Oxford Journals is committed to working with the global community to bring the highest quality research to the widest possible audience; and to protecting the environment by implementing environmentally friendly policies and practices wherever possible.
Our mission is to bring the highest quality research to the widest possible audience. This is why we offer developing countries free or greatly reduced rate access to many of our journals, through various initiatives, including:
For more information please visit our Developing Countries Initiatives page.
For suppliers of outsourced publishing services such as printing and distribution, outside the UK and US, Oxford Journals undertakes to work only with suppliers who are audited by 'prelims', an umbrella organisation for publishers who are concerned that their products are ethically produced. This is an international standard for social accountability.
The companies involved in prelims work to promote and implement a common, internationally recognised social accountability standard, which they themselves and their suppliers must adhere to. The standard covers areas including working conditions, health and safety issues, adequate remuneration, working hours, and the prohibition of the use of child or forced labour.
Whilst investing in new technologies to complement our traditional paper-based products, and supporting the growth of paperless methods of publishing, Oxford Journals continues to play a responsible role as a major purchaser of paper. We aim to reduce any environmentally-damaging impact by adhering to a paper procurement policy which stipulates the use of sustainable materials.
We use paper from sustainably managed forests. Nearly all journals and promotional materials are now printed using paper from sustainable sources, which has been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council scheme (FSC), the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes (PEFC), or the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI).
The FSC (Forest Stewardship Council, http://www.fsc.org) is a non-profit organisation founded in 1993 and key supporters include Greenpeace, World Wildlife Fund, many indigenous peoples' organisations, timber traders and retailers and members of printing industries worldwide. The Chain-of-Custody certification shows the businesses comply with the highest social and environmental practices, supporting the world's forests and timber resources. The FSC supports forests, ensuring they are conserved for future generations. It tracks certified material from the forest through the production process all the way to the point of sale.
The PEFC Council (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification schemes, http://www.pefc.org) is a non-profit organisation founded in 1999 which promotes sustainably managed forests through independent third party certification. The PEFC provides an assurance mechanism to purchasers of wood and paper products that they are promoting the sustainable management of forests.
SFI forest certification (Sustainable Forestry Initiative, http://www.sfiprogram.org/) promotes responsible forestry practices. To be certified, forest operations across the USA and Canada must be audited against the SFI forest standard. SFI chain-of-custody certification extends into the marketplace by tracking fibre content from certified lands through production and manufacturing to the end product. This standard is assured through independent third-party certification.
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Biodegradable wrappers will be used for mailing journals, where available. On some titles, no wrappers are used, in the US. We hope to expand this in consultation with our library customers and in compliance with local postal regulations.
Oxford Journals is committed to protecting the environment, and implements environmentally friendly policies and practices wherever possible, for example: