Publisher open access agreements
The Library on behalf of the University has signed up to a number of open access membership schemes with publishers. These institutional memberships give staff members at the University of Edinburgh a range of benefits and discounts on open access article processing charges.
Read & Publish deals
All corresponding authors from the University of Edinburgh can publish open access with the following publishers for no extra cost.
The Library has signed up to a two year agreement which runs from January 2021 until 31 December 2022. Corresponding authors from the University of Edinburgh can publish open access at no additional cost in the following titles
- Journal of Endocrinology
- Journal of Molecular Endocrinology
- Endocrine-Related Cancer
- European Journal of Endocrinology
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 2021 until 31 December 2022. Corresponding authors from the University of Edinburgh can publish 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 up to a two year agreement which runs from 01 January 2021 to 31 December 2022. The agreement gives unlimited open access publishing of research articles for corresponding authors at the University of Edinburgh in four research titles:
- Genes & Development
- Genome Research
- Learning & Memory
The multi-year agreement until December 2021 will allow corresponding authors researchers at the University of Edinburgh to publish an unlimited number of Open Access articles in their three 'hybrid' journals:
- Journal of Cell Science
- Journal of Experimental Biology
The Company of Biologists other fully open access journals are not included in this Read & Publish deal and authors will have to pay individual Article Processing Charges (APCs) to publish in those venues.
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 at no additional cost.
We are supporting the EMS Press by participating in their Subscribe to Open (S2O) initiative - https://ems.press/subscribe-to-open
The following titles have successfully met the Press’s criteria for sustainable publication and will be made open access via its S2O programme:
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, 2020 and 31 December, 2020, inclusive
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 for 1 year. 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, http://jgs.lyellcollection.org
- Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology & Hydrogeology, http://qjegh.lyellcollection.org
- Petroleum Geoscience, http://pg.lyellcollection.org
- Geochemistry: Exploration, Environment, Analysis, http://geea.lyellcollection.org
- Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society, http://pygs.lyellcollection.org
- Journal of Micropalaeontology, (1982 – 2017) http://jm.lyellcollection.org
- Scottish Journal of Geology, http://sjg.lyellcollection.org
- Transactions of the Geological Society, http://trn.lyellcollection.org/
- Transactions of the Edinburgh Geological Society, http://trned.lyellcollection.org/
- Transactions of the Geological Society of Glasgow, http://trngl.lyellcollection.org/
- Special Publications, http://sp.lyellcollection.org/
- Memoirs, http://mem.lyellcollection.org/
- Engineering Geology Special Publications, http://egsp.lyellcollection.org/
IOP Publishing (IOP), Jisc Collections and universities within the UK have come to an agreement which enables researchers to publish their work on an open access basis at no additional cost in the majority of IOP’s hybrid journals. All corresponding (submitting) authors at subscribing UK institutions (below) can publish in eligible journals open access without barriers, without additional cost, and be certain that they comply to any open access requirement. 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.
Please visit the IOP publishing support webpages for more information on how to take advantage of the agreement
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. Please visit the IWAP web pages for more information on how to take advantage of the 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 Libary has signed up to a three year agreement with Oxford University Press which runs from 1 January 2021 until 31 December 2023. In the first year of the agreement, open access publishing will be uncapped. More information is available here and below is the downloadable OUP Open Access Account User Guide.
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 pilot allows full access to and unlimited open access publishing in the following titles:
|Biochemical Society Transactions|
|Essays in Biochemistry|
|Emerging Topics in Life Sciences|
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 5 PLOS journals;
The Library has signed up to an agreement with RSC which runs until 31 December 2021. 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 Chemical Science, RSC Advances and Chemistry Education Research and Practice). Please note the agreement only covers the open access charge and does not cover additional fees, for example, reprints or cover artwork.
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 2021 to 31 December 2021. 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 teh agreement applies to all articles submitted between 1 January and 31 December of the year the agreement is in place.
SAGE has an agreement with the University of Edinburgh to cover open access article processing charges (APCs) for affiliated corresponding authors publishing an article in the current SAGE Premier package of subscription journals. The deal will run between 2020 and 2022 and includes back dating to the 1st January. Corresponding authors publishing an article in a gold open access journal are also entitled to a 20% discount on the prevailing article processing charge (APC) for that journal.
Authors in subscription journals do not need to take any action to benefit from this offer. As soon an institution is set up as part of the agreement, 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.
The University has a Read & Publish agreement with Springer which runs from January 2019 to December 2021. The traditional journal subscription fee has been 'flipped' to a publishing agreement . Previously, institutions were paying an annual subscription fee and in addition, open access fees for articles to be published under the Gold model in Springer Open Choice journals. This agreement enables all articles published in Springer Open Choice (hybrid) journals to be open access and for access to Springer subscription journals to be maintained. More information is available from the publishers website:
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. More information including lists of participating journals and instructions can be found online here:
(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 1st January 2021 to 31st December 2021. This new agreement allows corresponding authors at the University of Edinburgh and funded by UKRI, Wellcome, CRUK and BHF to publish in any journal within the BMJ Standard Collection.
The Library has an agreement with BMJ Publishing Group for UKRI and Wellcome Trust funded authors. We have pre-paid all open access fees for authors funded by these organisations and publsihing in fully open access journals. If you have an article accepted for publication in one of the BMJ portfolio of open access journals you will be prompted to select your open access agreement affiliation, 'University of Edinburgh' should be available to select in the dropdown options.
The University has a new four year agreement with Cambridge University Press which runs from 1st January 2021 to 31st December 2024. This new agreement applies to corresponding authors at the University of Edinburgh funded by UKRI, Wellcome, CRUK and BHF.
More information including lists of participating journals and instructions can be found online here:
The Frontiers national open access framework agreement offers a 10% discount to all authors from the University of Edinburgh. Additionally we have a central billing agreement with Frontiers for those authors funded by UKRI, Wellcome, CRUK and BHF.
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
If you have any queries about open access please contact the Scholarly Communications Team who are on hand to help.
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