Open Access (OA)

January 9, 2018 | Victoria Farrimond, Journals Development Coordinator & Caroline Sutton, Director of Editorial Development

What our new data sharing policies mean for your journal

Taylor & Francis will be introducing a set of new policies on data sharing from 2018.

The basic data sharing policy, which applies across many of our journals, encourages authors to deposit data in a suitable repository, cite it, and include a data availability statement stating where others can access the data.…

October 26, 2017 | Dr Alasdair Rae Co-Editor-in-Chief, 'Regional Studies, Regional Science'

Four years of open access: my experience as editor

Dr Alasdair Rae reflects on his time editing 'Regional Studies, Regional Science'

Dr Alasdair Rae is an urban and regional analyst for the Urban Studies and Planning department at the University of Sheffield, UK. He is also Co-Editor-in-Chief of the T&F journal Regional Studies, Regional Science (RSRS), alongside Dr Stephen Hincks. The journal was launched in 2014 as fully open access (OA), and it has since enjoyed great success, with its most-viewed article having received over 20,000 hits.…

September 14, 2017 | Dr Mike J Smith Editor-in-Chief, 'Journal of Maps'

Why you should use supplementary materials to enhance your journal

Dr Mike J. Smith shares his advice and best practice

Mike J. Smith: Supplementary materialsScholarly journals are about communicating. The sharing of opinions, ideas, results and recommendations. They’re the fruits of research labor. But they’re not an end in themselves. They’re the start.

The release of new ideas into the world causes their active use and can lead to their change into something new.…

June 15, 2017 | Victoria Gardner, Head of Researcher Services Development & Siobhán Aldridge, Submission Systems Analysis Manager

Introducing a new and easier way to submit articles – the Submission Portal

We are pleased to introduce a modern, easy to use, online submission experience for authors. The 'Submission Portal’ offers a submission process that has been developed with the researcher need and experience at the heart of every design and functionality decision.…

March 30, 2017 | Ray Tellis, Open Access Operations and Research Manager & Rebecca Evans, Open Access Coordinator

Open Access for editors

If you’re curious about open access, or finding that you’re getting more queries from authors, or fellow editors, then this introduction to open access will give you the basic information you need to understand open access, and how it applies to your journal.
March 9, 2017 | Alice James, Content Executive

Top 10 Open Access articles of 2016: the editor perspective

We recently revealed the top 10 most read Open Access articles published in 2016 across Taylor & Francis and Routledge journals. In this post we hear from some of the editors of the journals that made the list on why they think this research resonated so widely, the importance of Open Access research, and the implications for their journals.…

February 2, 2017 | Dr. Juan Manuel Guayasamin Editor-in-Chief, Neotropical Biodiversity

Meet the editor: Neotropical Biodiversity

Q&A with Dr. Juan Manuel Guayasamin

Dr. Juan Manuel Guayasamin is a specialist in evolutionary biology, who teaches at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito of Ecuador. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Neotropical Biodiversity, an open access journal published on behalf of SENESCYT, the Ecuadorean Department for Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation. We caught up with Dr. Guayasamin about the challenges of launching a journal, his advice to early career researchers and what he sees for the future of the journal.
October 28, 2016 | Jeffrey A. Simmons, Editor-in-Chief, the Journal of Freshwater Ecology

A transition to open access

The Journal of Freshwater Ecology, published since 1981, is a peer-reviewed journal for the field of aquatic ecology of freshwater systems that is aimed at an international audience of researchers and professionals. In 2017, the journal will be a fully open access journal, meaning all articles will, if accepted, be available for anyone to read anywhere, at any time immediately on publication. But what are the implications of this move to open access? Jeffrey A. Simmons, Editor-in-Chief of the journal reflects this Open Access Week.
October 26, 2016 | Dr. Xiaochun Liu Executive Editor of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science Letters

