23rd March 2020
Message from Annie Callanan, CEO, Taylor & Francis Group
As the spread of COVID-19 around the world continues, Taylor & Francis remains committed to ensuring all relevant research is available to those who are at the forefront of research into mitigating its impact. Our imperative is to enable experts to pool our collective wisdom to combat this disease.
In addition, we are committed to supporting our customers as they increasingly move to remote learning and instruction.
This is how we are helping:
Providing free access to vital research
We are supporting researchers, journals and funders to ensure that all research findings and data relevant to COVID-19 are shared rapidly and openly to inform the public health response and ultimately help save lives.
We have centralised access to relevant Taylor & Francis journal articles and book chapters through www.taylorandfrancis.com/coronavirus.
F1000Research has created a dedicated Gateway to showcase research published in this area, including preprints, to ensure immediate access to the latest research developments https://f1000research.com/gateways/disease_outbreaks/coronavirus
As signatories to NIH’s Access to Research initiative, along with the Wellcome Trust’s coordinated action on sharing research data and findings relevant to the outbreak, we have been working with WHO to ensure this content is clearly signposted. We commend the OSTP’s initiative to centralise resources on PubMed and are currently working with them to ensure rapid human and machine-readable access (where possible) to research articles and data through the NLM’s Litcovid portal.
Prioritising rapid publication of COVID-19 materials
We are working with our editors to prioritise peer review of all relevant research. We are also focusing our workflow to ensure that materials related to the outbreak are fast-tracked through the publication process once they are approved. Editors are proactively encouraging authors to publish and share the data that forms the basis of their research in line with FAIR data principles, and our own data policies.
Supporting remote learning
We do not anticipate any disruption to service on our Taylor & Francis Online and Taylor & Francis Ebooks platforms. Our staff are on hand to help if users are experiencing any difficulties with remote access, and we will ensure that guidance on how to do this remains updated.
We are proud to be working with several partners to support access to our ebooks and etextbooks. For students who are no longer able to access core textbooks on campus because their university has closed, we are providing free access to ebooks through our partnerships with VitalSource, Kortext (in conjunction with JISC), and Red Shelf through the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester.
We have temporarily stopped offering print inspection copies, print desk copies, and print media review copies. We are committed to ensuring customers have access to books and given the increasing uncertainty on print delivery, our ebook option for these services is our most reliable delivery and access option.