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The Max Planck Society and De Gruyter – an Agreement for Open Access

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The Max Planck Society was established in 1911 as the Kaiser Wilhelm Society and it is an independent non-governmental and non-profit association of German research institutes. It currently has more than 80 members conducting research in the natural sciences, life sciences, social sciences, and the arts and humanities.

This very well respected association has now entered into a cooperative venture with the academic publishing house De Gruyter. The agreement covers texts intended for publication, in disciplines such as natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. This applies to both monographs and anthologies.

Under this agreement, The Max Planck Society will gain access to an integrated platform, giving their researchers an opportunity to reach a wider audience. While, for De Gruyter, says Anke Beck, Vice President of Publishing, this cooperation means that: “Publications from the internationally renowned institutes of the Max Planck Society will enrich our program with the highest quality content across all fields of research.”

Ralf Schimmer, Director of the Department of Scientific Information Provision at the Max Planck Digital Library comments further: “In this way, we’re responding to an increasing number of requests from the Max Planck institutes, and are extending the support we give for Open Access publishing from journal articles to the arena of books.”

The cooperation between De Gruyter and The Max Planck Society comes as very good news to scientists, researchers and students. This agreement will provide open access to research conducted within the association. It is worth mentioning that De Gruyter is still expanding its open access presence. In the autumn of 2012, approximately 17, 000 of Versita’s OA articles were also integrated into the platform.

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