Press Release

Accucoms secures transformative agreements with BUAP Mexico for The Royal Society and Microbiology Society

The Hague, 27 February 2023

Both these transformative agreements between the Meritorious Autonomous University of Puebla (BUAP) in Mexico start in 2023 and were made possible by Anouk Snijders, Accucoms’ Commercial Manager for Latin America.

For The Royal Society, BUAP is the first institution in Mexico and in Latin America to sign a Read & Publish agreement. BUAP researchers will have the opportunity of unlimited OA publishing without APC charges in all journals of The Royal Society, while also having unrestricted access to the full portfolio of journals, including the complete archive of over 350 years of research.

The agreement between Microbiology Society and BUAP also offers the institution unlimited fee-free OA publishing in all journals of the Society, as well as access to the entire archive of Society content, back to 1947. BUAP is the second institution in Mexico and the fourth in Latin America to sign a Read & Publish agreement with the Microbiology Society.

“For BUAP these agreements mean giving greater national and international visibility to the researchers of this university, and they respond to the expectations of intellectual development and the possibilities of growth of our researchers,” said Ing. Paola Adriana Rodriguez Leyva, Information Resources Administration Manager at the BUAP Central Library. “BUAP has been increasing its scientific production, and growing the number of publications in journals of international prestige will provide greater recognition to the research carried out in our institution.”

Mtra. Ana Jacqueline Valerio Venegas, Process Monitoring Manager at the BUAP Central Library, comments: “Increasing the visibility of BUAP researchers and scientific production in prestigious international journals can have many benefits for the institution and its members, such as greater recognition, prestige, and visibility of BUAP researchers in the scientific community; greater impact and dissemination of the research carried out; and increased national and international funding and support for BUAP, opening up new opportunities for the institution and its researchers. These new transformative agreements can contribute significantly to the intellectual development and growth of the institution.”

“We are very pleased to announce this new agreement with BUAP in Mexico – our first Read & Publish agreement in the region, and it demonstrates the reach of the Society’s model and will help us to further progresses our Open Access transformation,” said Graham Anderson, Head of Publishing Operations at The Royal Society.

Alex Chan, Journal Sales and Business Leads at Microbiology Society, comments: “BUAP is the second institution in Mexico to join our Publish and Read agreement through our local partner Accucoms. Our agreement enables corresponding authors at BUAP to publish accepted research articles Open Access without charge in Microbiology Society journals. Accucoms has been building on the success of our Open Access initiative in Latin America. We are confident that their excellent relationships with libraries, plus their ability to provide top quality local support, will enable more researchers in Latin America to benefit from uncapped, immediate and fee-free OA publishing in our journals through Publish & Read agreements.”

“It has been a pleasure to work closely with our long-time customer BUAP Mexico to show them the value of transformative agreements offered by our publishers, and I’m happy that they are among the first institutions in Mexico and Latin America to adopt these agreements and offer the benefits of free OA publishing to their researchers. It is exciting to see the growing interest in the region in Read & Publish / Publish & Read models, and I’m confident more institutions will follow BUAP’s example in the coming years,” said Anouk Snijders, Commercial Manager Latin America at Accucoms.

About the Meritorious Autonomous University of Puebla (BUAP)

The Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (BUAP) (Meritorious Autonomous University of Puebla) is the oldest and largest university in Puebla, Mexico. Founded on 15 April 1578 as Colegio del Espíritu Santo, the school was sponsored by the Society of Jesus during most of the Spanish colonial era before turning into a public college in 1825 and eventually into a public university in 1937. The institution’s motto is: “Pensar bien para vivir mejor” (Spanish for “To think well, so as to live better”). BUAP constitutes a great pillar of higher education and scientific research in the region, and occupies a prominent place among the country’s public universities, thanks to the joint effort of all the members of the institution. https://www.buap.mx/

About The Royal Society

The Royal Society is the oldest scientific publisher in the world and has published scientific journals since 1665, covering all scientific disciplines. Their international, peer reviewed journals publish high quality science. The Society’s fundamental purpose, reflected in its founding Charters of the 1660s, is to recognize, promote, and support excellence in science and to encourage the development and use of science for the benefit of humanity. www.royalsociety.org/journals

About Microbiology Society

The Microbiology Society is a membership charity for scientists interested in microbes, their effects and their practical uses. It is one of the largest microbiology societies in Europe with a worldwide membership based in universities, industry, hospitals, research institutes and schools. Our principal goal is to develop, expand and strengthen the networks available to our members so that they can generate new knowledge about microbes and ensure that it is shared with other communities. The impacts from this will drive us towards a world in which the science of microbiology provides maximum benefit to society. www.microbiologyresearch.org 

About Accucoms

We are the leading provider of sales and marketing services to academic and professional publishers worldwide. We have extensive expertise in global representation for clients ranging from large publishing houses to specialist society publishers. We work on behalf of publishers to help boost their sales, expand their readership, and increase customer retention and engagement in the markets that are important to them. www.accucoms.com