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The Biochemical Society and Portland Press have released a joint position on open scholarship. In line with this and new for 2020, articles from corresponding authors based at an institution that have taken up one of our ‘transformative’ offerings will be automatically published Gold open access without the need for any Article Publishing Charges (APCs).

Gold Open Access
Data Policy


As a wholly owned subsidiary of the Biochemical Society, we are fully committed to the open science agenda, and to serving the needs of our authors, readers, researchers, society members and librarians. You can find the Biochemical Society’s policy on open scholarshiphere. Portland Press offers severalopen access (OA)options, including funder-compliant routes to publishing, in all of our journals.

There are two routes to making your work OA:

Green Gold
  • Where And When Permitted, The Author Or A Librarian Makes A Work Available By Archiving It In A Repository. This May Be An Institutional Repository Or A Subject-Based Or Central Repository(Such As PubMed Central).
  • No Charges Are Payable.
  • The Version Made Available Will Be The Author’s Pre-Publication Version, I.E. ThePeer-Reviewed,Accepted Manuscript (AM)*.
  • Access (Archiving) Is Subject To An Embargo
  • The Work Is Made Freely Available To All Readers Everywhere Via The Journal Website.
  • An APC (Article PublishingCharge) Is Payable.
  • The Version Made Available Is The Final Published PDF Or Publisher’s Version, I.E.The ScholarlyVersion Of Record (VoR)*
  • The Work Is Available Immediately On Publication, With No Embargo Periods.
  • Licensing Of The Final Published Article Will Freely Permit Either All Or A Number Of Uses / Re-Use, With No Further Charges Or Permissions Required.

*Portland Press has adopted the ALPSP/NISO Recommended Practices for Journal Article Versions (the VoR and AM). A submitted manuscript under review that is accepted for publication becomes an Accepted Manuscript (AM) at the point of acceptance. A Proof that is corrected and published becomes a Version of Record (VoR). For further information, please click here.

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Gold open access

All of our subscription journals offer authors the choice to pay a charge (article publishing charge or APC), allowing the final published article (the definitive Version of Record/VoR) to be published open access (OA). This makes the published article freely available online from the journal site and ensures that most types of distribution and re-use will be permitted without restrictions or charges.

Authors have the option to choose the Gold OA route for their manuscripts submitted to any of our subscription journals (hybrid OA). The below provides a quick overview on our hybrid OA offering.

We also publish two fully open access journals:Bioscience ReportsandNeuronal Signaling.

Selection of Gold OA for a manuscript has no bearing whatsoever on the editorial decisions and the outcome of peer review. The decision to publish an article is governed entirely by the peer-review process and our Editors. The Journals’ Editors and Reviewers will not know whether an author has opted to pay for Gold OA. Paymentto facilitate Gold OAis only collected after (if) a manuscript has been formally accepted for publication.

Portland Press open access overview:


Type of OA

Fees/APC for Gold OA1

Special rates for members

Licensing2& copyright3

Publisher deposits final VoR to PubMed Central

Biochemical Journal

Hybrid – Gold OA is optional




CC BY NC-ND (or CC BY if mandated by funder)




€ 2,590


Clinical Science

Hybrid – Gold OA is optional




CC BY NC-ND(or CC BY if mandated by funder)




€ 2,590

€ 2,200

Biochemical Society Transactions

Hybrid – Gold OA is optional




CC BYNC-ND(or CC BY if mandated by funder)




€ 2,590

€ 2,200

Essays in Biochemistry

Hybrid – Gold OA is optional




CC BYNC-ND(or CC BY if mandated by funder)




€ 2,590

€ 2,200

Emerging Topics in Life Sciences

Hybrid – Gold OA is optional




CC BYNC-ND(or CC BY if mandated by funder)




€ 1,885

€ 1,415

Bioscience Reports

Full OA – all authors pay for Gold OA



© Authors





€ 1,650

€ 1,325

Neuronal Signaling

Full OA – all authors pay for Gold OA



© Authors







1Fees for Hybrid OA: Our Hybrid OA charges are £1,950; US$3,500; €2,590 per article.Discounted rates are £1,675; US$3,000; €2,200 and will apply if you are currently a member of the Biochemical Society. Note thatEmerging Topics in Life Sciences(published on behalf of the Biochemical Society and the Royal Society of Biology) is a hybrid journal, however the OA charges are different to our other OA journals, and are shown in the table.Discounted rates for Emerging Topics in Life Sciences will apply if you are currently a member of the Biochemical Society or Royal Society of Biology.

