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JCB, JEM, and JGP attain Transformative Journal status

Journal of Cell Biology (JCB), Journal of Experimental Medicine (JEM), and Journal of General Physiology (JGP) have secured Plan S compliant Transformative Journal status from cOAlition S. Rockefeller University Press (RUP) has made Open Access (OA) publishing a core part of its mission since 2001, when all research articles were made free to the public six months after publication. In 2017, RUP began offering an Open Access option to all authors of research articles, and in 2018 launched the fully Open Access online journal Life Science Alliance (LSA) in collaboration with EMBO Press and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press. RUP has launched Read-and-Publish agreements with institutions across the world to accelerate transitioning to fully Open Access. RUP has expanded its policy to allow primary corresponding authors based in lower- and middle-income countries to publish Open Access  without incurring additional financial burden.

JCB, JEM, and JGP are hybrid journals, publishing Open Access content that is immediately available to the public under CC-BY license as well as content that is free to the public six months after publication under CC-BY-NC-SA license. Authors may choose either option and all content is deposited in PubMed Central (PMC) and is archived in LOCKSS/CLOCKSS and Portico.

Transformative Journal status for JCB, JEM, and JGP signals the next step in RUP's path to sustainable Open Access publishing. Visit this page for more information about RUP and Open Access.


What are the criteria of a Transformative Journal?

decorative Transitioning to a fully Open Access journal by increasing the share of Open Access content on an annual basis.
calculator graphic with a dollar sign in lower left corner Avoiding double payments for subscriptions and publishing services.
magnifying glass over a bill showing a dollar sign Offering transparency on how Open Access publication fees are determined.
OA bar chart showing growth over time Reporting Open Access article metrics to authors, cOAlition S, and the scientific community, including downloads and citations.


How does this affect RUP authors?

Your institution or funder may cover your $5,300 Open Access fees through December 31, 2024. Authors who publish in JCB, JEM, and JGP continue to be able to select from Open Access or Open-Access-after-six-months, dependent on their funder requirements. RUP is establishing Read-and-Publish agreements that cover 100% of Open Access publication fees for research articles by authors at participating institutions. Authors at participating institutions are able to publish an unlimited number of Open Access articles through our Read-and-Publish agreements, including with Max Planck in Germany, Jisc in the UK, VIVA in the US, IReL in Ireland, and an increasing number of individual libraries across the globe

To address equity in Open Access publishing and promote advances in global research, publication fees for Open Access under CC-BY license in JCBJEM, and JGP  are automatically waived for primary corresponding authors based in eligible lower- and middle-income countries.

How does this affect subscriptions to RUP journals?

RUP has implemented a transparent pricing model for 2022 for new and renewed subscriptions to JCBJEM, and JGP. With a focus on transparency and sustainability, our model ensures that we are not receiving subscription revenue from articles published as Open Access. This model allows us to establish our journals' prices in a transparent, fair, and sustainable way, and affects each of our four subscription tiers. Learn more about the model in detail here.

What are the next steps?

JCBJEM, and JGP will continue to attract and publish high quality Open Access articles, with the aim to demonstrate an annual increase in the Open Access proportion of research content of at least 5% in absolute terms and at least 15% in relative terms year-on-year (whichever is greater), as required under the Criteria for Transformative Journals.

Journal 2021 Articles Published
2021 Articles
Published Open Access
2021 Open Access
15% Relative
Growth Target
5% Absolute
Growth Target
JCB  235 55 23% 64 29%
JEM 211 50 24% 58 27%
JGP 78 14 18% 16 14%
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