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Free access to pharmacy journals under five-year deal with Oxford University Press

Members of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society will have free access to three flagship journals in the Oxford University Press portfolio.

Free access to pharmacy journals under five year deal with Oxford University Press

Paul Bennett, chief executive of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, said that the partnership “means we will be working with the best Society publisher in the world to advance pharmacy practice research and pharmaceutical science”

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) has announced a groundbreaking partnership with Oxford University Press (OUP) to give its members free access to a portfolio of research in pharmacy, pharmacology and the pharmaceutical sciences.

The partnership with the largest university publisher in the world will give RPS members free access to the International Journal of Pharmacy Practice, the Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology and the Journal of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research for the first time.

The journals were previously behind a subscription wall when they were managed by publisher John Wiley & Sons, but RPS members will be able to access them for free from January 2021 as part of their membership.

Bringing together these journals with the journals managed in-house positions The Pharmaceutical Journal as the flagship publication of a portfolio of journals designed to promote the best in pharmacology and pharmacy practice — a fundamental part of the Society’s mission to promote impactful research.

The titles will have flagship status in the OUP portfolio, which has a strong medical journal publishing programme, improving their visibility for librarians and their impact in the UK and internationally. Potential authors will have access to an Author Resource Centre— information that may be of use when preparing, submitting, and tracking their paper through the editorial production process to publication.

Paul Bennett, chief executive of the RPS, said that working in partnership with the OUP “will bring significant benefit to RPS members”.

“Our respective teams at RPS and at Oxford University Press have been working hard to ensure a smooth launch in January 2021, when our members will gain access for the first time to an entire portfolio of research journals as part of their membership.

“This new partnership means we will be working with the best Society publisher in the world to advance pharmacy practice research and pharmaceutical science, and it is incredibly exciting to think about what we can achieve together over the coming years.” 

“Disseminating impactful research is at the core of our role as a Society publisher,” said Karen Baxter, managing director of Pharmaceutical Press. “We are delighted to be able to align our member journal alongside the rest of our journals portfolio and deliver them in a way that benefits both the individual member and the profession.

“I have been hugely impressed by the strategic vision and collaborative working demonstrated by Oxford University Press and look forward to seeing this partnership enhance our journals offering.” 

Deborah Dixon, publishing director of medical journals at OUP, said that OUP is “thrilled to be partnering with the RPS to publish their prestigious journals,Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, International Journal of Pharmacy Practice  andJournal of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research.

“Dissemination of this key content to researchers, pharmacists and other healthcare workers has never been more important, and we are proud that the Society has chosen OUP as their strategic partner.” 

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2021.20208665

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