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Paris, France – 1 June, 2024. EDP Sciences and the Société Française de Radioprotection (SFRP) are thrilled to announce that the journal Radioprotection will transition to Open Access (OA) under the Subscribe to Open (S2O) model in 2024. This move, made possible through subscriber backing and additional financial support from SFRP, reflects our ongoing commitment to enhancing accessibility to scientific research and fostering a more inclusive knowledge-sharing environment. An editorial has been published in Radioprotection, offering further insights into the background and implications of this significant transition to Open Access.

In 2023, efforts to move Radioprotection to OA under the S2O model did not meet the necessary subscription and financial thresholds. However, financial backing from SFRP and renewed support from our subscribers this year has enabled us to achieve our target, ensuring that all articles from the start of 2024 are freely accessible, promoting greater dissemination of knowledge and contributing to the advancement of the field of radiation protection.

Key Features of the Radioprotection S2O Model:

  • No Article Processing Charges (APCs) - Authors can publish their work without the financial burden of APCs, a significant step toward equitable scientific communication. Additionally, authors retain copyright ownership, ensuring compliance with open access mandates from institutions and funders.
  • Enhanced Accessibility and Visibility - Open access increases the visibility of research, leading to a potential increase in citations and impact. This enhances the reach and utility of work published in Radioprotection.
  • Continuous Access to Archives - Subscribers will benefit from uninterrupted access to the Archive which spans back to 1966, as well as all content in 2024, ensuring that institutions have comprehensive coverage of advancements in radiation protection.
  • Early access to forthcoming articles – Subscribers will have exclusive early access to articles upon acceptance.

Dr. Anne Ruimy, Publishing Director at EDP Sciences commented, "Reflecting on last year, the successful transition to open access for Radioprotection this year represents a significant achievement. We are profoundly grateful for the support from our subscribers, and our partnership with the SFRP, whose renewed and strong contributions have been pivotal in achieving this success." She went on to say, "Additionally, the S2O model, by not introducing volume incentives, directly addresses the challenges posed by paper mills and reinforces our commitment to preserving the integrity and credibility of the research we publish."

“We have adopted the Subscribe to Open model with EDP Sciences, enabling Radioprotection to transition to open access in 2024. This model ensures that all our articles this year will be freely accessible enabling a broader audience to engage with and benefit from the latest research in radiological protection," commented Drs Michel Bourguignon and Jean Marc Bertho, Editors-in-Chief of Radioprotection. “As the first journal in its field to transition to open access, Radioprotection ensures that significant research on important topics such as breast cancer, the Fukushima disaster, and radiation biology becomes freely accessible, contributing to global scientific knowledge and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 3 of Good Health and Well-being."

While we celebrate this milestone, the sustainability of the S2O model depends on continued support through annual subscription renewals. We encourage more libraries and institutions to support us by subscribing, ensuring the longevity and success of open access for Radioprotection.


For further information, contact:

Charlotte Van Rooyen

Director of Marketing and Communications, EDP Sciences

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About Radioprotection:

Radioprotection is a peer-reviewed journal dedicated to all aspects of radiological protection, including both ionizing and non-ionizing radiations. It is published by EDP Sciences on behalf of the Société Française de Radioprotection (SFRP). The journal covers a range of topics from research and development to education and training in radiation protection. For more information, visit the website.

About Radioprotection’s Subscribe to Open Model

Subscribe to Open (S2O) is an innovative subscription model endorsed by cOAlition S, using traditional subscription mechanisms to support open access. Institutions subscribe as usual, and provided subscription targets are met, the journal remains openly accessible, promoting equitable knowledge distribution. In 2024, Radioprotection will offer unrestricted access to its articles, with annual evaluations based on subscription renewals. For more information, see the S2O FAQs.

About EDP Sciences

Founded in 1920 by a distinguished group of French learned societies including eminent scientists like Marie Curie, Paul Langevin and Louis de Broglie, EDP Sciences today publishes high-quality scientific journals, conferences proceeding, books and magazines in a broad range of scientific, technical, and medical disciplines. In 2024, Radioprotection is joining Astronomy & Astrophysics and our entire mathematics portfolio to Open Access under the S2O model. This has enabled unrestricted access to a broad swath of critical scientific research across diverse fields. EDP Sciences remains dedicated to advancing open access initiatives across our portfolio, reflecting our century-long commitment to facilitating the dissemination of scientific knowledge.