Open Access in Annals of Botany — low costs allowing more pages


Open Access in Annals of Botany

Open Access in Annals of Botany

I’m delighted to say that we have reduced the Annals of Botany Open Access charges to £1000 GBP/ $1615 USD/ €1160 EURO for all papers. Open Access papers are freely access­ible to every­body over the web, and all rights for reuse, repub­lic­a­tion and dis­sem­in­a­tion lie with the authors. Our dis­cus­sions sug­gest that the high charges are a major lim­it­a­tion to wider uptake of open access across the whole plant research com­munity, and this 40% reduc­tion makes our charges sub­stan­tially lower than those of all the major on-line/open-access-only sub­ject journ­als. We have the addi­tional advant­ages that our open-access papers are dis­trib­uted not just on-line but in the prin­ted journal. Like all our authors, the open access authors have no charges for full-colour in their papers and receive free reprints. For authors from low-income devel­op­ing coun­tries, we com­pletely waive the open access charge so these authors can dis­trib­ute their papers more widely. Full details are given at  http://​www​.oxford​journ​als​.org/​a​n​n​b​o​t​/​o​x​f​o​r​d​o​p​e​n​/​a​r​t​i​cle . Our Annals of Botany sub­scrip­tion costs will be reduced in line with the open-access con­tent in the journal, so this will allow us to increase the num­ber of papers we pub­lish without increas­ing the sub­scrip­tion. Authors make a decision about open-access after accept­ance of their manu­script so edit­or­ial pro­cesses are not changed.


We main­tain our other reader– and author-friendly policies for all our con­trib­ut­ors, includ­ing no page charges for authors, authors retain­ing copy­right on all their work, free access to many review art­icles, increas­ing amounts of edit­or­ial mater­ial includ­ing ContentSnapshots, Plant Cuttings, and book reviews, wide free dis­tri­bu­tion of Special Issues, and of course dis­tri­bu­tion and cir­cu­la­tion through AoBBlog​.com and press releases for papers of wider pub­lic interest. We are grate­ful to the not-for-profit char­ity Annals of Botany (owner of the journal) for agree­ing to sub­sid­ize the costs of the open access papers, in line with their mis­sion for pro­mo­tion and dis­sem­in­a­tion of botan­ical sciences.

We hope and expect that the more even mix of open access and sub­scrip­tion access papers will make us even more attract­ive for pub­lic­a­tion of the best novel and sub­stan­tial plant sci­ence, a fea­ture that makes Annals of Botany among the lead­ing broad-spectrum botan­ical Journals. As Chief Editor, I am very happy that we will be able to offer the best of open-access to those authors with appro­pri­ate grants or other fund­ing, while giv­ing other authors from around the world the oppor­tun­ity to pub­lish without any charges.

Editor Pat Heslop-Harrison. ORCID 0000-0002-3105-2167

Pat Heslop-Harrison is Professor of Molecular Cytogenetics and Cell Biology at the University of Leicester. He is also Chief Editor of Annals of Botany.