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Position statement on Open Access

22 October 2018 publication

Open Access is part of the wider Open Science movement, which calls for greater transparency in the creation of and greater public access to scientific methods, data, and results. Open Access specifically refers to the free availability online of research outputs, including peer reviewed journal articles such as those published by the Microbiology Society.

As a membership charity and independent publisher, we have been offering Open Access publishing through the OpenMicrobiology initiative for many years, and are committed to being as open as possible, supporting not only Open Access but also other Open Science activities. The key word in our open initiatives is sustainability, because revenues from our journals help fund other programmes, including grants, professional development, and even Annual Conference.