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Genetics Selection Evolution
Springer (Biomed Central Ltd.)
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DOI: 10.1186/1297-9686-40-5-465
  • Editorial
  • Economics
  • Medicine


g40500fgse 465..466 Editorial GSE MOVES TO OPEN ACCESS PUBLISHING We are pleased to announce that from 1st January 2009 GSE will become the first ‘‘Open Access’’ (OA) journal dedicated to original research on genetics and selection in farm and experimental animals. With this editorial, we would like to introduce OA and provide some reasons leading to this decision. For the past two years, there has been much debate about OA as a viable economic model for publishing science. We feel that the current subscription- based system restricts availability and circulation of scientific information. INRA, a French public research body that owns GSE, adheres to the Open Access principles and has signed the ‘‘2003 Berlin declaration on Open Access to knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities’’. Although the financial situation of GSE in 2007 is stable and subscriptions come from over 45 countries, we feel that the number of subscriptions is a strong limitation on the journal’s readership and recognition. In recent years, GSE has gradually prepared for this conversion i.e. free access to its articles 12 months after publication, a low fee Open Access option and, since September 2007, free access to the entire collection of back issues of GSE since 1969. The efficiency of this policy is illustrated by the increasing number of articles downloaded, around 160 000 in 2007. Open Access is defined as: free, immediate, permanent and full-text online access, for any user, to peer reviewed research. OA articles are archived in freely accessible international repositories including PubMed Central. Authors retain copyright and agree that anyone is free to copy, distribute or display the work provided that the original authors are given credit. The economic basis is that authors are charged a fee to have their work published instead of the readers to access articles. We believe that this type of publication cost can be met through research grants and represents only a small percentage of research budgets. Th

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