Nucleic Acids Research, an Oxford University Press journal in press since 1974, has announced that it will switch to a full open access publication model in 2005. Under the open access model, each online issue of the journal will be made freely available to the public upon publication. Author charges of US $1500 per article accepted for publication have been set to recoup publication costs for OUP.
NAR has provided an option for institutions to purchase an institutional membership to the journal, which will reduce the publication charge for authors to $500. The Magrath Library will purchase the US $2855 institutional membership for UMTC (which comes with a print copy of the journal). University of Minnesota authors published nine articles in NAR in 2003, and three so far in 2004.
NAR was listed in 2003 by the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) as one of the ten "hottest" journals in biology and biochemistry in the last decade. The journal currently ranks #27 out of 261 journals in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology on the ISI Journal Citation Reports Impact Factor list (which includes review-oriented journals as well as primary literature titles). It includes the popular annual Database and Web Server issues, which highlight developments in bioinformatics and computational biology resources.Posted by Kevin Messner at December 29, 2004 2:47 PM