell Press President and CEO Lynne Herndon commented, “Our main goal is the dissemination of information and the active support of scientific exchange. In recognition of the opportunities afforded by electronic publishing, Cell Press is taking this decision in order to better meet the needs of our unique author and reader communities. This opportunity also allows us to incorporate the notion of an open archive without adopting the pay-for-publication model that we believe is untested from both an editorial and financial perspective.”David Goodman, writing in CHMINF-L, notes the following:
Arie Jongejan, CEO Science & Technology, Elsevier added: “Cell Press publishes a suite of journals with a unique profile in biomedicine. Its readers expect science with immediate impact and its authors expect specialized care and extra speed. We support Cell Press’ unique role in the life sciences and within Elsevier.”
Cell Press is committed to improving scientific communication through the publication of exciting biology research and reviews. Our mission is to continue to publish and develop journals that deliver the highest possible intellectual rigor, promote community trust, and are widely disseminated. To that end, we are pleased to be able to add our new policy to existing Elsevier initiatives:
- Participation in the HINARI project of the WHO, which distributes journals for free to developing countries (http://www.healthinternetwork.org/index.php);
- A liberal copyright policy that gives authors broad rights;
- Free advance online publication of selected papers;
- Investment in making the entire back-issue collection available online;
- Online submission and review for the convenience of authors and reviewers;
- Support of the research community via meeting sponsorships
As I understand it:If Goodman is correct, I'm not sure that this is such a major announcement. If you can't afford the journal electronically now, then you still won't have access to the backfile. Clarification, anyone?
- the period from the present to 12 months back will be available in full text only to paid subscribers.
- the period from 12 months back through 1995 will be available free
- Is the period before that available at all? Is it a paid backfile, or not available at all in full text.