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Library Research Support: Open Research: Publisher Deals

This guide is intended to provide advice and support on open access research, including guidance around Durham Research Online (DRO), open access publishing, research data management and related topics.

Publisher Agreements

 

We have a range of publisher deals available for Durham authors wishing to publish open access.  Many of these deals provide free APCs for Durham corresponding authors; others provide a discount on the APC.

Please note, these deals do not endorse any particular publisher or attempt to influence author choice. They have been signed up to based on the publishing activity of Durham researchers in combination with financial considerations, and are designed to support innovation in Open Access publishing.

If you have any questions about any of the following deals, or would like to enquire about potential agreements with publishers not listed here, please contact openaccess.publishing@durham.ac.uk.

Current deals

Transitional Agreements (TAs)

 

TAs are those contracts negotiated between institutions (libraries, national and regional consortia) and publishers that transform the business model underlying scholarly journal publishing, moving from one based on toll access (subscription) to one in which publishers are remunerated a fair price for their open access publishing services. [Plan S - Publication fees, Costs, prices & business models | Plan S (coalition-s.org)]

 

You may see the term “transformative agreement” or “transitional agreement” or “read and publish agreement” referred to on our webpages or in communications from your publishers. 

The fees that the Library is paying towards these agreements are covering Article Processing Charges (APCs) for eligible Durham authors to publish gold open access in a wide range of journals, as well as covering subscription payments to enable non-open access content to be read. The negotiations for these agreements have been done on behalf of UK universities by Jisc Collections and details of their role can be found on their webpages.

 

Who can make use of the agreements?

Where you, with a Durham University affiliation, are:

  • the corresponding author
  • publishing in a journal covered by an agreement
  • publishing an article “type” covered by an agreement

you will find that you can publish fully open access and the cost of the APC will be covered for you. 

The agreements are available to all current students and staff and are not dependent upon any external funding. If you are acknowledging UK Research Council or Wellcome funding please do still contact openaccess.publishing@durham.ac.uk for guidance on compliance with your funder’s open access policies. 

 

How do they work?

It is important to note that each of the deals work in different ways and you will need to familiarise yourself with the terms that are relevant to you. Some of the deals are capped (limited to a certain number of APCs across the institutions signed up to the agreement) and so it may not be possible to know until the point of acceptance whether you will be able to publish gold open access through the agreement. 

You will find the details of our current agreements summarised under the tabs for each publisher and, where available, there will be links to additional information on the publisher’s webpages. 

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch

 

Fully Open Access – Flat Fee

Some fully open access journals and journal/publishing platforms do not charge individual Article Processing Charges (APCs) to authors. Instead, a single invoice is paid annually by an institution and this covers the publishing costs for all eligible authors. 
 

Fully Open Access – No Author Fees

Some fully open access journals and journal/publishing platforms do not charge individual APCs to authors. There are still costs involved with the publication process and these are met through financial contributions from consortia (often universities/university libraries). 
 

Discount

Some of the deals that we have offer authors a discount on the APCs that they are charged to publish open access in fully open access journals. The remainder of the fee will still need to be paid by the author or, if eligible, from either the Wellcome or UKRI Block Grant. If you wish to apply for funds from either award you are advised to ensure that this is done at the point of submission.  

Subscribe to Open

Subscribe to Open (S2O) is a business model that uses subscription payments to convert paywalled journals to full open access.  If institutions continue to pay their subscriptions and support is sufficient, new volumes are published open access under a Creative Commons license; if support is insufficient, the paywall is retained.

Rights Retention for open access compliance

This is a cost-free way of meeting a funder’s open access requirements for immediate open access.  Some publishers have committed to permitting the author accepted manuscripts of funded articles to be deposited in repositories, where they can be made openly accessible from the point of publication with a CC BY licence

Summary

AAAS - The American Association for the Advancement of Science Journals 

OA compliance: AAAS is currently piloting the use of the Rights Retention Strategy for OA compliance. This pilot will run until 31 December 2022 and covers the following hybrid journals:

  • Science Online
  • Science Signaling
  • Science Translational Medicine
  • Science Immunology
  • Science Robotics

From January 15, 2021 and on a trial basis, AAAS will allow authors funded by cOAlition S organizations (this includes UK Research Councils and Wellcome Trust) to place a CC BY or a CC BY-ND license (if permitted by the funder) on their accepted manuscripts (which should then be deposited in our institutional repository, DRO).

The pilot for cOAlition S-funded researchers ensures these researchers can continue to publish in the Science family journals and comply with their funders open access requirements.  This pilot will apply to any eligible research articles submitted to the Science family subscription journals on or after 1 January, 2021.  During the pilot the License to Publish  authors sign will confirm this policy.