Fees forBioscience Reports:As this is a full OA journal, all articles follow the Gold OA route and carry a charge of £1,390; $1,960; € 1,650. Biochemical Society members are offered a discounted rate of £1,115; $1,570; € 1,325. Brief Report articles carry a discounted charge of £1,115; $1,570; € 1,325, further discounted to £840; $1,180; € 1,000 for Biochemical Society members. Charges are waived for invited articles.

Fees forNeuronal Signaling: As this is a full OA journal, all articles follow the Gold OA route and carry a charge of £1,250; US$2,225. Biochemical Society members are offered a discounted rate of £875; US$1,555. Charges are waived for invited articles.

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2Licensing and permissions:Bioscience ReportsandNeuronal Signaling, as full OA journals,publish all papers under aCC BY licence.For the hybrid journals, authors are able to select aCC BY licenceifthis is mandated by their funder. This licence lets others distribute, remix, tweakand build upon the published article, even commercially, as long as they credit the original article. This is the most accommodating of all the licences offered, and will be compliant with mandates and OA policies of funding bodies. Where a funder OA policy does not require publication under a CC BY licence, authors are offered the protectiveCC BY NC-ND licencefor their OA articles. This licenceallows unrestricted readership of the article while ensuring that commercial use and adaptations cannot be made without permission.

3Copyright: Authors of Portland Press journals retain copyright and assign us, the Publisher, an exclusive Licence to Publish. This is the case for all published articlesregardlessof whether they are OA or subscription articles. For all OA articles, the Licence to Publish assigned to us by Authors will point to the relevant Creative Commons licence (as described above) to guide use and re-use termsfor readers and authors alike.


To support and boost bioscience in the developing world, theBiochemical Society, and its publishing subsidiary Portland Press, go above and beyond the existingHINARI programmeand offer either completely free or discounted Gold Open Access (OA) publication to authors from low-income countries.

  • Waivers (free OA publication): Authors from 71 low-income countries (as defined by theHINARI 'Group A' list) can have their accepted papers published via Gold OA free of charge
  • Discounts: Authors from a further 45 countries (on theHINARI 'Group B' list) canreceive a discount on their article publishing charge (APC)
  • Discounted rates for the Group B list are as per the 'special rates' described in the table above, namely: - £1675/$3000/€2200 for Hybrid OA in the following:Biochemical Journal,Clinical Science,Biochemical Society TransactionsandEssays in Biochemistry -£1115/$1570/€1325 for Gold OA in the full OA journal,Bioscience Reportsand £875/$1555 for Gold OA in the full OA journal,Neuronal Signaling

APCs are collected on behalf of Portland Press by the Copyright Clearance Center. Any applicable discounts will be automatically applied on the payment screen.

If there are any problems during payment, authors should email theProduction Teamfor help.

InstitutionalRead & PublishAgreements

To support and accelerate our transition to Open Access, Portland Press offers transformativeagreements, combining access to journal content with unlimited OA publishing.

For a list of our current Read & Publish institutional agreements, click here.

If you think that Read & Publish could benefit your institution please ask your librarian to get in touch.

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Archiving policy & Green Open Access

Subscription articles:The final published Version of Record (VoR) for subscription articles may not be shared or posted to institutional repositories, personal webpages, blogs, listservs, ResearchGate or any other websites that are not password-protected. Authors are not normally permitted to share their articles (VoR) on any website that is open to the public. Please refer to our policy on the sharing of articleshere.

Authors’ Accepted Manuscripts (

AMs) can be archived in an institutional repository after an embargo of 12 months; however, this does not extend to subject repositories. See also Green Open Access (OA), below.

Green OA:Portland Press allows deposits for all Accepted Manuscripts in institutional repositories after an embargo period of 12 months.

Authors and librarians are invited to archive Accepted Manuscripts (notthe final published PDF which is the definitive Version of Record of the article, but the manuscript that was accepted for publication following peer review) in institutional repositories, 12 months after publication of the VoR.

Funder exception: Deposits of the AM to subject repositories, such as PubMed Central, are only permitted if this is mandated by the funder.

