Publisher open access agreements
The University of Edinburgh has signed transformative ('Read and Publish') agreements to enable corresponding authors from the University to publish eligible research articles open access for no extra cost.
Read and publish deals cover both subscription payments (allowing you to read) and open access article processing charges (allowing you to publish). They are known as Transformative Agreements because they aim to transition towards a full open access model.
To qualify for any of the deals below, you must:
- be a current University staff member or registered student.
- be a corresponding author (ie. the author completing the online publisher forms).
- use your University email address (@ed.ac.uk) when submitting articles to the journal (so that publishers can identify you as UOE-affiliated).
- check the article type is covered by the deal (more detail on the terms of each deal can be found below).
Please be aware that the deals do not cover visiting, honorary or emeritus researchers because of licensing terms imposed by the national agreements.
You can find a searchable list of all journals included in our memberships and agreements here: Read and Publish Journals
We have signed agreements with the publishers (and eligible journals) listed below:
The Library has singed up to a new three year Read and Publish agreement with ACS allowing corresponding authors from Edinburgh to publish their research articles open access in all ACS journals, including ACS Omega, JACS Au, the ACS Au collection, and all ACS hybrid journals for no fee. To ensure your article is included in our agreement, please ensure the following,
- Use an affiliated university email address and select University of Edinburgh from the drop-down box.
- Confirm that the institutional affiliation stated in the body of the manuscript is the corresponding author’s affiliation.
The library has signed up to a new two year Read & Publish pilot agreement with AMS which runs from January 2023 until December 2024. This agreement includes all AMS journal publications - including 11 technical journals plus the flagship Bulletin of the AMS (BAMS). Under this agreement all publishing costs (including page charges) will be waived.
To be eligible, corresponding authors must be from the University of Edinburgh and on submission must use their institutional email address and affiliation in order for the agreement to apply.
The library has a new Read and Publish agreement with AIP which runs from 1 January 2022 until 31 December 2023. Corresponding authors from Edinburgh can publish open access in any of AIP's hybrid subscription titles.
To ensure your article is included in our agreement, please follow these steps
- Double-check that you are listed as the corresponding author, both in the online submission system and in your manuscript.
- You’ll be asked to select your institutional affiliation as part of the submission process.
- Upon acceptance of your manuscript, you will be able to choose and sign the CC BY
The Library has signed up to a two year agreement which runs from January 2023 until 31 December 2024. Corresponding authors from the University of Edinburgh can publish open access in all article types at no additional cost in the following titles,
- Journal of Endocrinology
- Journal of Molecular Endocrinology
- Endocrine-Related Cancer
Bioscientifica's other titles are not included in this Read & Publish deal and authors will have to pay individual Article Processing Charges (APCs) to publish in those journals.
The Library has signed up to a two year agreement which runs from January 2023 until 31 December 2024. Corresponding authors from the University of Edinburgh can publish open access in research, review articles and conference papers in all of Brill's journals (including Gold titles)
Submit your article to your journal contact at Brill with the request to publish in Open Access and indicate that you are an author affiliated with one of the eligible institutions in the United Kingdom. Once the article gets accepted it will be published in Open Access right away and free of charge.
If you submit your article through Editorial Manager, you will be asked during the submission process whether you are eligible for the agreement. Once the article is accepted, it will be published in Open Access right away and free of charge.
The library has signed a new Read and Publish transitional agreement with Bristol University Press which runs from 1 January 2022 until 31 December 2023, the agreement covers all Bristol University and Policy Press titles and applies to corresponding authors from Edinburgh publishing original peer-reviewed research. (Other research outputs may be considered in line with funder policy mandates.)
UPDATE SEPTEMBER 2023 - The Cambridge University Press Read and Publish deal is a capped agreement and we now have a limited number of APC tokens left for 2023. To allow us to continue to cover the fee for fully open access journal articles, the agreement is now restricted to fully open access journals only. Authors publishing in hybrid journals should follow the green open access route using rights retention in order to make their article open access.