The announcement from AAAS can be found here

 

Deal type

Rights Retention for open access compliance

How to use
  • Ensure that you are acknowledging your funding (including grant code)

  • Ensure that you add to your submission the rights retention statement as required by your funder:

  • If you wish to apply a CC BY-ND licence to your work rather than a CC BY licence ensure that you apply directly to UKRI for permission to do so at least 10 days prior to submission. The form to use to apply can be found here.
Your article should then be deposited in DRO prior to publication 
Summary

American Chemical Society (ACS) Read and Publish agreement.

The 2022-24 Transitional Agreement with the ACS will enable eligible Durham University corresponding authors to publish their research in any of the ACS titles. This unlimited Read and Publish agreement includes publishing in all hybrid and fully Open Access titles.

Eligible authors

Corresponding authors whose articles are accepted by ACS qualify to have their articles published under the ACS Read & Publish Program for the respective journal article, if all of the following conditions are met at the time of submission of the manuscript:

  • Corresponding author must be identified as the individual who is to communicate with ACS throughout the peer review process
  • Corresponding author must be a current Durham University member of staff or student 
  • Corresponding author must indicate affiliation to Durham University by identifying it via a provided dropdown menu during the online manuscript submission process

Eligible articles

All research articles in all ACS journals, including ACS Omega, JACS Au, the ACS Au collection, and all ACS hybrid journals.

Licence options

The publisher offers authors a choice of CC BY or CC BY-NC-ND licences.

  • IMPORTANT (UKRI and Wellcome funded authors): You must use the CC BY licence to meet the terms of your funding contract.
  • IMPORTANT (Other funders): Please check the terms of your funding contract to confirm if a specific open licence is required for your article.

ACS will submit for deposit of definitive articles of record in PubMed Central.

Please note that the agreement does not cover any submission fee, page charges or colour charges. These also cannot be covered by either the UKRI Open Access Block Grant or the Wellcome Block Grant and must be met by the author directly.

Rights Retention Statement position (from the publisher): 
Whether a manuscript contains a Rights Retention Statement or not, any manuscript submitted by an eligible corresponding author from an institution having a Sub-Licence with Jisc (under agreement between Jisc and ACS), if accepted for publication by ACS, will automatically be published with a CC-BY licence.
A Rights Retention Statement does not influence ACS decisions regarding acceptance or rejection of a manuscript.
To confirm, ACS would not reject or divert submitted manuscripts from eligible authors due to a Rights Retention Statement on the manuscript.  
 
Deal type

Transitional agreement: 100% of the cost of eligible APCs covered

 

How to use

Author workflow, publication process and support materials overview: https://acsopenscience.org/how-to-publish-open-access/

Please contact openaccess.publishing@durham.ac.uk with any questions. 

Summary

We have signed up to the Jisc Read & Publish deal with the American Institute of Physics (AIP).

Through this deal, Durham corresponding authors can publish gold open access in one of the publisher’s hybrid titles detailed below and the Article Processing Charge (APC) can be covered.  

Article type covered by the deal: Research article

Licence type available: CC BY (Creative Commons Attribution) – this licence will meet any external funder’s open access requirements including UKRI and Wellcome

Please note that this deal is capped/limited and availability will only be known at the point of acceptance. You will need to indicate at the point of submission that you wish to publish gold open access under the terms of this agreement but if there are no available APCs at the point of acceptance, the publisher will contact you to ask how you would like to proceed. At that point you can opt to publish via the subscribe-to-access route.

If you are acknowledging funding from one of the UK Research Councils or Wellcome, please still contact openaccess.publishing@durham.ac.uk in relation to your article.

Titles included in deal

  • AIP Conference Proceedings
  • American Journal of Physics
  • Applied Physics Letters
  • Applied Physics Reviews
  • AVS Quantum Science
  • Biointerphases
  • Biomicrofluidics
  • Chaos
  • Chinese Journal of Chemical Physics
  • Journal of Applied Physics
  • Journal of Laser Applications
  • Journal of Mathematical Physics
  • Journal of Physical and Chemical Reference Data
  • Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy
  • Journal of Rheology
  • Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
  • Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology A
  • Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology B
  • LIA Conference Proceedings
  • Low Temperature Physics
  • Physics of Fluids
  • Physics of Plasmas
  • Review of Scientific Instruments
  • Surface Science Spectra
  • The Journal of Chemical Physics
  • The Physics Teacher

Titles not included in deal

  • Journal of the Physical Society of Japan
  • Physics Today
Deal type

Transitional agreement: 100% of the cost of eligible APCs covered

What to do
  • Follow the guidance on the publisher's webpages and/or in the author guide (PDF) below at the point of submission to indicate your preference for gold open access under the terms of this agreement
Summary
  • From 1st January 2021, Durham corresponding authors can publish open access in the American Physiological Society's 12 hybrid journals.
  • The articles will be published under a CC BY licence. 
  • Articles must be accepted between 1/1/21 and 31/12/22
  • More information on the APS website
Deal type

Transitional agreement: 100% of the cost of eligible APCs covered

What to do:
  • The publisher states: APS will automatically identify these authors based on their institutional affiliation. Upon acceptance of their manuscript with APS, the author will be notified that their work can be published under an open CC-BY license without paying article processing charges. This option, provided by their library and APS, allows the author to retain copyright of their article.

