ASBMB is Gold and (a fortiori) also Green

Stevan Harnad harnad at
Thu Jan 13 23:00:37 EST 2005

Below is a clarification of the access provision policy of the
American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

The four ASBMB journals -- The Journal of Biological Chemistry,
Molecular and Cellular Proteomics, Journal of Lipid Research, and
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education -- are all Gold: The
first three are made available for free online, via HighWire Press,
from the moment they are accepted, in accordance with ASBMB's 
"Papers in Press" system 
and the fourth is made freely available upon publication.

All gold journals are a-fortiori green too; hence ASBMB is also green
on author self-archiving of both the pre-refereeing preprint and the
peer-reviewed postprint on the author's institutional website. The only
uncertainty (and it is of no importance) was about the publisher's
PDF. The definition of "postprint" is the peer-reviewed final draft:
either the author's version or the publisher's PDF.
Some green publishers allow the local self-archiving of their PDF and
some do not. ASBMB policy on this may be changing, but, as noted, it is of
absolutely no importance: ASBMB is 100% green and 100% gold either way.

Bravo to ASBMB for its exemplary open access provision policy!
Let us hope all four will soon be registered in both the directory
of gold journals
and the directory of green journals

Stevan Harnad
Moderator, American Scientist Open Access Forum

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Thu, 13 Jan 2005 22:01:15 -0500
From: nrodnan at
To: harnad at
Subject: Fw: Inquiry about ASBMB policy on author self-archiving

Dear Stevan,

Dr. Simoni has clarified ASBMB's policy on preprints in his email below. I 
hope this answers all of your questions and that you will let me know when 
you make an "announcement" in regards ASBMB policy. We will also look 
into registering with the websites you provided [Romeo & DOAJ].

I look forward to positive press!

Thank you.

Nancy J. Rodnan
Director of Publications
American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
(301) 634-7145
fax: (301)634-7126
nrodnan at


Robert D. Simoni/ASBMB 01/13/2005 04:54 PM
Inquiry about ASBMB policy on author self-archiving


        Initially we prohibited authors from posting the PDF of the
final version on their web sites and required them to link. That
policy is still in effect as far as I know, though change in
our copyright rules would change that too.

        We have never had a policy against posting or circulating in any
way, pre-prints, papers before acceptance, by authors. This is
a practice that pre-dates electronic publication.

        The new element is what authors can do with their PIPs. I think
we have allowed authors to post their accepted manuscripts,
PIPs, on their web sites and if it is not now a policy, let's
hereby make it so.

Best, Bob

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