We are pleased to announce the first realisation of an initiative that has been in-development for several years: Open Access digital TRAC Proceedings! But what does this mean? Let us explain.
In 2011, the TRAC Standing Committee negotiated permission from our current Proceedings publisher—Oxbow Books—to make copies of papers from past Proceedings volumes freely available and distributable. Currently, this will include all TRAC papers published by Oxbow between TRAC 1994–TRAC 2009. Papers published in TRAC Proceedings from 2010 onwards will eventually be released in the same Open Access digital format, but we have agreed to a 3-year embargo in order to promote and protect sales of the printed volumes. As each new volume becomes available in print, all the papers from another volume will become available as a free digital download. This year, TRAC 2012 will be printed and available for sale starting with the TRAC 2013 conference in London… TRAC 2011 and TRAC 2010 will remain available only in the print edition, but TRAC 2009‘s papers will become freely available on the TRAC website.
We are excited to finally see this initiative come to fruition. We currently have all the digital files for TRAC volumes from 2004–2008 in-hand, and will be uploading them to the website shortly. We hope that these will be available by the time of next month’s conference in London. Earlier volumes have had to be digitised, and the Standing Committee will report on this progress soon. TRAC 2009 papers will hopefully be available in digital format shortly after the 2013 conference. Hopefully papers from the first three TRAC conferences will also be available through this initiative, but we will need to confirm copyright and permissions issues before we make these available.
We will keep you posted. We hope that you find this useful, and that you’re just as excited about this as we are!
-The TRAC Standing Committee-