  • Further guidance is available from the publisher's website

If you have any questions please get in touch at openaccess.publishing@durham.ac.uk

Summary

Annual Reviews is following a 'Subscribe to Open' approach which Durham is supporting.  

Essentially, this means that libraries subscribe, and if subscription revenue is high enough the following journals will be published open access

  • Annual Review of Biomedical Engineering 
  • Annual Review of Cancer Biology
  • Annual Review of Environment and Resources
  • Annual Review of Genomics and Human Genetics 
  • Annual Review of Nuclear and Particle Science
  • Annual Review of Political Science
  • Annual Review of Public Health
  • Annual Review of Virology 
Deal type

Subscribe to open

What to do
  • Nothing - if subscription levels are high enough across institutions, the year's Annual Review will be published open access.
Summary

Brill Journals 2021 Transformative Agreement via Jisc 

As of 1 January 2021, Durham corresponding authors may publish research and review articles in Open Access in any of Brill's journals, including Gold Full Open Access titles.

  • The number of APCs per institution is uncapped.
  • For more information see Brill's webpages.
Deal type

Transitional agreement: 100% of the cost of eligible APCs covered

What to do:
  • 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 open access right away and free of charge.

 

Summary

From January 2021, Durham University have signed up to the Cambridge University press deal through Jisc.  This allows unlimited publishing in both pure gold open access and hybrid CUP titles for Durham corresponding authors. 

To be eligible, articles must:

Deal type

Transitional agreement: 100% of the cost of eligible APCs covered

How to use
  • Once your article is accepted, you will be informed you are eligible for open access publishing - based on your Durham University affiliation.  
  • You can choose to publish open access.
  • You can then choose your open access licence. 
  • The Library will be asked by CUP to confirm your eligibility to publish under the terms of the deal.

More comprehensive details and guidance can be found on the publisher's webpages, the FAQs, and on the step-by-step guide.

Summary


The Cold Spring Harbor Journals "Read and Publish" Agreement gives Durham University corresponding authors open access publishing for their research articles under a CC BY licence in the following journals:

  • Genes & Development
  • Genome Research
  • RNA
  • Learning & Memory

The current agreement runs from 1st January 2022 - 31st December 2022

Deal type

Transitional agreement: 100% of the cost of eligible APCs covered

What to do
  • Eligible articles will be identified by the publisher by your institutional email and affiliation so please ensure that these are used.
  • This is a new deal and we have not seen examples of the correspondence authors will receive directly from the publisher. Any additional guidance that we receive will be made available on this page. Please get in touch with the Open Access Team if you have any questions. 
Summary


The Company of Biologists' Read and Publish Transitional Agreement gives Durham University corresponding authors open access publishing for their research articles under a CC BY licence in the following journals:

  • Development
  • Journal of Cell Science
  • Journal of Experimental Biology

The current agreement runs from 1st January 2022 - 31st December 2022

Deal type

Transitional agreement: 100% of the cost of eligible APCs covered

What to do
  • Eligible articles will be identified by the publisher by your institutional email and affiliation so please ensure that these are used.
  • This is a new deal and we have not seen examples of the correspondence authors will receive directly from the publisher. Any additional guidance that we receive will be made available on this page. Please get in touch with the Open Access Team if you have any questions. 
Summary

Durham University has signed up to De Gruyter's Read and Publish deal which offers open access for articles by Durham corresponding authors in De Gruyter's hybrid journals which we have a subscription to. 

Eligible article types are:

  • Original Paper – Standard article, usually presenting new results; articles published under this article type may also be referred to as Original Research, Original Article, Original Paper or Research Paper
  • Review Paper – Standard article, interpreting previously published results
  • Brief Communication – Short article submitted for rapid publication that exhibits the same structure as a standard article
  • Continuing Education – Article forming integral part of further education (usually medical)
  • Case Reports – Articles in medical journals

Additional information is available from the publisher's website.

Deal type

Transitional agreement: 100% of the cost of eligible APCs covered

How to use
  • Submit your article. Instructions on how to submit are specified on each journal webpage under the Submission of Manuscripts tab.
  • Don’t forget to submit your article using your affiliated institutional e-mail address.
  • If your article is accepted, the publisher automatically checks if an open access agreement applies.
  • If an article is eligible, your article will be published in open access under a Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0 (CC BY 4.0) at no cost for you.

