The Rockefeller University Press (RUP) is committed to quality and integrity in scientific publishing. Our goal is to publish excellent science using the latest technologies. We carry out rigorous peer review, applying the highest standards of novelty, mechanistic insight, data integrity, and general interest.
In the internet age, the ability to distribute information is no longer restricted to publishers, and everyone is overloaded with information. Thus, the current value of a scientific publisher is that we carry out peer review, and by doing so we publish only those papers reporting significant conceptual advances.
The review process for all three RUP journals is carried out in conjunction with academic editors.
We see publishing as a customer service business with three primary types of customers: authors, readers, and librarians. We serve our authors with fair and rapid peer review by experts in the field and rapid and accurate copyediting and production of manuscripts accepted for publication. We have a subscription business model, but our access policies (see below) serve authors and readers by providing wide dissemination of published work using the latest information delivery technologies. We have also invested in the development of new technologies, such as the JCB DataViewer, that provide authors with new ways to share their original data with readers.
Our authors retain copyright to their own works, which they are free to reuse in any way they choose immediately after publication. This differs from the copyright polices of many publishers, who require authors to relinquish all rights upon publication of their work. Our copyright policies also serve our readers, who do not need permission to distribute or reuse any of our content for noncommercial purposes.
We serve librarians by selling our content at reasonable prices and making the sales process as simple as possible. In addition, we provide archiving services through PubMed Central, Portico, LOCKSS, and CLOCKSS to ensure perpetual access to our electronic content.
RUP believes that journal editors have a responsibility to protect the published scientific record. Our academic reviewers ask whether the data presented support the conclusions drawn. Our journal editors now take this review process one step further by asking whether the image data presented are accurate representations of what was actually observed. Since 2002, all digital images in accepted manuscripts have been examined before publication for evidence of inappropriate manipulation. We developed guidelines for handling digital images that have been adopted and adapted by many other publishers.
The editors of the JEM have recently expanded this responsibility to ensure the reproducibility of published data by requiring that experiments be repeated a sufficient number of times with a sufficient number of experimental replicates.
We believe in preserving the integrity of the published record by publishing papers only after full image screening and copyediting to RUP standards. We do not publish authors’ PDFs simply to get articles online faster. Our production process is rigorous but rapid, ensuring a minimal delay between editorial acceptance and publication.
As a scientific publisher, we recognize that much of our content is generated through government-funded research, that the peer review process is carried out in large part by government-funded individuals, and that a significant portion of our subscription revenue is obtained from government-funded institutions. We believe that we have an obligation to give something back to the public that has provided those funds, and thus we make our content free online six months after publication. We have done this since January 2001. We also make all of our news, reviews, and multimedia content freely available immediately upon publication. We strongly support federal mandates aimed at making the results of federally funded research available to the public.
Members of RUP serve both the scientific and the publishing communities by publicly promoting the Press’ values. We have given numerous seminars on our image-screening program and image manipulation guidelines at biological research institutions around the world. These precepts have also been freely shared with many other publishers. We have advocated for public access to the scientific literature in Congress and within publishers’ organizations such as the Association of American Publishers and the Association of American University Publishers. Our members have served as board members and executives in numerous organizations, including the Society for Scholarly Publishing, the Council of Science Editors, and the National Information Standards Organization.