Nature Publishing Group (NPG) is adding an online-only, open-access publication to its roster of scientific journals, the publishing juggernaut announced today (September 23). __Nature Communications__ is set to launch in April 2010, and the hybrid open-access publication will be the first online-only title in __Nature__'s family of journals. Authors will have the choice of submitting research articles to __Nature Communications__ via the traditional subscription route, or by paying an article processing charge -- the amount of which the publisher will disclose in mid-October -- to have their paper published as an open access work that can be licensed under a Creative Commons license. In a comment emailed to __The Scientist__, Steven Inchcoombe, NPG's managing director, cited increasing support for open access from research funders as a key driver for the endeavor. "Few could have anticipated the scale of upheaval in the global economy over the past twelve months," Inchcoombe wrote....

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