 

Summary

The transitional offer provides unlimited open access publishing to Durham University-affiliated corresponding authors in Elsevier's hybrid journals including the Cell Press and Lancet titles.

  • Deal duration: 1st January 2022 to 31st December 2024
  • Licence choice: immediate open access under CC BY and CC BY-NC-ND terms in the Eligible Journals (ensure that you select the CC BY licence if your funder requires this (e.g. UK Research Councils (UKRI) and Wellcome)
  • The agreement does not cover any submission fee, page charges or colour charges.  These also cannot be covered by either the UKRI Open Access Block Grant or the Wellcome Block Grant and must be met by the author directly.

 

You can find more about this agreement on Elsevier's webpages

If you are publishing in a fully open access journal you may be able to benefit from a 15% reduction on the APC - please contact the Open Access Team for more information. 

 

Deal type

Transitional agreement: 100% of the cost of eligible APCs covered 

 

How to use

Please see the PDF below which shows the workflow for Durham corresponding authors who wish to request open access in a hybrid journal.

 

If you have any questions, contact openaccess.publishing@durham.ac.uk 

 

 

Summary

We currently have an agreement with Frontiers which gives a 10% discount on the cost of the Article Processing Charge (APC) for Durham corresponding authors. 

To benefit from this discount, the payment of the whole APC needs to be paid centrally by the Open Access Team.  This can only be done for eligible papers acknowledging UK Research Council or Wellcome funding.

Discount
  • 10% - for UK Research Council funded or Wellcome papers only (and only where the whole APC is funded from the block grants)
What to do:
  • At the point of submission, your paper will appear in our Frontiers dashboard for the Open Access team to confirm whether they will fund the APC if the paper is accepted - please ensure that you get in touch with the Open Access team at this point (openaccess.publishing@durham.ac.uk) to request that funds are committed. 

  • At the point of submission, use your Durham University email address, select Durham University as your affiliation, and also add your funder information. 

  • Additional details on the Frontiers blog

Summary

IEEE recently updated their Green Open Access policy for researchers submitting work funded by UKRI or Welcome Trust. All accepted Journal Article and Conference Papers can be made Open Access in compliance with the UKRI “Route 2” option.

  • Authors may deposit the Author’s Accepted Manuscript in an institutional or subject repository at the time of final publication. 
  • No delay or ‘embargo period’ between publication of the Version of Record and open access of will be applied. 
  • The deposited version can be assigned a CC BY licence 

 

Deal type

Rights Retention for open access compliance

 

What to do

So that your article is compliant via Route 2 (the “green” open access route) in accordance with the UKRI Open Access Policy, ensure that you include the following text in the funding acknowledgement section of the manuscript and any cover letter/note accompanying the submission: 

‘For the purpose of open access, the author(s) has applied a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licence to any Author Accepted Manuscript version arising’

 

For Wellcome, the Rights Retention Statement should be included:

'This research was funded in whole, or in part, by the Wellcome Trust [Grant number xxxxx]. For the purpose of open access, the author has applied a CC BY public copyright licence to any Author Accepted Manuscript version arising from this submission.'

 

IMPORTANT TO NOTE: As an extra step, IEEE also requests that authors email them at copyrights@ieee.org at the point of acceptance with:

  • Details of the manuscript
  • A reminder that the article is acknowledging UKRI/UK Research Council funding or Wellcome funding
  • Confirmation that the accepted version of the article has been/will be deposited with a CC BY licence

 

Please note that IEEE states that this is the process until this can be built into the normal workflow.

IEEE:  "If someone forgets to do this we can address it retrospectively. This is a new policy and IEEE need to understand when a CC BY has been applied."

Please contact openaccess.publishing@durham.ac.uk with any queries. 

 
Summary
  • We are part of the IOP and Jisc Collections agreement which enables Durham corresponding authors to publish their work Open Access in IOP's hybrid journals at no cost to themselves. Please note that this does not include all of their society partner journals so it is important to check the list of eligible journal titles here (titles in lists A, B, and D are relevant to Durham authors).
  • New for 2022: Durham corresponding authors can also publish in eighteen IOP gold open access publications and the fee will be covered by the deal (see the PDF towards the bottom of the page for the list of titles)
  • Eligible article types: research papers, special issue papers, review articles and letters
  • Further details can be found on the publisher's website and in the flyer below.
Deal type
  • Transitional agreement: 100% of the cost of eligible APCs covered

 

What to do:
  • IOP will identify qualifying articles for free APCs and inform authors of their inclusion.
  • When you submit your article, please supply your affiliation clearly in the article submission form and in the article itself.
  • You will be asked to agree to the CC BY open access license.
 

