Valuable Earth and Space Science Research Now More Accessible to the Public

American Geophysical Union to Make Journals Freely Available Online

28 April 2014

Washington, D.C.— The American Geophysical Union (AGU) and Wiley today announced that, starting 1 May, all AGU journal content from 1997 to content published 24 months ago will be made freely available. This change will apply to all articles and supplementary materials from journals that are not already open access, as well as AGU’s weekly newspaper, Eos. It currently represents more than 80,000 journal articles and issues of Eos.  Additional content will continue to become open every month, on a 24-month rolling cycle.

“As the largest publisher of Earth and space science research, not only is it AGU’s responsibility to  advance our science and support the execution of high-quality research, of equal importance is our responsibility to share that knowledge as widely as possible,” said Carol Finn, President, AGU. “Our journals are leading the way in a number of areas, including the quality of our peer review, and we have a wealth of content that is relevant to the interests of the public and civic leaders, policymakers, educators, and citizen scientists. Improving their access by unlocking this content serves our mission to promote discovery in Earth and space science for the benefit of humanity . . . and it will lead to a deeper understanding of natural hazards, water and air quality, land use, ocean resources, use and monitoring of natural resources, and many other critical societal issues.”

In addition to increasing free access to journals online, AGU has also joined the innovative Access to Research initiative through its publishing partner, Wiley. This program provides patrons of U.K. public libraries instant online access to journal content from 1997 to the present at the library.

“Wiley supports the Access to Research initiative and the constructive engagement between publishers and public libraries which has led to the launch of this innovative project,” said Sue Joshua, Legal Director, Global Research, Wiley. “Our society partners are also enthusiastic about the project which provides online access in public libraries to the latest peer-reviewed research from around the world. Together, we will develop a much better understanding of how to meet the demand for expert, reliable knowledge, which we believe will grow over the term of the pilot.”

This new policy marks the latest innovation in AGU’s publishing strategy, which already includes providing access to developing nations through its participation in the Research4Life program, enabling more than 5,000 institutions to freely access AGU’s content. In addition to these new programs, AGU offers Green Open Access after six months that allows a copy to be placed in a repository, and it also offers three fully open access journals – JAMES, Earth’s Future, and the recently announced Earth and Space Science, which will publish its first articles later this year.

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