Oryx is committed to supporting all conservationists, with flexible discounts and waivers available for authors who do not have funds to pay for publication.
- Why publish open access?
- Is there a charge for publishing in Oryx?
- How can authors obtain funding for publication?
- Can authors without funds publish in Oryx?
- What other support is Oryx receiving to cover the costs of publication?
- What does open access mean for members of Fauna & Flora International?
Open access publishing under a Creative Commons licence makes scholarly research permanently and freely available to view, download and share. Depending on the licence chosen, readers may also redistribute, re-use and adapt the content in new works. This allows scientists, practitioners, journalists, policy makers and members of the general public to read, download and share journal content freely, ensuring that everybody can benefit from and build upon the work. This improves the impact, reach and citation of open access publications.
To help secure biodiversity and the environment, conservation research needs to be read and shared widely, without barriers to access. By making content available freely online, Oryx supports conservation scientists and practitioners globally and helps to maximize the impact of vital research that has the potential to improve conservation management and practice. Since Oryx transitioned to open access in January 2021, the monthly number of views and downloads of articles has approximately tripled.
Like most open access journals, Oryx is in part funded through article processing charges, usually paid by authors’ institutions or funders. We don’t expect authors to pay article processing out of their own pocket. Many authors are covered by institutional agreements, meaning there is no publishing charge for individual authors. Authors not covered by such agreements who don’t have access to funds to pay an article processing charge can request a waiver.
The article processing charge for publishing in Oryx in 2022 is £1,950/$2,950 (£975/$1,475 for Short Communications). Upon acceptance for publication the corresponding author will be contacted by RightsLink on behalf of Cambridge University Press, who will administer the collection of the article processing charge. At that stage the corresponding author can pay by credit card or arrange for an invoice to be issued to their funding body or institution.
Transitional funding from the Rufford Foundation
The Rufford Foundation is a major long-term supporter of Oryx, and also funded the development of the journal’s Writing for Conservation guide. The Foundation recognizes the value of open access publishing and the special role that Oryx plays in building capacity and enabling researchers to publish their research no matter where they live or work, and is supporting the journal’s transition to open access. This grant from The Rufford Foundation also allows us to make historical content freely available: volumes 1–54 of Oryx (1950–2020) are now free to access.
Other donors and individual supporters
Oryx is grateful for the support of additional donors such as the John Spedan Lewis Foundation and Thriplow Charitable Trust, and of individual members of Fauna & Flora International, whose subscriptions grant exclusive access to print copies and/or a magazine-style online view of the journal.
Members of Fauna & Flora International who have opted to receive Oryx will continue to receive print copies and/or an online magazine view of each issue, depending on their personal preference. The support of our members remains vital for Oryx, especially now that the journal is open access and no longer funded via library subscriptions. Membership contributions allow us to support all conservationists, no matter where they live or work.
An additional member benefit is a 15% discount on the article processing charge to publish in Oryx.