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Open Access

What is Open Access?

With Open Access publication, peer-reviewed papers are published online and are instantly freely available.

This means your manuscripts reach the largest possible audience because anyone can access your work from anywhere for free.

Open Access papers tend to enjoy more full-text downloads than papers kept behind subscription paywalls and provide additional options for re-use of content.


Open Access at the JXB

At the Journal of Experimental Botany (JXB), our Open Access model is unique among plant science journals.

We offer two routes to Open Access publication:

(1) Authors are offered free Open Access publication for research papers if their institution subscribes to the JXB.

(2) Alternatively, the Journal offers a complimentary twelve-month subscription to the institution of any author who chooses to pay for Open Access through the Oxford Open scheme.

Over 80 per cent of research papers published by the Journal are Open Access.

There are no page charges to publish in the JXB, and colour publication is free for Society of Experimental Biology members. Non-members are charged £100/$190/€150 (+VAT) per colour figure or table in print. Full membership to the SEB for one year costs £60.


How is Open Access funded?

Income from the sale of subscriptions continues to fund the majority of our publication costs. The only way that we can operate without imposing large publication fees or page charges is by the maintenance of our subscriber base. We therefore are pleased to reward our subscribers with exclusive benefits in addition to our primary publications and free Open Access publication.

In 2015, the JXB will publish ten Special Issues, which contain reviews and opinion papers, in addition to our prestigious Darwin Reviews. An institutional subscription to the Journal provides exclusive access to these papers as well as any primary papers that remain under subscription control.

The cost of a full online subscription to the JXB in 2015 is £1,417/$2,833/€2,126. On a cost per page basis this represents a highly competitive price. It is cheaper than any other comparable plant science journal without page charges or subsidy.