Helping the public understand science

Social media ventures and open access opportunities

Dr. Xiaochun Liu is Executive Editor of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science Letters (AOSL), an international journal for the publication of original Letters related to all aspects of the atmospheric sciences and physical oceanography. In this blog post, Dr Xiaochun Liu explores the opportunities presented by using social media and publishing open access. How has social media been used to help the public understand research published in the journal? And why did the editors choose open access? Read on to find out.
October 24, 2016 | Mike Smith Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Maps

Moving to open access: an editor’s view

The Journal of Maps is a peer-reviewed, inter-disciplinary, online journal that aims to provide a forum for researchers to publish maps and spatial diagrams. From September 2016, the journal will be a fully open access journal, meaning all articles will, if accepted, be available for anyone to read anywhere, at any time immediately on publication. But what are the implications of this move to open access? What are the benefits? Mike Smith, Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Maps reflects.
August 24, 2016 | Emma Greenwood, Associate Editorial Director & Bryan Vickery, Director, Cogent OA

Finding the right home for all submitted works

The Cogent transfer service

A manuscript may flow through multiple journals and rounds of review on its way to publication. Authors of work that goes on to be published can sometimes wait many months before publication, with efforts of reviewers and editors expended at each stage. That’s why we created the Cogent Transfer service - journal editors can at the point of rejection simply identify if the manuscript may be suitable for publication elsewhere by selecting the Reject – Unsuitable option. The author will then be offered a transfer to a suitable Cogent OA journal, and has the choice whether to transfer their manuscript or not. If they agree, Taylor & Francis/Cogent OA staff will transfer the manuscript on their behalf, no re-formatting required. Of course, authors are entirely free to submit their manuscript elsewhere.
May 31, 2016 | Becca Bray, OA Marketing Executive

Open access: what are the opportunities for marketing and publicity?

Marketing open access (OA) journals and articles offers a huge amount of opportunities to maximize the visibility of research, not only within academia but also beyond. Becca Bray, OA Marketing Executive at Taylor & Francis, gives an insight into the impact publishing OA can have, with real life examples to inspire and inform.
May 24, 2016 | Becca Bray, OA Marketing Executive

The role of marketing in open access

Applying tactics and channels to journal articles

What is the role of marketing in open access (OA) publishing? How are marketing tactics and channels applied to individual journal articles and on specific journals? With OA meaning an individual piece of research has the potential to be read by anyone, our OA Marketing Executive, Becca Bray, lifts the lid on the many and varied ways the team works to maximize the number of people reading.
April 7, 2016 | Raymond Tellis, Open Access Operations and Research Manager

Research and the REF

How UK authors can be compliant with HEFCE OA policy in Taylor & Francis journals

If you are based in the UK you may know that the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) has an open access policy that recently went into effect. Find out how your authors can be compliant with the HEFCE open access policy.
February 17, 2016 | Helen Opara, Communications Officer

What made the top 10 most downloaded OA articles in 2015?

Over the last year, our open access journals have published innovative research across many different disciplines. We’ve been crunching the numbers to reveal the ten most downloaded open access articles published in 2015, and the results are in.
January 7, 2016 | Vicky Gardner Director of Open Access

Public access in the U.S. - Taylor & Francis joins CHORUS

Taylor & Francis has joined CHORUS, a publisher-led initiative aimed at ensuring compliance with U.S. public access mandates. Find out more about what CHORUS is, and how it’s making it easy for U.S. based researchers to comply with public access policies.
December 8, 2015 | Vicky Gardner Director of Open Access

Conversations around open access: the OA Conversazione

This year, the illustrious Cosmos Club (whose members have included Carl Sagan, Theodore Roosevelt, and Rudyard Kipling) was the setting for the Taylor & Francis inaugural Conversazione. Funders, policymakers, society heads, industry figures, and Taylor & Francis representatives gathered together for an evening of discussion around public access and open access. Read what was discussed, and find out what the take-home messages from the event were.
October 1, 2015 | Ray Tellis, Open Access Publishing Editor

