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An Open Letter to Oxford University Press on Publishing

April 2nd, 2017 | Posted by rmounce in Publishing - (Comments Off on An Open Letter to Oxford University Press on Publishing)


From: Ross Mounce <>

Subject: An Open Letter to Oxford University Press on Publishing


Date: Sun, 2 Apr 2017 16:55:50 +0100
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Dear Oxford University Press,

The problems at Oxford University Press (OUP) journals have been
going-on far too long.

It is affecting our ability to do research.

OUP have known about these problems since mid-January yet so many
critical problems still remain unresolved. Where is all the
supplementary materials for MBE and GBE? Where are the “missing” 16
years worth of full text MBE articles?

Providing access to research is the most basic job of a publisher,
yet OUP are failing to do even this simple task at the moment.

The situation is simply outrageous.

On behalf of over 50 signatories representing postdocs, principal
investigators, professors, and others from institutions around the
world, I attach a formal open letter of complaint about the abysmal
service being provided by OUP, in the hope that OUP might finally
provide adequate responses to the various problems detailed therein.


Dr Ross Mounce

Postdoctoral Research Associate & Software Sustainability Fellow
Department of Plant Sciences
University of Cambridge