Please note that the agreement relates to the Article Processing Charge only and any additional publication charges will not be paid for or discounted.

 

Summary

The Lyell Collection Read & Publish Deal is available for Durham University corresponding authors. 

Articles published in the following Geological Society of London journals by eligible authors will be published gold open access with a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licence

•    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

And book series:
•    Special Publications
•    Memoirs
•    Engineering Geology Special Publications
 

Additional information is available from the publisher's website.

Deal type

Transitional agreement: 100% of the cost of eligible APCs covered

How to use

The following details are from the publisher:

  • An eligible author is the “corresponding author” of the article and their eligibility is confirmed when they use their institutional email address (in this case durham.ac.uk) and select the institution name on their user profile in Editorial Manager.
  • Author profiles can be updated by clicking on ‘Update My Information’ when logged in to Editorial Manager. Authors should also use the qualifying institution name when providing their details during submission.

 

If you are acknowledging funding from one of the UK Research Councils, please still contact us at the point of acceptance so that we can report your paper in the annual grant report to UKRI.

If you have any questions or think that your paper should have been published gold open access under the terms of this agreement but has not, please also get in touch

 

 

Summary
  • Available to all Durham University-affililated corresponding authors
  • UK Research Council-funded authors who wish the APC payment to be made via the University's RCUK block grant, please apply for funds and ensure these are committed before submitting to a fully OA journal.
Discount
  • 10%
What to do
  • Authors are prompted in the last step of submission to determine if they are eligible for discounts under the open access program
  • The program is pre-selected if authors use their institutional email address
  • Further information can be found at https://www.mdpi.com/ioap

 

Summary


The Microbiology Society's Publish and Read Transitional Agreement gives Durham University corresponding authors open access publishing for their research articles under a CC BY licence in the following journals:

  • International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
  • Journal of General Virology
  • Journal of Medical Microbiology
  • Microbiology
  • Microbial Genomics (fully OA journal)
  • Access Microbiology (fully OA journal)

The current agreement runs from 1st January 2022 - 31st December 2022

Deal type

Transitional agreement: 100% of the cost of eligible APCs covered

What to do
  • Eligible articles will be identified by the publisher by your institutional email and affiliation so please ensure that these are used.
  • You should receive notification from the publisher of the scheme through the peer review process. 
  • This is a new deal and we have not seen examples of the correspondence authors will receive directly from the publisher. Any additional guidance that we receive will be made available on this page. Please get in touch with the Open Access Team if you have any questions. 
Summary

There is currently no JISC-approved Transitional Agreement in place which covers Nature, Nature Research journals and Palgrave journals. Please see the most recent announcements from JISC and Springer Nature.

We are aware that some authors may have received an email from SpringerNature on or around the 1st April 2022, which we believe may be misleading and omit some important detail. The below communication supercedes the content of that email.


UPDATE: Springer Nature update from JISC (26th May 2022)

Springer Nature has been asked to revise and resubmit an application for its Nature Research Journals and Palgrave Journals to become Jisc-approved transformative journals.

In its application, made on 14 April 2022, Springer Nature offered deposit of an author’s accepted manuscript (AAM) under CC-BY terms to authors funded by UKRI for a temporary period.

Following a review by the content expert group against the sector’s requirements it was agreed that the application did not currently meet the sector’s criteria. This is because the information presented to authors does not equally signpost the option to deposit the AAM alongside the option to publish the Version of Record and pay an article processing charge (APC).

Following receipt of the group’s feedback, Springer Nature has indicated it will be revising its application before it is again considered by the content expert group.

As such, the costs of APCs for papers submitted to the Nature Research and Palgrave journals after 1 April 2022 remain ineligible for UKRI OA funds. Authors should continue to discuss submissions and publishing options with their institution.

SN continues to guarantee a compliant route to publication for these UKRI corresponding authors by offering them the ability to select to deposit their AAM during the period of 1 April to 31 December. This guarantee is independent of these journals being approved as Jisc-approved TJs.

Springer Nature asked to revise application for its titles to become JISC-approved transformative journal


Updated guidance to authors from SpringerNature (25th April 2022)

Our application for Jisc Transformative Journal status for journals in the Nature or Palgrave portfolio is in progress. In the case that a post April 1st submission is accepted for publication in a Nature or Palgrave journal in 2022 and a UKRI corresponding author wishes to make use of our guarantee of compliance with UKRI requirements, they can contact Springer Nature’s author support team (OAfundingpolicy@springernature.com). Authors can therefore submit to our titles with every confidence that they will be able to meet UKRI requirements.

