Insight and Outlook – A Review of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Open Access Program


  • Mikhail Popov Royal Society of Chemistry



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To support the transition to Open Access (OA ), the Royal Society of Chemistry introduced the Gold for Gold initiative in 2012, rewarding all institutions subscribing to RSC Gold with voucher codes to make papers available via OA, free of charge.

The ‘Gold for Gold’ scheme started as a pilot for the UK only and was rolled out to universities and research institutes in the rest of the world in 2013. In 2015 more than 700 customers qualified for this project and over 10,000 voucher codes were issued.

We will provide background information and figures about the usage of the vouchers and acceptance of the project. We will review if there is a traceable record of success,  what effect the Gold for Gold project has on the RSC publications, if there is any measurable global impact; and finally what changes to expect in the future.

With this presentation we want to support and add to the discussion around transition to Open Access, to promote Open Science and encourage further development of open access policies.


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Author Biography

Mikhail Popov, Royal Society of Chemistry

Sales Executive – Eastern & Northern Europe

Mikhail manages academic accounts, is responsible for achieving revenue targets and keeping high profile of the RSC in his territory. He performs onsite visits and relevant conferences in order to promote RSC products and publishing services while staying the main point of contact for the academic librarians and scientists. Mikhail has several years of experience in project management (IPMA Level D) and sales, publishing and research.




How to Cite

Popov, M. (2016). Insight and Outlook – A Review of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Open Access Program. Septentrio Conference Series, (1).