Jisc strikes open-access deal with National Academy of Sciences

The agreement includes over 150 universities that are members of the Jisc consortium

One hundred and fifty-six universities can publish in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) without charge after Jisc struck a two-year “transformational” open-access agreement on behalf of most of the UK HE sector. 

The pilot ‘publish and read’ agreement with the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (NAS) was announced this week by the UK HE IT organisation responsible for the JANET network. 

The agreement includes over 150 universities that are members of the Jisc consortium – the first national consortium to make such a deal with the NAS. The agreement takes effect from July 2021 and concludes in June 2023. 

[The deal] ensures that authors from UK universities have a Plan S-compliant route to open access publishing in PNAS
– Ken Fulton, National Academy of Sciences

Caren Milloy, director of licensing at Jisc, said: “We are delighted to have secured an agreement with PNAS that reduces costs for our members and provides Plan S-compliant open access publishing whilst giving them access to their journal. The agreement is further evidence of Jisc’s commitment to supporting society publishers in the transition to open access.” 

Jisc Collections has already successfully negotiated similar deals with 15 small society publishers, including the Microbiology Society, The Royal Society, and Portland Press. It has also struck a four-year deal with Wiley – and aims to do the same with Elsevier

Ken Fulton, PNAS publisher and NAS executive director, said: “We are very pleased to have reached this pilot agreement with Jisc, which ensures that authors from UK universities have a Plan S-compliant route to open access publishing in PNAS. We look forward to analysing data from this pilot as we explore open-access business models. We are also excited to launch our fully open access journal, PNAS Nexus, in 2022.”

Jisc recently appointed Heidi Fraser-Krauss and Paul Boyle as its next chief executive and chair respectively.


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