Plan S compliance for Springer Nature authors | Open research | Springer Nature


Jisc statement on Springer Nature negotiations (25th April 2022)

UK institutions are in negotiation with Springer Nature to secure a transitional open access (OA) agreement for the Nature, Nature research journals and Palgrave journals. A proposal that meets the requirements of the sector has not yet been provided.

In accordance with UKRI OA policy, while Springer Nature provides a compliant route to OA publishing in Nature, Nature research journals and Palgrave journals via immediate publishing of the Version of Record OA under a CC BY licence, authors (and their institutions) who submitted manuscripts after 1 April are not able to use UKRI OA funds to pay for article processing charges (APCs) in these titles as they are hybrid journals and not part of a transitional arrangement that meets the sector’s requirements.

In recognition that negotiations are ongoing, Springer Nature is seeking to register these titles as Jisc-approved transformative journals and to meet requirement 1.2 for UKRI-funded authors during the period 1 April 2022 to 31 December 2022.

Springer Nature is currently in the application process for approval of these titles to become transformative journals. If the application is successful, two routes will be available to UKRI authors: deposit of the accepted manuscript with no embargo and with CC BY or gold OA (paying an APC).

If the title is a Jisc-approved transformative journal, UKRI OA funds may be used for associated OA charges. If the title is not accepted as a Jisc transformative journal, UKRI OA funds may not be used. Authors are advised to consult their institution regarding use of UKRI funds to cover APCs.

Springer Nature has also stated that it will ‘guarantee a compliant route to publication for UKRI-funded corresponding authors submitting to these titles from 1 April 2022 to 31 December 2022’. Prior to any accepted transitional arrangement, authors will need to follow Springer Nature’s process to take advantage of this guarantee, as set out in the Springer Nature frequently asked questions.

Since a compliant route is not necessarily a route that is eligible for UKRI OA funds, it is advisable for authors to include the licensing notification statement in their article submissions if they wish to make use of this guarantee.

Springer Nature negotiations aim to secure a transitional open access agreement | Jisc


Jisc statement on the eligibility of Nature, Nature research, Palgrave journals to use UKRI open access funding (8th April 2022)

UK institutions are in negotiation with Springer Nature to secure a transitional open access agreement for the Nature, Nature research journals and Palgrave journals. A proposal that meets the requirements of the sector has not yet been provided; the latest proposal, for an agreement to start in January 2023, was unanimously rejected by the UUK Jisc content negotiation strategy group and Jisc content expert group.

In accordance with UKRI OA policy, whilst Springer Nature provides a compliant route to OA publishing in Nature, Nature research journals and Palgrave journals via immediate publishing of the Version of Record OA under a CC BY licence, authors (and their institutions) are not able to use UKRI OA funds to pay for APCs in these titles as they are hybrid journals and ‘not part of a transitional arrangement that meets the sector’s requirements’.

Springer Nature is seeking to register their Nature, Nature research journals and Palgrave journals as Jisc approved Transformative Journals (TJs) and ‘guarantee a compliant route to publication for UKRI-funded corresponding authors submitting to these titles from 1st April until 31st December 2022 enabling us to register them as Jisc-approved Transformative Journals.’

As of 8 April, Springer Nature has not submitted an application to register these titles as Jisc approved transformative journals nor demonstrated how they will meet the sector’s requirements for TJs. This means that the publication charges of up to €9500 are not currently eligible to be supported using UKRI’s open access funds.

Whilst negotiations for a transitional agreement are ongoing, we hope to secure an arrangement for these titles that provides a compliant route for UKRI funded authors, but which does not compel an author or an institution to pay publication charges.


Statement issued by Springer Nature (1st April 2022)

Springer Nature shares UKRI and Jisc’s goals of enabling a full transition to immediate OA for primary research. 

UKRI-funded authors submitting to Springer Nature journals within our existing Jisc Springer Compact transformative Agreement (TA) as well as our fully OA journals can continue to publish in these titles and utilise UKRI OA funds.

For our journals which are currently not part of our TA with Jisc (Nature, Nature research journals, Palgrave journals), discussions are continuing with UK institutions and Jisc,  with the aim of having a TA agreement in place from January 2023. 

We appreciate however that the lack of a formally agreed funding mechanism for these titles from 1st April will be concerning for potential authors and so, in recognition of our desire to put in place a transformative agreement with UK institutions, Springer Nature will guarantee a compliant route to publication for UKRI-funded corresponding authors submitting to these titles from 1 April until 31 December 2022, enabling us to register them as Jisc-approved Transformative Journals. 

As a result, these authors will be able to publish in compliance with UKRI policy and may even use available funds if desired to make the final published version immediately available.

