RSC Gold for Gold goes global

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The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) is rolling out its 'Gold for Gold' open-access (OA) initiative worldwide. 'Gold for Gold' was launched in the UK in July as an experiment to support British researchers as they began the funder-led transition to gold OA.
UK research institutions who are 'RSC Gold' customers were provided with credits equal in value to their subscription payment to make their papers available via Open Science - the RSC's gold OA option.

According to RSC, this initiative equated to the publisher donating over £1 million worth of article publication fees (APCs) to the UK research community during 2012.
The response from the community is said to have been excellent and the number of universities from across the UK signed up to 'Gold for Gold' now approaches 60.
RSC said that, following 'incredibly positive feedback from UK researchers' and enquiries from the US, Japan, Australia, Denmark, and many other nations, it will offer 'Gold for Gold' across the world in 2013.  

This global initiative will credit universities worldwide with over £5 million worth of voucher codes to make their research papers available through the RSC's OA option - at no cost to researchers.
RSC Publishing managing director, James Milne commented: 'We launched 'Gold for Gold' as a pilot in the UK in direct response to the UK's funder-led move towards gold OA publishing. The pilot has allowed us to improve our systems and processes, to streamline the activity for authors and to make OA a simple procedure for all those involved.'