Our commitment to open access at Taylor & Francis

Video and transcript

Every researcher should have relevant, realistic options to publish and share their work openly.

At Taylor & Francis, we're helping to make this happen through Choose Open – a progressive program to provide a framework for open research and open access.

Our continuously evolving range of tools, services, and products are designed to help you open up the research process, share findings and deliver impact.

Hear from our Head of Open Research, Matthew Cannon, and our Director of Open Access, Emma Greenwood, about Taylor & Francis' Commitment to open access. Whether you are a researcher, funder, scholarly society, or research institution, we have a solution to help you Choose Open.

Transcript and audio description

Matthew Cannon: I love to travel and I've been really lucky to be able to travel to academic conferences or to meet with societies all over the world.

Emma Greenwood: I love swimming. We've got an open-air pool really nearby, but also we've got a lake.

Matthew: It's a good opportunity to meet new people and get to experience different cities.

Emma: I go for a walk every morning, then normally swim every evening. So it's pretty nice.

Matthew: I'm Matthew Cannon, Head of Open Research for Taylor & Francis.

Emma: I'm Emma Greenwood. I'm Director of Open Access at Taylor & Francis.

Matthew: Taylor and Francis is a publishing company focused on academic research.

Throughout the video, audio of Matthew and Emma is supplemented by various shots including a Taylor & Francis staff meeting, researchers consuming digital and printed content, journals being printed on a press, aerial shots of cities and towns, and a shot of a 'download' icon on a computer screen.

Emma: They publish in all areas of academia. So from social sciences to humanities, medicine, life sciences, and physical sciences, so across the full spectrum.

Matthew: So we help academics all over the world to take their research and turn it into journal articles or books.

Emma: I head up the open access part. I work with all of the different subject teams on growing and developing our open access business.

I also work with the peer review team on the publications. I work with the technology team and the product team on the workflows around open access is all about developing our open access journals so that we have the best possible journals for our researchers.

Open access is all about making the content freely accessible to all. So on a permanent basis, anybody, anywhere in the world can access the content and it's also about the ability to build upon the research. So it really helps to advance research progress as well.

Matthew: As Head of Open Research I'm involved in setting workflows and policies to increase the reproducibility of the journals that we publish. Giving presentations at conferences, like taking the work that we've done and presenting it to the people who will be most affected by it. So telling them about improvements that we've made to journals and publishing that will help them meet the goals of their research. And it's about trying to solve current problems with the publishing industry and the publishing landscape, working with people from different publishers, and really improve the quality of our journals.

I think it is a lot about the people. I think it's making good relationships, but also being able to find ways of working together that are mutually beneficial.

Emma: I did a PhD in Cell Biology, but I didn't want to stay in academia. So publishing really allowed me to stay close to the research and open access really was growing over that time. So the whole time I've been at Taylor & Francis, I've been involved in open access.

Matthew: I've been at Taylor & Francis for quite a long time. I started in 2008 in the editorial department as an editorial assistant in a variety of roles working on society journals in different subject areas. And for the last two years been working in this open science position.

Emma: I do believe open access is the future for publishing. There are different models of open access and exactly how we affect that transition when different subject areas and different geographical regions are moving towards open access at different paces. It does remain a challenge.

Matthew: I feel like in the current climate there has been a lot of focus on scientific research, but also kind of economics and policy. And hopefully, by having more focus on open research practices, we can make the research process more efficient.

Emma: Open access is just such a positive area to be in because it just feels like you are making the world better. So people in areas where they wouldn't have the funds to be able to pay subscriptions for journals now get that content for free.

Matthew: More research can be done. More results can be found more quickly, and those results can be more trusted. By putting in more of these policies on our journals, we can make an impact to society.

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