Prometheus goes open access
In 2019, Prometheus changed publishers from Taylor & Francis to Pluto Journals, and began to distribute papers through JSTOR from January 2020. JSTOR (standing for Journal Storage) is a not-for-profit organisation providing Internet access to some of the most important scholarly journals in a variety of academic fields. The distribution arrangement with JSTOR will continue through 2021.
Meanwhile, Prometheus has been flipped to open access on JSTOR. This means that the world will be able to read our upcoming papers for free on JSTOR. Our current and upcoming issues, as well as all our back issues, can be accessed for free on this website.
The journal’s publisher, Pluto Journals, successfully flipped its complete portfolio of 21 titles to open access from 2021. The project, Pluto Open Journals, was realised in partnership with Knowledge Unlatched, and supported by Libraria, the conceivers of the ground-breaking subscribe-to-open (S2O) model. Libraria is a group of anthropologists and other social scientists committed to open access. Pluto Journals has asked those libraries and institutions currently subscribing to any of its journals to renew for 2021 on the S2O basis, thus contributing to making these journals completely free to readers and authors all over the world.
This is a great opportunity for Prometheus and its authors. Papers that are available through open access are much more widely-read than papers published under the traditional subscription model. Since its launch in 1983, Prometheus has pushed against the established boundaries. The journal publishes critical papers, those that express – and justify – opinions on innovation issues. It challenges prevailing views, and it encourages debate. Open access should allow Prometheus to increase its influence, to make its mark where only conventional views have been acceptable.