A ton of 2+ year-old AGU journal articles are now open access!

A post by Chris RowanGood news everyone! Last week, the AGU announced that from now on all of its journal content will be made freely available 2 years after initial publication. The open access window extends all the way back to articles published in 1997, which according to the AGU press release currently represents about 80,000 journal articles now accessible to anyone who wants to read them.

Professor Farnsworth can now read that GRL article he's been trying to get hold of for ages (from the Futurama Wiki).

Professor Farnsworth can now read that GRL article he’s been trying to get hold of for ages (from the Futurama Wiki).

I have to confess that I was not particularly chuffed when production of the AGU journals shifted to Wiley a couple of years ago. But if that was a move that made opening up the back catalogue like this feasible, then I am a little bit happier. Especially since a number of papers I am an author on are now freely available to anyone who wants to read them. And since my current institution does not subscribe to a couple of the AGU journals that are important in my field, its a professional plus, too. And who knows? Maybe this AGU member will finally be able to reliably access EOS. The two year-old editions, anyway.

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Comments (1)

  1. Lab Lemming says:

    Is that a result of the Wiley move, or is that where your $30 per head (times 30,000 heads) membership hike is going?

    I don’t see how these can be related. If AGU still controlled their own journals, what would be stopping them from opening them?

    If it is your society, why don’t you actually know the inside story?