When archiving, please:

  1. Make clear that this is not the final peer-reviewed Version of Record;
  2. Include a link to the Version of Record on the journal website;
  3. Ensure that the journal carrying the final published version of the article is attributed.
  4. Archiving/sharing of Gold OA papers: As an APC will have been paid to make the final article OA, Authors (or indeed anyone) may share the final published PDF/Version of Record of Gold OA articles on any websites including blogs, personal pages, institutional repositories and subject archives. We encourage Authors and others to include a link to the published article on the journal page when re-posting, sharing or re-using an article (in whole or in part) elsewhere. Please check the licence of the published article as commercial re-use and adaptations will be subject to permissions in some cases.


By providing Gold open access (OA) publication of the final article (under a CC BY licence when this is mandated by a funder), and, for our hybrid journals, byallowing archiving of the accepted manuscriptwith 12-month embargoes, Portland Press facilitates funder-compliant routes to publicationfor several funders, including:

  • National Institutes of Health (NIH – USA)
  • National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC – Australia)
  • Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)
  • *UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), encompassing the Research Councils such as Medical
  • Research Council (MRC) and National Environmental Research Council (NERC - UK)
  • *Wellcome Trust (UK)
  • Research Councils UK (RCUK - UK)
  • Medical Research Council (MRC - UK)
  • National Environmental Research Council (NERC - UK)
  • Wellcome Trust (UK)
  • Cancer Research UK (CRUK - UK)
  • British Heart Foundation (BHF -UK)
  • Charity Open Access Fund (COAF - UK)

*Both UKRI and Wellcome Trust are signed up to cOAlition S. Implementation guidelines issued by Plan S state a compliance date of 2021. It should be noted, however, that this refers to funding compliance alone and not publication. Any funding secured up to and including the full calendar year of 2020 will have no bearing on where associated research is then published. Hence, research may still be published in a ‘non-compliant’ journal in 2021, providing connected funding is secured prior to that time.

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SeeROARMAPfor a fuller list of funders and their OA policies. If you are mandated to publish OA and find that our policies do not permit a funder-compliant route to publication, please let the Production Team know.

Data Policy

Portland Press and the Biochemical Society encourage authors to share their data and upload raw data and datasets to open data repositories on formal acceptance of their article for publication.

The full Portland Press data policy can be found here.


What does open access mean in publishing? ›

Open access (OA) refers to freely available, digital, online information. Open access scholarly literature is free of charge and often carries less restrictive copyright and licensing barriers than traditionally published works, for both the users and the authors.

How do I know if a publication is open access? ›

Check the article's journal website. If a publication is OA then it is visible (via OA logo or OA statement) on the publisher website. It is suggested to add Unpaywall/Open Access Button/Kopernio plugins to your Chrome or FireFox (if possible) browsers. In this case the OA logo or Unpaywall Button (green for OA vs.

Is it good to publish in open access journals? ›

Good quality open access journals have a rigorous peer review process. This means that an article's quality, validity, and relevance has been assessed by independent peers within the field. Taylor & Francis journals are peer reviewed, and the same goes for all reputable publishers.

How much does an open access article cost? ›

In the Open Access model the authors have to pay to publish; there are some exceptions and we'll get to that. The authors pay what is known as an APC, article processing charge, which is anywhere from typically $1000 US up to more than $10,000 US. On average, APCs are around $2,800 – $3,000 US in 2021.

What are the 5 core principles of open publishing? ›

The OSPP guidelines emphasize sustainability, transparency, incentives, research evaluation and community involvement.

Do authors benefit from open access? ›

But OA benefits authors as well as readers. Authors want access to readers at least as much as readers want access to authors. All authors want to cultivate a larger audience and greater impact.

Does open access mean no copyright? ›

Open access literature is defined as “digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.” The recommendations of the Budapest Open Access Declaration—including the use of liberal licensing (such as CC BY)— is widely recognized in the community as a means to make a work truly open ...

What qualifies as open access? ›

Simply put, open access describes unrestricted access to peer reviewed scholarly research. Unrestricted access most frequently refers to an online version (HTML or PDF) that does not require payment or subscription.

What is the benefit of publishing open access? ›

Open access ( OA ) means making research publications freely available so anyone can benefit from reading and using research. Open access can be more than making research available to read, but also allowing others to re-use that research.

