Accessible for Reading & Sharing
What makes ACR Open Rheumatology different? As its title suggests, the new journal will follow an accessible, open access model, says Jane Diamond, managing editor of A&R and senior director, ACR journal publications.
“Anyone will be able to go online and read the articles,” as well as download or share them with others, says Ms. Diamond. Most articles in both A&R and AC&R are openly accessible only one year after publication. Before that, only ACR members and subscribers may view them in full, except for a minority of articles where a different option has been chosen by the authors. “All articles in ACR Open Rheumatology will be free immediately upon publication for anyone to read, pull out figures or tables, share, publish or reuse anywhere for noncommercial purposes without having to request copyright permission,” she explains.
If their articles are accepted to ACR Open Rheumatology, authors will pay an article publication charge of $2,500, with a discounted charge ($2,000) for ACR member authors. These charges help fund the publication, which has no paid subscriptions. Some foundations and other funders cover article publication charges in their research grants to authors, she notes. For accepted articles submitted during the first six months the submission site is open (i.e., from October 2018 through March 2019), the article publication charge will be waived.