TAPPI Journal Changes Publishing Model to Improve Accessibility

The TAPPI Board of Directors voted to adopt a fully Open Access (OA) publishing model for TAPPI Journal (TJ) to more rapidly disseminate the latest and most relevant scientific and engineering knowledge to advance the forest products and related industries. TJ will maintain its stringent peer-review process and distinguished editorial board of academic and industry experts that set it apart as a reliable source for impactful basic and applied research and technical reviews.

The new TJ OA model gives everyone in the industry immediate, free access to the articles as soon as the issue is published. Articles that were previously embargoed will also be available as free downloads. TJ’s previous publishing model provided members free access to the current year’s articles while nonmembers had to pay for downloads.

Many research studies have indicated OA articles receive a significant advantage in terms of the number of citations they receive. More citations serve to improve the visibility of the science, as well as the reputation of a journal. The OA format will also be able to better help researchers meet their funding and grant application requirements. As in the past, the copyright remains with the author, and unlike other technical journals, TJ does not require a publication fee.

“The Editorial Board is very excited about this change,” said Doug Coffin, TJ’s Editor-in-Chief, “Our authors are eager to get their research out there. We are confident this move will not only help improve exposure to their research, but also use and application of the important research contained in each issue, as well as increasing submissions.”

Prospective authors from academic and research institutions, as well as speakers who present scientific papers at TAPPI conferences, are encouraged to submit their research for peer review and consideration for publication in TJ. As an added incentive, your paper could be awarded the $2,000 Honghi Tran TAPPI Journal Best Research Paper Prize presented at TAPPICon. Submit your abstract today at tappi.org/tjsubmit.

For more information, visit TAPPI’s website.

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