How do publishers make money with open access? ›

Book processing charge (BPC) / Open Access fee

A fee is charged by the publisher in order for the ebook to be made open access; usually all ebook formats will be open access. The fee is typically paid by the author's funder or institution.

What are the disadvantages of open access publishing? ›

  • Expensive for researchers. While you, the reader, don't pay anything for open access, the cost comes from somewhere—the researchers. ...
  • Quality concerns. While concerns about the quality of open access research are dwindling, it's still an issue. ...
  • Financial issue for journals.
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Why open access journals are not good? ›

Because many Open Access journals are relatively new, they tend to have lower Impact Factors while they build their article base. This means some researchers and readers refuse to publish in or consider Open Access journals because they question the quality of the published work.

Who owns the copyright for an open access article? ›

Pure Open Access Journals allow the author to retain the copyright in their articles. Articles are instead made available under a Creative Commons licence (usually Attribution-Only, or CC-BY) to allow others to freely access, copy and use research provided the author is correctly attributed.

Why is publishing open access so expensive? ›

A large proportion of their production costs come from evaluating manuscripts that are ultimately rejected; when revenue can be collected only from the few articles that get published, the fee per article is high.

Can I publish in Elsevier for free? ›

Authors publishing in hybrid journals can publish under the subscription model at no cost and make use of the Elsevier sharing policy.

What are the 7 steps of publishing process? ›

Publishing Process Steps and Descriptions

What are the 5 publishing ethics? ›

Publishing ethics guidelines
  • Declare to your chosen journal that your manuscript is not published elsewhere.
  • Declare any conflicts of interest.
  • Check all co-authors meet criteria for authorship and ensure appropriate acknowledgements made in the manuscript.
  • Include appropriate funding statements in the manuscript.

Who are the big 4 in publishing? ›

Big Four Overview

HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Hachette and Penguin Random House, better known as “the big four,” are the caviar of publishers.

How much does it cost to publish an open access book? ›

The largest publishers of Open Access journals (BioMed Central and PLoS) charge between US$ 1,350 to US$ 2,250 to publish peer-reviewed articles.
How much does it cost to publish in Open Access?
TypeOpen Access journals
Journal TitleJournal of Medical Case Report
Article processing charges (US$)960
PublisherBioMed Central
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What are the challenges with open access? ›

Open Access challenges
  • The need for researchers to maximise the dissemination and impact of their research;
  • The need for readers to have access to the full corpus of relevant research literature;
  • The possibility of creating a continuum of integrated scholarly information, from raw data to peer-reviewed publications;

What is the difference between copyright and open access? ›

Open access is not the same as public domain.

Works in the public domain are not protected by copyright. Open access is compatible with copyright, and except for instances where OA works simply happen to be public domain as well, most OA works are protected by copyright.

Can I share open access papers? ›

Pay-to-publish (gold) open access articles can be shared anywhere without embargo as long as the embedded Creative Commons license selected by the author remains in place.

What is the purpose of open access? ›

Open access (OA) means free access to information and unrestricted use of electronic resources for everyone. Any kind of digital content can be OA, from texts and data to software, audio, video, and multi-media.

Which is an example of an open access property? ›

Open-access property is not managed by anyone, and access to it is not controlled. This is also known as a common property resource, impure public good or a common pool resource. Examples of this can be air, water, sights, and sounds. Tragedy of the commons refers to this title.

What is an open access good example? ›

Resources such as land, lakes for fishing, clean air, etc., are open access resources. The difference between public goods and open access resources is public goods are non-rival while open access resources are rival.

How do I promote open access? ›

11 Ways to Promote Open Access in Your Institution
  1. Reach out and support the local community. ...
  2. Reward top repository contributors. ...
  3. Publish public statements on journal cancellations. ...
  4. Create repository training and help resources. ...
  5. Set up an Open Access publishing fund. ...
  6. Make copyright detection as easy as possible.
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What percentage do publishers take? ›

Royalty rates vary slightly, but on average, you can expect the following from traditional publishers: Hardcover sales: 15% Trade paperback sales: 7.5% Mass-market paperback sales: 5%

What are the pros and cons of open access publishing? ›

Advantages and disadvantages
  • Advantage 1: Free for all. ...
  • Disadvantage 1: Publication fees. ...
  • Advantage 2: Increased readership. ...
  • Disadvantage 2: Lack of quality control. ...
  • Advantage 3: Access for researchers in developing countries. ...
  • Disadvantage 3: Sustainability.