 
Deal type

None

How to use
Not applicable

Summary

  • We financially support the Open Library of Humanities (OLH) and this ensures that the journals published by them are fully open access with no Article Processing Charges to be paid by authors
  • The current list of OLH journals can be found here

Deal type

  • Fully open access - no author fees

What to do

  • Follow the directions for submission on the OLH website

 

Summary

OUP and a number of UK institutions have agreed a Read and Publish deal for 2021-2023. Eligible authors from participating institutions in the UK can request use of this account to pay the Open Access charge when arranging payment in OUP’s online licensing and payment system.

  • This deal is applicable to article types: Research ("Manuscripts marked as ‘original article’ ‘research article’ ‘original research’ will likely be research articles"or Review (please note that book reviews are not covered by the deal)
  • The article must have been received by their production department in 2021 or 2022 - this happens after acceptance so should not be confused with the submission date
  • To make use of this agreement, the corresponding author must be from Durham University (or one of the other participating organisations). Please ensure you use your Durham University email address in the OUP system.
  • This agreement covers a number of OUP journals (both hybrid and fully OA) but not all - check the list here 
NB: If you are in any doubt as to whether your "article type" is covered by this deal please contact the Open Access Team or OUP directly for guidance prior to requesting open access. 
Deal type

Transitional agreement: 100% of the cost of eligible APCs covered

What to do

If you are funded by one of the UK Research Councils, please email openaccess.publishing@durham.ac.uk to let us know that you will be publishing gold open access via this agreement.  We are required by UKRI to report the open access status of all papers acknowledging their funding.

The instructions from the OUP website have been copied below. There is also a useful PDF with screenshots of the process towards the bottom of this page. 

Ensure that you have checked the list of eligible journals and confirmed that your paper is either "research" or "review" before proceeding. 

 

I'm an eligible author, what do I need to do?

To request use of Open Access funds from one of the UK institutions follow the steps below:

Step 1

  • Once your paper has been accepted for publication, as the corresponding author you will receive an email with a link to OUP’s online licencing and payment system.

Step 2

  • Log in to sign your licence to publish and choose an Open Access licence. [Please note, you will be asked to confirm that you will pay the Open Access charge but you will not need to pay the charge provided that your eligibility is confirmed by OUP]

Step 3

  • Proceed to payment and select ‘UK Institutions (Jisc affiliated)’ from the dropdown list of institutions beneath ‘Open Access Prepayment Account’ on the Article Charges page.
  • Check the ‘Refer Charge?’ box next to the Open Access charge, and then click ‘Refer Charges’ at the bottom of the page.
  • Provide the information requested on the ‘Confirm Address’ page and complete the request. You will receive an email confirming that your request has been sent.
  • Your request will be reviewed to verify that you are eligible.
  • You will need to arrange payment separately for any other charges applicable to your article, i.e. page or colour charges.

Step 4

  • You will receive an email when the verification process is complete and the Open Access charge has been paid.
  • If your request is not approved you will need to arrange payment of the Open Access charge via another method, either credit/debit card or invoice 

 

Any questions

Please get in touch with us at openaccess.publishing@durham.ac.uk or OUP directly at prepayments@oup.com

 

Summary

We have signed up to the "Flat Fee" model which means that Durham-affiliated corresponding authors will not have APCs to pay in the following journals:

  • PLOS ONE
  • PLOS Computational Biology
  • PLOS Pathogens
  • PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases
  • PLOS Genetics
  • PLOS Climate
  • PLOS Digital Health
  • PLOS Global Public Health
  • PLOS Sustainability & Transformation
  • PLOS Water

Accepted articles will be published with a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licence. 

Deal type

Fully Open Access – Flat Fee

What to do

PLOS advises: Upon submitting your manuscript to any of the eligible PLOS journals, be sure to list your institutional affiliation in our submission system, Editorial Manager. If your work is accepted for publication, we’ll check this field and ensure that your benefits are applied to waive or reduce any publication fees.
 

Additional detailed instructions have been provided by the publisher at Flat Fee Author Guide - Google Slides

 

If you have any questions, please contact the Open Access Team at openaccess.publishing@durham.ac.uk 

If you are acknowledging funding from one of the UK Research Councils and you are publishing in one of the titles listed above, please contact the Open Access Team so that this can be reported accurately to your funder.

Note

If publishing in one of the titles detailed above and you receive an invoice please get in touch and we can advise on whether this is something that should have been covered by the deal.  You may find this to be the case especially if you submitted prior to January 2021. 

 

 

Summary

Durham University have signed up to the Jisc Publish-and-Read Transformative Agreement with the National Academy of Sciences.  

Under the agreement, corresponding authors from an institution that has signed up with Jisc may publish open access in PNAS without incurring article page charges. A CC BY license is applied to the article by default. Authors who opt out of publishing their articles with an open access license will be responsible for paying the full PNAS charges for their articles, as outlined in the PNAS Publication Fees.

