Graham Anderson reports on a new partnership with Copyright Clearance Center (CCC)

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We recently announced that in 2021 we reached a significant landmark and that for the first time over half of all our published articles were open access (53%). I am pleased to further report that this month we will be going live with our partnership with CCC/Rightslink for Scientific Communications to help us scale our OA activities and make it even easier for researchers and institutions to submit their articles to our journals.

Rightslink for Scientific Communications (RLSC) will help to streamline and automate the exiting workflows, and where an article processing charge is payable researchers and institutions will be able to transact via RLSC. RLSC is already know to institutions around the world so this trusted partner will also help with reporting and other requirements. Automating the APC invoicing and payments will enable us to spend more time on supporting our Transformative Deals.

“Our open access publishing is growing rapidly now (through our many transformative deals around the world) and it was clear that we needed a dedicated solution to help us scale and sustain these efforts by supporting our users, funders and authors,” said Dr. Stuart Taylor, Publishing Director, The Royal Society. “CCC’s RLSC is the market leader and enables us to meet a range of transformative agreement reporting requirements whilst avoiding time-consuming manual reporting processes.”

“The Royal Society essentially invented science publishing and peer review in 1665 with Philosophical Transactions and continues to lead the publishing industry with collaborations, especially in open science,” said Roy Kaufman, Managing Director, Business Development and Government Relations, CCC. “Likewise, at CCC, we use partnerships, integrations, and support of cross-stakeholder initiatives to encourage OA funding workflows that serve everyone in the community. We look forward to working with The Royal Society to help scale its OA business and expand participation from institutions by simplifying the management of its OA agreements.”

Authors and institutions will be supported all the way by RLSC and The Royal Society, and this new partnership helps to support our OA goals and transition.

Find out more about open access publishing with the Royal Society.


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