The library has renewed the transitional agreement for Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press journals until December 2024. This agreement offers corresponding authors from Edinburgh unlimited open access publishing for research and review articles in the following journals,
The library has signed a new agreement which runs from January 2022 until December 2024 allowing corresponding authors at the University of Edinburgh to publish an unlimited number of Open Access articles in the Company of Biologists three 'hybrid' journals plus their two fully open access titles:
- Journal of Cell Science
- Journal of Experimental Biology
- Biology Open
- Disease Models & Mechanisms
The Library has signed up to a new 3 year agreement with De Gruyter which runs from 1 January 2021 until December 2023. The traditional journal subscription fee has been 'flipped' to a publishing agreement. This agreement allows corresponding authors from the University of Edinburgh to publish open access in research and review articles at no additional cost.
The library has signed a new Read and Publish agreement with Elsevier which runs from 1 January 2022 until 31 December 2024. Corresponding authors affiliated with the University of Edinburgh may publish in any of Elsevier’s participating hybrid journals at no charge to the author. Eligible article types include, Case reports, Data in Briefs, Full-length articles, Micro-articles, Original software publication, Practice guidelines, Protocols, Review articles, Replication studies, Short communications, Short surveys, Video articles. Fully open access titles are not included in the agreement, however, corresponding authors publishing in fully open access titles are entitled to a 15% discount on the total APC.
Please note: When publishing in eligible hybrid Cell Press journals and The Lancet full length articles are the only eligible article type, review articles and short survey article types are not eligible.
We are supporting the EMS Press by participating in their Subscribe to Open (S2O) initiative where you can publish open access for no fee in participating journals.
In 2022 EMS successfully converted all 17 of their S2O journals to open access, for 2023, 21 journals are now included in the S20 initiative
Under the terms of the arrangement, eligible European Respiratory Journal articles will be published under a CC-BY open access licence at no cost to the author.
To be eligible, articles must meet the following conditions:
- Be an Original Article or Research Letter
- Have a corresponding author whose email address (on their ScholarOne account and the to-be-published article) is issued by a participating institution
- Be accepted between 1 January, 2022 and 31 December, 2023, inclusive
Future Science Group's Read & Publish transitional agreement allows corresponding authors from Edinburgh to publish open access in their 17 hybrid and 16 Open Access journals. The agreement includes all article types with the exception of Drug Evaluation articles and plain language summaries of publications (PLSPs) funded by pharma/biotech companies (unless funded by UKRI). The agreement runs from 1 January 2023 until 31 December 2023.
The Geological Society’s Lyell Collection ‘Read & Publish’ Agreement allows immediate open access publishing of the Version of Record for articles in the 9 hybrid journals and book series in the collection. Open access publishing is unlimited for corresponding authors at the University of Edinburgh, on all article types under CC-BY licence terms until December 2023. Corresponding authors must use their institutional email address in order to be identified as eligible. The titles included in the agreement are:
- Journal of the Geological Society
- Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology & Hydrogeology
- Petroleum Geoscience
- Geochemistry: Exploration, Environment, Analysis
- Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society
- Scottish Journal of Geology
- Special Publications
- Engineering Geology Special Publications
IOP Publishing (IOP), Jisc Collections and universities within the UK have come to an agreement until 31 December 2023 which enables corresponding authors from the University of Edinburgh to publish their work on an open access basis at no additional cost in the majority of IOP’s hybrid journals. Research articles and reviews (letters, papers, reviews and special issue articles) accepted for publication after 1 Jan 2020 are eligible, IOP will automatically identify qualifying articles and inform authors of their inclusion.
IWA Publishing has signed a Read & Publish agreement with the University of Edinburgh granting full online access to our journal content and free Open Access publication for affiliated researchers. If you are an author from Edinburgh, you are eligible for a full Open Access waiver. To qualify for the waiver during the submission process, please ensure that you are listed on your article as the corresponding authors and that you include your full institutional affiliation and associated e-mail address.
