- Publishing options
- Why publish Open Access?
- Article publication charge (APC)
- Institutional Read & Publish agreements
For further details on licensing, reuse and deposition, visit our rights and permissions page.
Journal of Cell Science (JCS) is a Transformative Journal. This means that we currently offer several publishing options and that all authors are able to publish with JCS, whatever their funder or financial status. We believe that Open Access is the direction of travel and it is clear that, as well as reader benefits, Open Access provides our authors with a wider readership and higher usage for their articles.
We currently offer the following three publishing routes:
Articles that are published under option 1 will be made free to read for everyone six months after publication date.
Why publish Open Access?
One might think: If it is free to publish in JCS under option 1, and your article will be made free to read after six months anyway, then why publish Open Access?
Publishing Open Access is so much more than making an article free to read. When you publish Open Access your article will be published under the CC-BY license.
There are also other added benefits to publishing Open Access. When we compared usage, citations and altmetrics for OA vs non-OA research articles, across our portfolio of journals, we saw a clear benefit for articles that had been published Open Access. The benefits below reflect averages across the Company's five journals.
Find our more about the advantages of publishing Open Access.
Article publication charge (APC)
To provide Open Access, the costs of publication in JCS are covered by charging a fee to the authors or the research supporters for each accepted article. This article publication charge is £3,300 per article (plus VAT if applicable). The true cost of publishing in JCS is higher, including costs relating to quality peer review; support for academic editors; plagiarism and image manipulation checks; text and figure checking; layout; and online hosting, dissemination and archiving. APC fees are set in three currencies, US dollars, pound sterling and euros, and do not follow the constantly changing exchange rate. This means that authors are not adversely affected by fluctuations in their local exchange rate.
Institutional Read & Publish agreements
The Company of Biologists is further embracing the move towards Open Access through transformative Open Access agreements with institutional libraries and library consortia.
Our Read & Publish Open Access initiative has a wide range of benefits for researchers at participating institutions. These include:
- unlimited access to new and archive content
- immediate, uncapped and APC-free publishing of Open Access research articles by corresponding authors
- CC BY licence terms with authors retaining copyright
- easy compliance with funders’ Open Access mandates
- higher visibility of articles
- no barriers to sharing and reuse
Check the list of participating institutions to see if you are eligible.
Find out more on our Read & Publish pages.