Is it better to self publish or sell to publisher? ›

Thankfully, self-published books have a much, much higher royalty rate than traditional publishers because you get to keep anywhere from 50-70% of your book's profits. With a traditional publisher, they take much more and you only end up with 10% maybe 12% after years of proving yourself as an author.

What is an argument against open access publishing right now? ›

Against open access: editing and publishing quality materials requires significant resources, and these have to be paid for somehow.

Is open access predatory? ›

Predatory open-access publishing is an exploitative OA publishing business model that involves charging publication fees to authors without providing the editorial and publishing services associated with legitimate journals (open access or not).

What is the opposite of open access publication? ›

closed access | ZB MED - Informationszentrum Lebenswissenschaften.

Is Elsevier an open access journal? ›

You can choose to publish open access in over 97% of our journals. Nearly all of Elsevier's 2,700 journals now enable open access publishing, including over 600 journals which are fully open access journals. Choose from more than 600 gold open access journals – we're adding more every month.

Do open access journals reject papers? ›

What is the rejection rate of journals? Rejection rates range from 30%-90%. Journals with good to high standards have rejection rates of around 90%. Open-access journals tend to have lower rejection rates.

Is Elsevier a predatory journal? ›

Scientific and academic publisher Reed Elsevier released six journals that were found to feature falsified peer reviews. These peer reviews were paid for by pharmaceutical companies, including pharma giant Merck. Elsevier has also been involved in other scandals, including being accused of publishing racist content.

Can you use public domain without permission? ›

No permission is needed to copy or use public domain works. A work is generally considered to be within the public domain if it is ineligible for copyright protection or its copyright has expired. Public domain works can serve as the foundation for new creative works and can be quoted extensively.

Are press releases public domain? ›

One thing to remember is that press releases live in the public domain, which means your stakeholders and customers can see them. So, instead of thinking of a press release solely as a ticket to earning news coverage, consider it as a valuable piece of marketing content.

Are press releases protected by copyright? ›

Is a press release copyrighted? The short answer is yes because it is being written by a person on behalf of a company. Having said that, facts, figures, and statistics cannot be copyrighted. In this case, it is only good manners to cite the source of the information.

Is open access free to publish? ›

Open access (OA) refers to freely available, digital, online information. Open access scholarly literature is free of charge and often carries less restrictive copyright and licensing barriers than traditionally published works, for both the users and the authors.

Is it cheaper to self publish? ›

You can spend as much or as little as you want self-publishing your non-fiction book. If you invest a little money, you'll break even on the cost of your book faster. But if you invest more, you'll create a better product and improve your craft with professionals' help.

How much does Scopus cost? ›

Publication in Scopus Indexed Journals starts at $140. Mail us on for detailed information of Associated Journal Houses.

Do Elsevier editors get paid? ›

Average Elsevier Editor yearly pay in the United States is approximately $73,037, which is 38% above the national average. Salary information comes from 8 data points collected directly from employees, users, and past and present job advertisements on Indeed in the past 36 months.

Can I publish in Springer for free? ›

For the majority of Springer journals, publishing an article is free of charge. If a journal requires page charges, you will find them on the journal's homepage or in its Instructions for Authors.

Why does it cost to publish open access? ›

An open access journal will not only provide open access for your individual article, but will advance open access in your field. The fee you pay is helping to promote a better model for scholarly publishing.

Who owns copyright with open access? ›

Pure Open Access Journals allow the author to retain the copyright in their articles. Articles are instead made available under a Creative Commons licence (usually Attribution-Only, or CC-BY) to allow others to freely access, copy and use research provided the author is correctly attributed.

What are the two types of open access? ›

Types of Open Access

Gold – publisher makes to articles in fully accessible on the journal website, under a creative commons or similar license. An APC is usually paid by the author (or other funder). Hybrid – a subscription journal where the publisher allows authors to pay to make individual articles open access.

What is open access examples? ›

Open Access (OA) refers to all electronic resources that are made widely available on the internet without licensing and copyright restrictions. Open Access resources can include articles, journals, books, conference proceedings, theses, videos, music, etc.


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