Versita Launches Largest Ever Open Access Journal Program
LONDON, May 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –
Academic publisher Versita announced today the launch of a new program of Open Access
journals. 100 Emerging Science Journals are being launched in 2012. The program’s focus is
on young and rapidly developing fields of science, which have not yet been covered by a
designated journal. The emerging topics have been identified in Life Sciences, Chemistry,
Medicine, Physics and Mathematics.
The Emerging Science Journals program has already won support in the research
community. Many distinguished scientists have become members of the editorial boards of
the journals – among them Sir Harold Kroto, Professor at Florida State University, 1996
Nobel Laureate in Chemistry; most recent Nobel Prize Winner in Medicine – Prof. Jules A.
Hoffmann or one of world’s top chemists – prof. Didier Astruc. The journal editors hail
from the world’s most prestigious universities and research institutes, such as Harvard
University, University of California, Berkeley, Stanford University, Massachusetts
Institute of Technology (MIT), University of Cambridge, or Max Planck Institute.
One of the main reasons of this outstanding support is the Open Access publishing
model, which provides free and unlimited access to the journal articles for all interested
readers. In view of Academic Spring – and with Open Access gaining a momentum across
scholar communities worldwide – Versita is not planning any publication fees for the first
two years. Still, the journals will use sophisticated online submission and hosting
technology solutions, and will be covered by all applicable abstracting databases.
“The emerging topics identified by Versita have all been experiencing growing interest
among scientists in recent years. We believe that starting this publishing program in open
access format will facilitate dissemination of the latest research results, making the
journals the primary publishing options and a default communication hubs for authors
writing in these scientific areas.” comments Jacek Ciesielski, founder and CEO of Versita.
Besides Emerging Science Journals, Versita http://www.versita.com publishes about
250 own and third-party scholarly journals across many disciplines, most of them in Open
Access model. This makes Versita one of the largest Open Access publishers in the world.
The company was established in 2001 by Jacek Ciesielski. In January 2012 Versita was
acquired by De Gruyter http://www.degruyter.com, which has impressive 260-year
history, and today publishes over 800 books a year, and over 500 journals and electronic
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