The Council of the Historical Metallurgy Society is pleased to be able to announce that our journal Historical Metallurgy has become 'Platinum Open Access'. The content is freely accessible to all at https://hmsjournal.org and the journal remains free to publish in - there are no Article Processing Charges! All new content will appear online as it is published, and all our back-copy will also be available (currently the digitisation process extends back to 1990 and the remainder will follow soon).
Our bold decision to go Platinum Open Access means that, unlike most Open Access academic journals, we will not have authors' fees as an income stream. We believe it is essential, particularly in our field, to continue to encourage the free publication of good quality research undertaken without large-scale external funding. Instead of authors' fees, we will be reliant on membership fees for the financial security of the society and of the journal. Effectively, we are asking the historical metallurgy community to crowd-fund this exciting service, for example through becoming and remaining members .
The Society's newsletter The Crucible is also freely available via the Society's website at https://historicalmetallurgy.org/publications/hms-newsletter/.There is a wealth of interesting material contained within the journal from historical, archaeological, metallurgical and engineering perspectives. Warm regards,Peter Northover, HMS Council member
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