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A Read-and-Publish agreement is an agreement in which the publisher receives payment for reading and payment for publishing bundled into a single contract. The ‘read’ part of the agreement covers the subscriptions libraries pay so they can access closed material, and the ‘publish’ part covers APCs that authors would have paid to publish their papers as open access. This bundling together brings payment for publishing into a contractual arrangement handled by the library rather than being addressed ad hoc by individual authors who are choosing open access publishing. These agreements are 'transformative' as they seek to re-direct funds previously spent on subscription-based reading to the publishing component, often with a goal of a cost-neutral agreement in comparison with the previous subscription-based reading agreement.
|Community Publishing (e.g. PLOS)||Transformative Agreements (e.g. Microbiology Society, CSIRO, Royal Society)|
|Non-profit open access publisher||May be non-profit societies but will eventually include corporate publishing companies|
|"A community-supported model whereby members agree to share the costs of editorial and publishing services" via a community fee||Still use APCs, but builds that into the cost of subscriptions|
|Non-members will pay fees, but idea is cost is capped at cost of production||Cost of publishing versus APCs remains obscure|
|Publishing cost is distributed between corresponding and contributing authors|
When you submit your paper as a corresponding author to any of these journals, remember to indicate that UC has a read and publish agreement with them.
Some publishers have a cap on the number of APC-free publications we can provide, which is managed by the CAUL collective for Australian & New Zealand Universities. Use Reports to see how many manuscripts have been approved across the collective so far.
Cambridge University Press
Institute of Physics
Journal of General Virology
Journal of Medical Microbiology
International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
Oxford University Press
365 Oxford University Press titles
Bioscience Reports (fully OA)
Neuronal Signaling (fully OA)
Biochemical Society Transactions
Emerging Topics in Life Sciences
Essays in Biochemistry
Philosophical Transactions A
Philosophical Transactions B
Notes and Records
Royal Society Open Science
20% discount on Gold OA
Fully funded APCs in key high-energy physics (Elsevier, Springer, IOP, APS, Oxford) journals. See full title list here, and ignore the % coverage column as author APCs are fully funded.
Taylor & Francis
All 51 Annual Review journals are APC free for 2023.
Authors affiliated with the University of Canterbury receive a 12.5% discount on APCs. The corresponding author will need to specify they are affiliated to the University of Canterbury.
Authors affiliated with the University of Canterbury receive a 15% discount on APCs. The corresponding author will need to use a Canterbury email address when publishing the article.
Authors affiliated with the University of Canterbury receive a 10% discount on the APCs for any paper published in an MDPI journal. More details here. A list of MDPI journals is available here.
Please see UC Library's MDPI statement.
Authors affiliated with the University of Canterbury receive a 15% discount on APCs as part of our Royal Society of Chemistry subscription. This will be automatically applied upon acceptance of an article where the corresponding author uses their institution’s email domain.
There are also three new journals: EES Catalysis, RSC Sustainability, Industrial Chemistry & Materials and Sustainable Food Technology that will be available from 2023 that will be gold open access and free to publish in until 2025.