Highlights from the 7th Conference on Open Access Scholarly Publishing

On the 15 – 17 September, a very rainy Amsterdam played host to the 7th Conference on Open Access Scholarly Publishing (COASP), organized by the Open Access Scholarly Publisher’s Association (OASPA). It presented an opportunity to hear the latest in open access from speakers in academia, publishing, industry groups, charities, and government research funding.
August 4, 2015 | Zita Balogh Head of Marketing Cogent OA

Cogent OA is bringing open access to all disciplines

Cogent OA is an open-access publisher that boosts research impact by connecting peer-reviewed academic research across all disciplines. Our Intersections feature highlights relevant articles to audiences in adjacent fields of scientific, medical, and social science research. This makes the article accessible to a much wider audience and helps authors make new collaborations.
April 15, 2015 | Raymond Tellis Open Access Publishing Editor

A REF round-up

Taylor & Francis, open access, and the Research Excellence Framework

Along with the results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, HEFCE released a list of articles that were submitted for assessment. Find out more about the articles from Taylor & Francis that were submitted, and how to comply with the open-access requirement in the post-2014 REF.
April 7, 2015 | Claire Redhead OASPA’s Membership and Communications Manager

Perspectives on open access: the view from OASPA

Continuing our occasional series on perspectives on open-access publishing, we invited Claire Redhead from OASPA (Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association) to answer some questions on the organization's role, why standards are so important to researchers, editors, and everyone involved in OA, and the role that OASPA play in this. Find out what she said.
March 19, 2015 | Dr William Riggs Assistant Professor, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, California (@billyriggs)

Perspectives on open access: an early-career researcher’s view

The opportunities and challenges of publishing OA

What are the opportunities and challenges that publishing open access (OA) presents for early-career researchers? Dr. William Riggs is an Assistant Professor at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, in California and was one of the recent winners of the Taylor & Francis Gold Friday competition, winning an article publishing charge waiver. Here he offers his perspective on publishing his work OA, in the first of this occasional series.
November 5, 2014 | Wendy Ding Journals Publisher - China

Test each step before taking it

Open Access Week in China

OA Week saw a key meeting on China’s Open Access mandate policy, led by its main lobbyist, Professor Xiaolin Zhang, Head of the National Science Library of the China Academy of Sciences. Read an update from Wendy Ding, Taylor & Francis’ Journals Publisher in China, on 'Gold OA Day'.
October 27, 2014 | Elaine Devine, Communications Manager (Author Relations)

How do I want my work to be used? Talking licenses this Open Access Week

The latest analysis from the 2014 Open Access Survey

Read the latest update from this year’s Open Access Survey, exploring researchers’ preferences on licenses analysed by age, gender, region, career stage, and discipline. Are traditional or more restrictive licenses still the most preferred? Are scientists happy with more liberal options? What about those in the humanities or social sciences? Our Open Access Survey reveals all.
October 13, 2014 | Jenny Ellis Communications Officer

Getting to grips with open access

Analyzing U.K. and U.S. open-access policies

Open access is a global phenomenon, but what does it mean in practice at national level? As part of the 2014 Open Access Survey, we asked researchers what they understand and think about open-access policies in their respective countries. Read on to discover U.K.- and U.S.- based researcher views on Research Councils UK (RCUK) open-access policy, and U.S. public-access policy under the Consolidated Appropriations Act.
October 7, 2014 | Matt Peck Senior Marketing Executive

Join in with the Open October celebrations

This October we’re running a number of great offers in the build-up to, during, and after Open Access Week. If you or any of your peers are interested in submitting a paper OA then October is definitely the month to do it.
September 8, 2014 | Raymond Tellis, Open Access Publishing Editor & Vicky Gardner Open Access Publisher

An overview of HEFCE’s new OA policy

Guidance for editors

A short summary of key points around the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) OA policy for the “post-2014” REF. This post covers points relevant to editors and society partners and includes example timelines for reference.
November 15, 2013 | Lucy Giles, Senior Marketing Manager

Celebrating OA Week 2013

October 21 – October 27 was Open Access Week 2013. Taylor & Francis took the opportunity to get involved and raise awareness of the range of open-access (OA) publishing options offered through a full program of events.