NPG Journals to Open Access to Online Archives

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Nature Publishing Group (NPG) is pleased to announce that its academic and society journals will be opening access to all online content published before January 2003. The archives will be accessible from January 2007.

Nature Publishing Group (NPG) is pleased to announce that its academic and society journals will be opening access to all online content published before January 2003. The archives will be accessible from January 2007.

This policy helps clarify content associated with a site license. From January 2007, site license access to any NPG publication will include content from the current year plus a four-year rolling archive, with the exception of those journals which already offer an open archive after 12 months.

The decision to open the journal archives has been made jointly by NPG and by the societies for whom we publish. Making each journal’s older content freely accessible will encourage wider usage. The policy also helps to address the issue of perpetual access to archives of society-owned journals that transfer between publishers.

The society-owned NPG journals which already open their archives on a 12-month rolling basis are unaffected by this policy change.

For Nature journals, as we have previously announced (see “Nature Publishing Group introduces post-cancellation rights to licensed web content,” September 2005), a site license starting in 2007 will include content from the current year plus a four-year rolling archive. Archive content not included in the license agreement will be available to purchase. However, site licenses starting in 2006 will have post-cancellation rights to all the current licensed content (e.g. back to 1997).

NPG remains committed to publishing the highest impact research, with the widest possible readership. We will continue to innovate and develop new publishing models in order to meet the individual needs of our society partners and their journals, while ensuring we deliver a high quality service to our readers and institutional customers.

Nature Publishing Group (NPG) is a division of Macmillan Publishers Ltd, dedicated to serving the academic, professional scientific and medical communities. NPG's flagship title, Nature, was first published in 1869. Other publications include Nature research journals, Nature Reviews, Nature Clinical Practice and a range of prestigious academic journals including society-owned publications. NPG also provides news content through news@nature.com and scientific career information through Naturejobs.

NPG is a global company with headquarters in London and offices in New York, San Francisco, Washington DC, Boston, Tokyo, Paris, Munich, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Delhi, Mexico City and Basingstoke. For more information, please go to http://www.nature.com.

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Suzanne Kidd

Communications Marketing Manager

Nature Publishing Group, London

T: +44 (0)20 7843 4891

Sue Deeley

Associate Director, Academic Journals

Nature Publishing Group, New York

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"Nature Publishing Group introduces post-cancellation rights to licensed web content" - http://npg.nature.com/pdf/cancellation.doc

For all NPG press releases, go to http://www.nature.com/press_releases.html.

Contact: Suzanne Kidd

+44 (0)20 7843 4609

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