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Open Access Editorial

Journal of Circadian Rhythms: 10th anniversary

Roberto Refinetti

Author Affiliations

Circadian Rhythm Laboratory, University of South Carolina, Walterboro, SC, 29488, USA

Journal of Circadian Rhythms 2013, 11:1  doi:10.1186/1740-3391-11-1

Published: 4 January 2013

First paragraph (this article has no abstract)

The year in which this editorial is being published (2013) marks the 10th anniversary of the launch of the Journal of Circadian Rhythms. Back in 2003, I wrote that “various researchers in the United States, Europe, and developing countries believe that scientific publishing in the 21st century will be characterized by open access to (peer-reviewed) articles, freely and universally available on-line to readers worldwide”. Since the launch of the journal, electronic publishing has gone from a rarity to commonplace – and, although there are still many subscription based journals, the success of open access and the “author pays” model is becoming more and more evident. Many large publishers today include fully open access titles within their journal portfolios, and submissions to BioMed Central (the publisher of the Journal of Circadian Rhythms) have increased from under 5000 in 2003 to over 40,000 in 2011 [1].