Thailand’s Mahidol University in Deal with Taylor & Francis

In News by Porter Anderson

The first open-access agreement for the UK’s Taylor & Francis in Southeast Asia, the Mahidol deal features more than 2,000 hybrid journals.

Prince Mahidol Hall at Mahidol University in Thailand’s centrally located Nakhon Pathom province. Image – Getty iStockphoto: Vee Verapat

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A Three-Year Agreement
The autonomous public research program at Mahidol University is part of a major educational installation created in 1888 at what was then Siriraj Hospital. It was given its modern name in 1969 by King Bhumibol Adulyadej in honor of his father, Prince Mahidol of Songkhla.

For Taylor & Francis, the open-access agreement being announced today (January 29) is the company’s first transformative agreement in Southeast Asia and should give support to Mahidol’s publishing researchers through a planned three-year partnership.

A researcher at Mahidol now can choose from more than 2,000 Taylor & Francis hybrid journals (the specific branding there is “Open Select”), presumably extending the reach of her or his research.

As part of the agreement, faculty members and students at Mahidol also continue to have access “to journals across a broad range of subjects,” although limitations on that access are not spelled out in today’s announcement.

Nopphol Pausawasdi

In a comment on the news of today’s announcement, Nopphol Pausawasdi, the director of Mahidol University’s Library and Knowledge Center, is quoted saying that the new arrangement with Taylor & Francis, “Not only enables unrestricted access to Mahidol publications but will also enrich our research and benefit the entire field.”

As a sideline of interest to those watching Italy’s guest of honor programming at Frankfurter Buchmesse (October 16 to 20), it’s interesting to note today’s announcement that Napoleone Ferrara, an Italian scientist and physician, has been named the 2023 Prince Mahidol Award in Medicine, as the Bangkok Post is reporting today.

Along with this news comes the information, per the commerce ministry, that “Despite a 3-percent overall decline in Thailand’s international trade value in 2023, the trade value between Thailand and Italy grew by 2.7 percent to 175.5 billion baht (US$4.9 billion).

Reporting 2,700 Journals, 8,000 Books Annually

Ian Jones

Speaking for Taylor & Francis, Ian Jones, who is the vice-president and Asia-Pacific commercial lead, calls Mahidol “an institution highly regarded for its research across health, sciences, arts, and innovation. We look forward to working with them to maximize the impact of this open access partnership.”

Mahidol, as Taylor & Francis’ media messaging describes it, offers “a diverse range of programs across various disciplines, including medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, public health, science, engineering, social sciences, and humanities. Mahidol University’s strong emphasis on interdisciplinary collaboration, global partnerships, and community engagement fosters a dynamic and inclusive learning environment for students and faculty” members.

Taylor & Francis, headquartered in Oxfordshire’s Milton Park, has offices in at least 15 countries and has become one of the more aggressively self-publicizing operators in the open-access transformative agreement space in recent years.

The company reports that under its Taylor & Francis, Routledge,  and F1000 imprints, it publishes 2,700 journals and 8,000 new books each year, partnering with more than 700 scholarly societies.


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Porter Anderson has been named International Trade Press Journalist of the Year in London Book Fair's International Excellence Awards. He is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. He formerly was Associate Editor for The FutureBook at London's The Bookseller. Anderson was for more than a decade a senior producer and anchor with CNN.com, CNN International, and CNN USA. As an arts critic (Fellow, National Critics Institute), he was with The Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald, and the Tampa Tribune, now the Tampa Bay Times. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for authors, which now is owned and operated by Jane Friedman.