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Max Planck Authors publish free in ScienceOpen

The Max Planck Society (MPG), an independent, non-profit German research organization and ScienceOpen, the research + Open Access publishing network based in Germany and the USA, have signed an agreement (official PR) that will allow authors affiliated to MPG as members of one of its 82 institutes and research facilities, unlimited free publication of posters and research articles in 2015.

The Max Planck Society is a co-founder of the international Open Access movement and has negotiated favorable publishing terms for its researchers at all career levels with a range of OA titles that now include ScienceOpen, which offers three main services to researchers:

  1. Aggregates nearly 1.4 million OA articles (PubMed Central & ArXiv)
  2. Immediate publication
  3. Facilitates transparent & network based peer review after publication

Following the Max Planck Digital Library OA Ambassadors Conference, ScienceOpen fielded a short survey to some MPG researchers (143 completions) to gauge their likely support for this partnership. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive – 95% of respondents said that they would welcome a collaboration between MPG and ScienceOpen.

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Other encouraging signs from the survey included nearly 90% of participants who were willing to publish in a journal that offers Non-Anonymous Peer Review after publication and 86% who don’t believe that Impact Factors are a good method to evaluate the quality of individual articles and authors.

We also want to take a moment to acknowledge and thank those working at the MPG from our Editorial Board for their support. They include the following researchers, feel free to reach out to them directly for more information about the publishing process at ScienceOpen.

Board Member MPI City
Andreas Bartels Biological Cybernetics Tubingen
Peter Fratzl Colloids and Interfaces Potsdam
Pascal Fries Ernst Strüngmann Institute for Neuroscience Frankfurt
Elisa Izaurralde Developmental Biology and Biochemistry Tübingen
Rüdiger Kniep Chemical Physics of Solids Dresden
Stefan Offermanns Heart and Lung Research Bad Nauheim
Ulrich Pöschl Chemistry Mainz
Jurgen Renn History of Science Berlin
Didier Stainier Heart and Lung Research Bad Nauheim
Josef Zihl Psychiatry Munich

Frank Sander, General Manager of the Max Planck Digital Library said “since we have received many positive acknowledgements from senior Max Planck researchers, we are happy to now provide this one year pilot which allows unlimited publications with ScienceOpen free of charge for all Max Planck affiliates.”

ScienceOpen CEO, Stephanie Dawson, said “all of us at ScienceOpen are delighted to end our year on such a positive note by establishing this important relationship. We look forward to a productive 2015”.

If your society or organization wishes to make a similar arrangement with us, please email Liz.