(Guest post by Victor Hung and Wakey Lau of the SpringerOpen Marketing Team)
Open access membership in China
Many prestigious institutes including the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Fudan University and Shanghai Jiaotong University have joined our Open Access membership program to cover some or all of the publication costs for their researchers when they publish in SpringerOpen, Chemistry Central and BioMed Central journals.
Growth of OA in China
As Joyce Li of BioMed Central described in her blog post earlier in August, “There are various driving forces behind the growth [of OA in China]. Government funding is definitely the most important one. Chinese government heavily invests in research and development to boost scientific research output and its international impact. Almost all funders tend to cover publishing costs including article-processing charges through research grants, although there is no specific budget set aside for open access publishing.
“Life sciences and medicine are the leading fields but physical sciences, engineering and material sciences are also catching up.”
Partnerships with China’s leading societies and institutions
One of the key successes for SpringerOpen is publishing with China’s leading societies and institutions, including Science in China Press (Science Press), Tsinghua University Press and top research universities such as Tsinghua University, Zhejiang University, Beijing Forestry University and Shanghai Jiaotong University. The goal is to bring high-quality Chinese scientific research from China to international attention.
The Physical sciences, engineering, Chemistry and material sciences are the leading publishing fields for Chinese researchers.
Our portfolio of around 30 SpringerOpen journals published in cooperation with Chinese societies and institutions includes the well-established journals, Science China Life Sciences, which is the highly cited and co-sponsored by the Science China Press.
Nano-Micro Letters is a cooperation project with Shanghai Jiao Tong University and publishes monthly, while Protein & Cell is co-published with Higher Education Press LTD. China Finance and Economic Review is sponsored by National Academy of Economic Strategy. Nanoscale Research Letters is fairly large journal and also published lot of papers from Chinese authors.