Corresponding authors who submit to any John Benjamins journal between 1 January 2023 and 31 December 2023 (if accepted for publication, and regardless of when it is published) are eligible to have the open access fee waived under our Read and Publish agreement
Affiliated corresponding authors from the University of Edinburgh can publish open access with the Microbiology Scoiety for no extra cost. Corresponding authors from the University of Edinburgh will be identified using their email domains. Where a corresponding author’s email domain matches that provided for a Publish and Read institution, we will ask the author to sign our standard CC-BY Creative Commons licence and will publish their article OA without further charge, and without embargo. Authors retain the right to opt out of publishing their articles as OA. Please visit the Microbiology Society web pages for more information on how to take advantage of the agreement:
The Library has signed up to a three year agreement with Oxford University Press which runs from 1 January 2021 until 31 December 2023. The agreement allows unlimited open access publishing for corresponding authors from University of Edinburgh.
More detailed information is available from the OUP website
Please note that the following titles charge page/colour charges and/or submissions fees, these charges cannot be paid from the UKRI, Wellcome, CRUK or BHF block grants,
- Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry
- Cerebral Cortex
- Clinical Infectious Diseases
- The Journal of Infectious Diseases
- Insect Systematics and Diversity
- The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism
- Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology
- Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation
- Systematic Biology
Edinburgh researchers who submit to Cerebral Cortex should mention in their cover letters that Edinburgh has a Read & Publish arrangement with OUP, and the authors can request a waiver of colour figure charges and page charges. Each submission will be evaluated on a case by case basis
Corresponding authors from the University of Edinburgh will have their manuscripts (if accepted following peer review) published open access by default under a Creative Commons license
without the need for article-level payments/APCs.
The Portland Press unlimited read and publish has been renewed until 31 December 2023 and allows full access to and unlimited open access publishing in the following titles:
|Biochemical Society Transactions|
|Essays in Biochemistry|
|Emerging Topics in Life Sciences|
Please note that the PNAS transitional agreement will not be renewed for 2024.
The library has a Publish and Read agreement with the National Academy of Sciences which runs until 31 December 2023. Under the agreement, corresponding authors from Edinburgh may publish research articles (including Brief Reports) open access without incurring article page charges.
How to take advantage of this agreement:
- The corresponding author must be affiliated with Edinburgh, and the author must publish under this affiliation.
- The author should use their institutional email address when submitting their paper, if possible. The author will be asked to validate their institution if a validated institution is not already linked to the author’s user profile.
- If invited to submit a final revision, the author will receive a request to sign the License to Publish once the revision is received. The corresponding author should choose a CC BY license to qualify for this agreement.
- The article must be accepted for publication in PNAS between 1 July, 2022, and 31 December, 2023.
- Authors who publish in PNAS always retain copyright ownership or have the ability to set the copyright owner as their institutions when required.
The Library has signed up to a two year, unlimited Read & Publish transitional Agreement covering the three Rockefeller University Press hybrid journals. The deal will run from 1 January 2022 until 31 December 2023
- Journal of Cell Biology (JCB)
- Journal of Experimental Medicine (JEM)
- Journal of General Physiology (JGP)
To be eligible for the agreement, corresponding authors must be from the University of Edinburgh.
The Library has signed up to an agreement with RSC which runs until 31 December 2024. This agreement makes all articles written by University of Edinburgh corresponding authors open access immediately at no extra cost. The agreement covers articles published in any of the RSC hybrid journals (except Chemistry Education Research and Practice).
To make sure you can benefit from this agreement, please ensure that you:
- Are listed as the corresponding author both in the online submission system and in your manuscript;
- Use your official institutional email address to submit your manuscript;
- State your institute affiliation and email address in your manuscript and do not change this after submission;
- DO NOT sign the standard licence to publish during the submission process, you should fill out an open access CC-BY licence which will trigger the open access publication of the article under this agreement
The University of Edinburgh has signed up to a 1 year ‘Read & Publish’ transitional agreement with Royal Society Publishing which runs from 01 January 2023 to 31 December 2023. This agreement allows corresponding authors from the University of Edinburgh to publish in the Royal Society’s full journals package of 8 hybrid and 2 open access journals at no additional cost. Corresponding authors must use their institutional email address in order to be identified as eligible and the agreement applies to all articles submitted from 1 January 2021.
