Nature Publishing Group is launching a new journal, called Nature Communications, that will allow authors to pay an article processing charge so that their paper is freely-available, the publishing company reports. The new journal will appear online beginning in April 2010 and, according to a press release, will "publish research papers in all areas of the biological, chemical and physical sciences, encouraging papers that provide a multidisciplinary approach." Submissions will start being accepted in October.
In a related blog post, Nick Oswald at Bitesize Bio discusses the various flavors of open-access publishing — Gold, Hybrid, Delayed, or Green. "Open Access is not perfect yet, but if we could reduce the burden on the author and streamline the publishing process, it would be pretty close," Oswald says.