17 October 2022

Optica Publishing Group signs Read and Publish agreements with IReL and Jisc

Multi-year deals will enable authors at member institutions to have ongoing access to read and to publish in leading optics journals

WASHINGTON, — Optica Publishing Group (formerly OSA) is pleased to announce two new Read and Publish agreements, one with the Irish Research eLibrary (IReL) and another with Jisc, the UK higher, further education and skills sectors’ not-for-profit organization for digital services and solutions. The agreements allow authors at nine institutions in Ireland and at 22 institutions in the United Kingdom to publish in Optica Publishing Group’s portfolio of high-quality optics and photonics journals.

Both agreements run through December 2024 and cover access to read Optica Publishing Group’s collection of the most-cited, peer-reviewed content in the field as well as the fees associated with publishing articles openly and immediately with a CC BY license.

“Optics and photonics researchers in Ireland and the UK have long been active members of our community,” said Elizabeth Nolan, Optica Publishing Group’s Deputy Executive Director and Chief Publishing Officer. “Throughout the years, they have regularly made significant and influential contributions to our journals. We are excited to be working with IReL and Jisc to support researchers in both of these countries and to ensure that they can continue to read and publish in our journals while simultaneously meeting the obligations of their funders.”

“We are thrilled to offer the UK sector an agreement that will allow optics and photonics researchers to publish their work as open access in 10 journals within the Optica Publishing Group portfolio,” said Anna Vernon, Head of portfolio and content licensing at Jisc. “It’s equally important that this deal enables greater access to a range of quality content in this field of research.”

Matthew Barber is a Ph.D. student and author based at the University of Southampton in the UK. On learning that his institution is participating in a new agreement with Optica Publishing Group, he said, “I'm very pleased there is now a Read and Publish agreement for the journals that are particularly important for our field. The Jisc agreement is a positive step forward that will allow us to easily make our work open access in line with our funder’s requirements.”

“IReL are excited to work with Optica Publishing Group on one of their first Read and Publish agreements,” said Jack Hyland, Director of IReL. “It is important that IReL provide the widest possible choice of open access publishing options to our members, so we are delighted to add Optica Publishing Group to our growing list of over 20 transformative agreements.”

Louise Bradley leads the Nanophotonics and Plasmonics group in the School of Physics at Trinity College Dublin. On learning that her recent article was eligible for publication as part of the new agreement she said, “I was delighted to learn that my institution has joined this agreement between Optica Publishing Group and IReL. Being able to both read and publish in Optica Publishing Group journals is very important to the success of my research.”

Details of the institutions and journals included in the agreements are available at https://opg.optica.org/submit/review/institutional_OA.cfm#institutionalOA.

About IReL

IReL is a consortium of Irish research libraries. Established in 2004, it provides participating member institutions with access to a wide range of licensed e-resources, open access publishing agreements with over 20 publishers, and open science infrastructure.  IReL is based in Maynooth University.

About Jisc

Jisc is supporting higher education with the transition to open access through the sector-led negotiation of a range of transitional (transformative) and open access agreements that enable UK research output to be published open access in accordance with UK funder policies. They also negotiate sector-wide deals with IT vendors, operate shared digital infrastructure and services, and provide trusted advice and practical assistance for universities, colleges, and learning providers.

About Optica Publishing Group (formerly OSA)

Optica Publishing Group is a division of the society, Optica (formerly OSA), Advancing Optics and Photonics Worldwide. It publishes the largest collection of peer-reviewed and most-cited content in optics and photonics, including 18 prestigious journals, the society’s flagship member magazine, and papers and videos from more than 835 conferences. With over 400,000 journal articles, conference papers and videos to search, discover and access, our publications portfolio represents the full range of research in the field from around the globe.

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