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Transformative agreements

What is a transformative agreement?

Transformative agreements, also referred to as transitional or “read and publish” agreements, are contracts negotiated between institutions and publishers that transform the business model underlying scholarly publishing towards a fully open access model. They represent a further shift away from a subscription-only model to one which covers both subscription payments (the “read” element of the agreement) and article processing charges (the “publish” element). In the UK, negotiations with publishers are led by Jisc Collections, acting on behalf of higher education institutions.

The University of Nottingham has signed a number of transformative agreements with publishers to enable researchers at the University to publish their research open access.

Articles submitted for publication in journals that are part of one of these agreements are not subject to an article processing charge (APC).

The following section provides details about each of the transformative agreements, including links to relevant publisher webpages.

Please be aware that the list below is subject to change. Always check agreement terms and conditions with your publisher.

 
American Institute of Physics (AIP)

Until 31 December 2023, and subject to an annual cap, corresponding authors affiliated to the University of Nottingham may publish open access in AIP's hybrid journals at no cost. 

The agreement applies to research articles only.

Research articles will be published under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licence.

Corresponding authors will need to use their institutional address and email address during the submission process. Author guidelines are available on the AIP Read and Publish page.

Authors must complete the University’s gold open access application form.

 
Bioscientifica

Until 31 December 2022, corresponding authors affiliated to the University of Nottingham may publish open access in Bioscientifica's hybrid journals at no cost. The eligible titles are:

 All article types are included and will be published under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licence.

Corresponding authors will need to use their institutional email address during the submission process. For full eligibility criteria, please read the Bioscientifica Read and Publish page.

Authors must complete the University’s gold open access application form.

 
Brill

From 1 January 2021 until 31 December 2022, corresponding authors affiliated to the University of Nottingham may publish open access in Brill's hybrid journals or fully open access (gold) journals at no cost. 

 Article types eligible under this agreement are research and review articles.

Corresponding author will be asked to indicate eligibility on submission by using institutional email address and selecting their institution. Please see Brill's Information for Authors page for further details about the agreement and instructions for authors at participating UK institutions.

Authors must complete the University’s gold open access application form.

 
Cambridge University Press (CUP)

From 1 January 2021 until 31 December 2024, corresponding authors affiliated to the University of Nottingham may publish open access in CUP's hybrid or gold journals at no cost. 

Article types eligible under this agreement: research articles, review articles, rapid communications, brief reports, case reports.

Corresponding authors must use their institutional address and email address during the submission process.  

For further information, please read the publisher's CUP-Jisc Read and Publish Agreement page.

Authors must also complete the University's gold open access application form.

 
The Company of Biologists

Until 31 December 2021, UoN-affiliated corresponding authors may publish articles open access in this publisher's three hybrid titles at no cost. The eligible titles are:

Authors should use their institutional email address in order to be identified as eligible: please read the publisher's guide for authors for step-by-step instructions.

Authors must complete the University's gold open access application form.

 
European Respiratory Journal (ERJ)

From 1 January 2021 until 31 December 2021, UoN-affiliated corresponding authors may publish articles open access in the European Respiratory Journal at no cost.

This agreement applies to research articles only. Authors should use their institutional email address in order to be identified as eligible.

Authors must complete the University's gold open access application form.

 
Institute of Physics (IOP)

From 1 January 2020 until 31 December 2023, a full discount (100%) is offered by IOP-managed hybrid journals and selected society-owned hybrid journals. A partial discount (70%) is offered by some society-owned hybrid journals.

Please read the IOP page on the OA agreement with Jisc institutions for further details.

The corresponding author will be required to provide their affiliation in the article submission form and in the article itself.

Authors must complete the University’s gold open access application form.

 
Microbiology Society

From 1 January 2020 until 31 December 2021, 100% discount applies to fully open access and hybrid journals, under the terms of a Publish and Read agreement with this publisher.

The corresponding author should be affiliated to the University of Nottingham.

Authors must complete the University’s gold open access application form.

 
Oxford University Press (OUP)

From 1 January 2021 until 31 December 2023, corresponding authors affiliated to the University of Nottingham may publish open access in OUP's hybrid journals or fully open access (gold) journals at no cost. 

 Article types eligible under this Read and Publish agreement are research and review articles.

Corresponding author must use institutional address and email address at point of submission. OUP will ask author to select ‘UK Institutions (Jisc affiliated)’ when completing the online licensing/payment process.

For further details and full author instructions, please read the OUP page for authors at participating UK institutions and the step-by-step guide for authors.

Authors must complete the University’s gold open access application form.

 
Rockefeller University Press

From 1 March 2021 until 28 February 2022, UoN-affiliated corresponding authors may publish open access in this publisher's three hybrid journals at no cost. The eligible titles are:

Eligible authors should use their institutional email address during the submission process.

For more information, please read the RUP 'Read-and-Publish' Pilot Agreement page.

Authors must complete the University's gold open access funding form.

 
Royal Society of Chemistry

From 1 January 2020 until 31 December 2021, 15% discount for articles in all hybrid Royal Society of Chemistry journals.

A limited number of APCs at 100% discount is available each year. Please contact the Open Access team for more information.

Corresponding author should be affiliated to the University of Nottingham.

Chemical Science and RSC Advances are not included in the read and publish agreement.

For more information about the RSC read and publish scheme, please visit their webpage.

Authors must complete the University's gold open access funding form.

 
Springer Compact

From 1 January 2019 until 31 December 2022, 100% discount applies to eligible Springer Open Choice titles only (hybrid journals).

The agreement only covers UoN authors based in the UK (UNUK).

Please read Springer’s Guide for corresponding authors.

Authors must complete the University’s gold open access application form.

 
Taylor & Francis

From 1 January 2021 until 31 December 2023 and subject to an annual cap, 100% discount applies to research articles in Open Select titles (hybrid journals).

Corresponding author should be affiliated to the University of Nottingham in the UK (UNUK) and should use their institutional email address during the submission process.

Please read the Taylor & Francis-Jisc open access agreement page and the agreement guide for further details.

You can browse through Open Select titles in your subject area by visiting the publisher's open access cost finder page: simply select a subject category, tick the 'Open Select' box and click on 'Search'. You can also browse by individual title.

Authors must complete the University’s gold open access application form.

 
Wiley

From 1 July – 31 December 2021, owing to pressure of demand, eligibility for free open access under the Wiley-Jisc agreement is limited to research and review articles which acknowledge funding from: UKRI; Wellcome Trust; Blood Cancer UK; British Heart Foundation; Cancer Research UK; Parkinson’s UK; and Versus Arthritis.

Authors able to charge open access costs to research grants from other funders or to School operational codes can claim a 25% discount on open access fees.

For unfunded articles, the University has some legacy Wiley credits that are available on a first come, first served basis to cover costs of publishing in fully open access (gold) journals. 

From 1 January 2020 until 31 December 2023 and subject to an annual cap, 100% discount applies to all Wiley's fully open access (gold) journals and hybrid (Online Open) journals. 

Corresponding author should be affiliated to the University of Nottingham in the UK (UNUK).

Discount applies to original research and review articles only

Please read the Wiley page on the OA agreement with Jisc institutions for full terms and conditions. 

Authors do not need to complete the University's gold open access application form. 

 

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