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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.

You can also send us an enquiry to find out if your journal of interest is included in a transformative agreement:

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If your publication is eligible for free open access under the terms of a transformative agreement, you will not need to complete an internal form but we recommend you deposit your accepted manuscript into RIS as soon as possible after acceptance in order to satisfy the deposit requirement of the REF open access policy.
Please be aware that the list below is subject to change. Always check agreement terms and conditions with your publisher.
American Chemical Society (ACS)

Until 31 December 2024, corresponding authors affiliated to the University of Nottingham may publish open access at no cost in ACS journals (ACS Omega, JACS Au, the ACS Au collection, and all ACS hybrid journals). 

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 email address and select their institution from a drop-down menu during the online manuscript submission process. Please read the ACS instructions on how to publish under this Read and Publish agreement. 

 
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.

 
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.

 
BMJ

Until 31 December 2022, funded* corresponding authors affiliated to the University of Nottingham may publish open access at no cost in the following 28 BMJ hybrid titles (BMJ Standard Collection Journals):

  • Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
  • Archives of Disease in Childhood (ADC)
  • ADC: Education & Practice
  • ADC: Fetal & Neonatal
  • BMJ Quality & Safety
  • British Journal of Ophthalmology
  • British Journal of Sports Medicine 
  • Emergency Medicine Journal
  • BMJ Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Evidence-Based Mental Health
  • Evidence-Based Nursing
  • Gut
  • Frontline Gastroenterology
  • Heart
  • Injury Prevention
  • Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health
  • Journal of Medical Ethics
  • Medical Humanities
  • Journal of Clinical Pathology
  • Journal of Medical Genetics
  • Journal of NeuroInterventional Surgery
  • Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry
  • Practical Neurology
  • Occupational and Environmental Medicine
  • Postgraduate Medical Journal
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections
  • Thorax
  • Tobacco Control
 

*Funded means an article which acknowledges funding from any of the following: Blood Cancer UK; British Heart Foundation; Cancer Research UK; Parkinson's UK; UKRI (AHRC, BBSRC, ESRC, EPSRC, Innovate UK, MRC, NERC, Research England, STFC); Versus Arthritis; Wellcome Trust.

To comply with funder requirements, authors must select the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licence from the journal.

Article types eligible under this agreement are: original articles reporting on primary research research; plus UKRI-funded review articles submitted from 1 April 2022.

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

Note: UoN authors can also also receive a partial discount on APCs in fully open access BMJ titles: see our APC discounts page for further information. 

 
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 authors will be asked to indicate eligibility on submission by using their 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.

 
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 fully open access (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.

 
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press

Until 31 December 2022, UoN-affiliated corresponding authors can publish their research articles on an open access basis at no cost in the following CSHLP titles:

Eligibility will be determined by the institutional affiliation and email address used during submission.

 
The Company of Biologists

From 1 January 2022 until 31 December 2024, UoN-affiliated corresponding authors can benefit from unlimited open access publishing at no cost in the following titles:

Authors should use their institutional email address during submission in order to be identified as eligible.

Please read the publisher's announcement about this three-year Read and Publish agreement and their step-by-step guide for authors.

 
De Gruyter

Until 31 December 2023, and subject to an annual cap, UoN-affiliated corresponding authors will be able to publish their articles open access at no cost in De Gruyter's hybrid journals.

Authors should use their institutional email address during submission in order to be identified as eligible.

 
Elsevier (including Cell Press and The Lancet)

Until 31 December 2024, UoN-affiliated corresponding authors will be able to publish on an open access basis at no cost in the following:

  • Elsevier hybrid journals;
  • Cell Press hybrid journals; and
  • The Lancet hybrid journals.

This 'Read and Publish' agreement covers research and review articles (some exceptions apply in Cell Press and The Lancet titles).

Authors should use their institutional credentials (affiliation, email address) during submission in order to be identified as eligible. Please refer to the Elsevier page about the agreement, which includes instructions to corresponding authors.

Note: UoN corresponding authors can also also receive a partial discount on APCs in fully open access Elsevier, Cell Press and The Lancet titles: see our APC discounts page for further information.

 
European Respiratory Society

From 1 January 2022 until 31 December 2023, UoN-affiliated corresponding authors may publish articles open access in the following ERS titles at no cost:

Most article types are eligible but please read the ERS page on the agreement for details of restrictions. Authors should use their institutional email address in order to be identified as eligible.

 
Institute of Physics (IOP)

Until 31 December 2023, University of Nottingham corresponding authors can publish on an open access basis at no cost in the journals included in Lists A, B, C and D on the IOP page of eligible journals.

Please read the IOP Guide to submitting under a Transformative Agreement for further instructions. 

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

 
Microbiology Society

From 1 January 2022 until 31 December 2022, a full APC waiver applies to articles accepted in the following Microbiology Society journals:

The corresponding author should be affiliated to the University of Nottingham and use their institutional email address during submission. Please read the Society's page on this Publish and Read agreement for further details.

 
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.

 
Portland Press

From 1 January 2022 until 31 December 2022, UoN-affiliated corresponding authors will be able to publish open access, with no APC to pay, in the following Portland Press titles:

Authors should use their institutional email address and affiliation during the submission process. Please read the publisher's page on this Read and Publish agreement for further details and FAQs.

 
Radiological Society of North America (RSNA)

Until 31 December 2022, UoN-affiliated corresponding authors will be able to publish research articles open access in Radiology at no cost, under the terms of a Read and Publish agreement with Jisc.

Authors should use their institutional details (including email address) during the submission process.

 
Rockefeller University Press

From 1 January 2022 until 31 December 2023, UoN-affiliated corresponding authors may publish open access in this publisher's three hybrid journals at no cost. The eligible titles are:

Authors should use their institutional email address during the submission process.

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

 
Royal Society

From 1 January 2022 until 31 December 2022, UoN-affiliated corresponding authors may publish open access without paying an APC in the following Royal Society titles:

Corresponding authors must list their affiliation and use their institutional email address during submission in order to be identified as eligible for this 'Read and Publish' agreement. For further details, please read the publisher's Read and Publish page. 

 
Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)

Until 31 December 2024, UoN-affiliated corresponding authors will be able to publish on an open access basis at no cost in RSC hybrid journals.

This 'Read and Publish' agreement covers all peer-reviewed article types (full papers, communications and reviews). Editorials and Corrections are not covered.

Authors should use their institutional credentials (affiliation, email address) during submission in order to be identified as eligible. Please refer to the author guidelines on the RSC Read and Publish page.

Note: UoN corresponding authors can also also receive a partial discount on APCs in fully open access RSC titles: see our APC discounts page for further information.

 
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 page on the UK open access agreement which includes a list of eligible journals.

 
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.

 
Wiley

From 1 January 2020 until 31 December 2023, and subject to an annual cap, a full APC waiver 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). 

Wiley's author workflow enables the designation of the Responsible Corresponding Author (RCA) in cases where there is more than one corresponding author. The RCA role will identify the sole author who will be responsible for key post-acceptance actions and whose institutional affiliations will be used to determine eligibility for APC coverage.

The waiver 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. 

 

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