FAQ – Read and Publish Deals / Publisher OA payment schemes

    • What is meant by Transformative Agreement?

      They are known as transformative agreements because they aim to transition towards a full open access model, in line with funder requirements such as Plan S and the new 2021 Wellcome Trust OA policy.

    • What is meant by Read & Publish deals?

      Read and Publish deals cover both subscription (read) and Article Processing Charge (OA publishing) payments.

    • Which publishers do we have agreements with?

      We have signed Transformative (“Read & Publish”) Agreements with the following publishers: Brill, Company of Biologists, Institute of Physics Publishing, Microbiology Society, Portland Press, SAGE, Springer and Wiley.

      We have signed a centralised invoicing arrangement with Frontiers.

    • How do I find out if I’m eligible and what the process is?

      Please see our “What do I need to do?” pages.

    • Do the agreements cover all publication costs such as page or colour charges?

      Not necessarily, it will depend on the particular publisher agreement and sometimes on the journal title.

    • Page last updated: 27 October 2020