SAGE has a new agreement with the University of Edinburgh to cover open access article processing charges (APCs) for affiliated corresponding authors publishing an article in participating SAGE subscription journals. The new agreement will run from January 2023 until December 2024 and includes the following article types, original research, review and case reports.
Authors in subscription journals do not need to take any action to benefit from this offer. SAGE will contact all eligible authors to inform them of the Open Access agreement with SHEDL and to invite them to the SAGE Open Access Portal to take up the offer as soon as their accepted article has been received into SAGE’s Production department.
Please note that fully open access/gold journals are not included in the agreement but corresponding authors publishing an article in a gold open access journal are entitled to a 20% discount on the prevailing article processing charge (APC).
Following a year-long negotiation led by Jisc, UK universities have agreed a new, three-year read and publish agreement with Springer Nature which will run from 1 January 2023. To be eligible for the agreement, corresponding authors must be from the University of Edinburgh and publishing in a hybrid Springer or Springer Nature journal. Fully open access titles are not included in the agreement, however, corresponding authors publishing in fully open access titles are entitled to a 15% discount on the total APC.
Springer hybrid agreement: article types include, original research and review articles, brief communications and continuing education articles.
Springer Nature hybrid agreement: applies to Original Papers (article type may also be referred to as analysis, article, letter, brief communication, registered report, resource or technical report)
The University has a Read & Publish agreement with Taylor and Francis which runs from January 2021 to December 2023. Corresponding authors affiliated with the University of Edinburgh can publish open access in Taylor & Francis and Routledge Open Select (hybrid) journals at no cost to themselves. More information available at:
Please note there is a limit on the number of articles that can publish open access in the following T&F journals
Corresponding authors affiliated the University of Edinburgh may publish primary research and review articles in any of Wiley’s fully gold Open Access or Wiley’s hybrid, OnlineOpen journals at no further charge to the author. The agreement runs until 31 December 2023
The library has signed up to a new 3 year Read and Publish pilot with Wolters Kluwer. Corresponding authors from Edinburgh can now publish open access for no fee in Wolters Kluwer's Lippincott Williams & Wilkins Total Access Collection
All corresponding authors from the University of Edinburgh can publish open access with the following publishers for no extra cost.
The University of Edinburgh has opted to support the Open Library of Humanities for another year- this time as a Bronze level supporter. This additional support will enable the OLH to continue its growth mission to convert subscription journals to a solid, ongoing, open-access model, with no author-facing charges. Corresponding authors from Edinburgh can publish in any of OLH 27 fully open access journals at no cost.
The University of Edinburgh has a 3 year agreement which runs from 01 January 2021 to 31 December 2023. This agreement allows for uncapped publishing for University of Edinburgh authors publishing in 10 PLOS journals;
(UKRI, Wellcome, CRUK and BHF funded authors only)
UKRI and Wellcome Trust, CRUK and BHF funded authors are eligible to have their open access costs covered by pre-pay schemes or central billing schemes set up with the following publishers.
The University has a new one year agreement with BMJ which runs from 1 January 2023 to 31 December 2023. To be eligible for the agreement corresponding authors must be affiliated with the University of Edinburgh and funded by UKRI, Wellcome, CRUK and BHF . The agreement includes all BMJ hybrid journals and BMJ's fully open access titles and a full list of all eligible article types can be found at the link below.
The University of Edinburgh holds a central invoicing agreement with Frontiers for authors funded by UKRI, Wellcome, CRUK and BHF. The agreement is effective from 1 January 2023 until 31 December 2023 and includes a 10% discount on APC's.
The University of Edinburgh is part of MDPI's Institutional Open Access Program (IOAP). If you mention funding from UKRI, Wellcome, CRUK or BHF at the time of submission then the Scholarly Communications Team will be able to pick it up on the membership dashboard and make it open access without any more input from the author.
Help & Support
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