25 March 2019
The Thieme Group has signed an agreement with ZB MED Information Centre for Life Sciences, the Forschungszentrum Jülich, and additional specialist libraries. As part of an initial pilot project, authors at participating institutions will first be given the opportunity to publish original papers in Hormone and Metabolic Research, an international journal published by Thieme, on an open access basis at no extra cost. The German Research Foundation (DFG) is funding the project as part of the Licences for Digital Content programme, which will potentially also include other titles.
Under the new business model, ZB MED, the Forschungszentrum Jülich, and the thirteen other libraries pay a fee to access Hormone and Metabolic Research based on a licence for reading access and a publication fee to allow open access publishing by authors attached to these institutions. Those involved selected Hormone and Metabolic Research as a suitable pilot. Around half-way through the term of the contract, the partners will review their experiences with open access submissions.