Eligible articles: Research articles, including Brief Reports, accepted on or after the date on which the institution places an order for the agreement.

Deal type

Transitional agreement: 100% of the cost of eligible APCs covered

How to use

This information has been taken from the publisher's website. We are not familiar with the process itself or what information authors receive directly from the publisher. If you have any questions about this, please get in touch and we can liaise with them on your behalf to find out more. 

  • The corresponding author must be affiliated with an institution participating in this pilot agreement, 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 July 1, 2021, and June 30, 2023.
  • Authors who publish in PNAS always retain copyright ownership or have the ability to set the copyright owner as their institutions when required.

 

Summary
  • The Biochemical Society and Portland Press have a deal with JISC which Durham corresponding authors are eligible to use from January 1st 2021.
  • The deal covers both hybrid and fully gold titles
  • A CC BY licence will apply.

APC-free OA publication can take place in all seven Portland Press journals:

Research journals:

•    Biochemical Journal
•    Clinical Science
•    Neuronal Signaling*
•    Bioscience Reports*

*These are fully OA journals where every paper is published via the Gold OA route. There is, therefore, no option for authors to opt out of OA publishing; however, the papers will be published OA without requirement for payment of any APCs if the article is eligible for OA under a Read & Publish deal.

Review journals:

•    Biochemical Society Transactions
•    Essays in Biochemistry
•    Emerging Topics in Life Sciences 

  • More information here
Deal type

Transitional agreement: 100% of the cost of eligible APCs covered

What to do
  • During the submission process you will be asked to validate your institution. Full details (including screenshots) of the process can be found in the PDF below. 
  • If you have any questions please get in touch at openaccess.publishing@durham.ac.uk
Summary

We are signed up to the Jisc-negotiated "Royal Society Read & Publish Transitional Agreement 2022".

This deal covers articles that are submitted for publication between 1st January 2022 and 31st December 2022.

Through this deal, Durham University corresponding authors can publish gold open access with a CC BY licence in any of Royal Society's eight hybrid (subscription) journals or the two fully open access journals and the Article Processing Charge (APC) will be covered by this deal:

  • Philosophical Transactions A (hybrid)
  • Philosophical Transactions B (hybrid)
  • Proceedings A (hybrid)
  • Proceedings B (hybrid)
  • Biology Letters (hybrid)
  • Interface (hybrid)
  • Interface Focus (hybrid)
  • Notes & Records (hybrid)
  • Open Biology (fully open access)
  • Open Science (fully open access)
Deal type

Transitional agreement: 100% of the cost of eligible APCs covered

What to do
  • Ensure that you correspond with Royal Society using your Durham University email address
  • Ensure that you state your Durham University affiliation on submission

We are awaiting additional information from the publisher regarding the processes for publishing open access under the terms of this agreement. Please get in touch with the Open Access team if you have any questions or you can direct these to publishing@royalsociety.org

Additional information about this deal is on the publisher's website: Royal Society Read and Publish | Royal Society

 

Summary

The Royal Society of Chemistry Read & Publish agreement is unlimited and allows Durham University corresponding authors to publish open access in RSC's hybrid journals. 

  • Eligible articles: All peer reviewed article types are eligible for publication in this agreement and these fall into three main categories: full papers, communications, and reviews. Editorials and Corrections are not covered. Further information on article types is available via the publisher’s website
  • Licence options: The publisher offers authors a choice of CC BY (default) or CC BY-NC licences.
    • IMPORTANT (UKRI and Wellcome funded authors): You must use the CC BY licence to meet the terms of your funding contract.
    • IMPORTANT (Other funders): Please check the terms of your funding contract to confirm if a specific open licence is required for your article.

Please note that the agreement does not cover any submission fee, page charges or colour charges. These also cannot be covered by either the UKRI Open Access Block Grant or the Wellcome Block Grant and must be met by the author directly.

Rights Retention Statement position: 
The RSC will not reject submitted manuscripts or divert manuscripts to alternative journals because they include a Rights Retention statement. Although the RSC strongly encourage eligible authors to follow the gold OA route, where this is not possible, RSC have confirmed that they do not reject or re-route on the basis of an author employing RRS statements.
 
Deal type

Transitional agreement: 100% of the cost of eligible APCs covered

 

How to use

What to do (from RSC)
The publisher is responsible for the identification of Eligible Authors.  If authors have not provided data to identify their eligibility at submission, they are not guaranteed to be identified as eligible to publish open access under this Agreement.

  • Double-check that you are listed as the corresponding author, both in our online submission system and in your manuscript
  • Use your official institutional email address to submit your manuscript (this helps us to identify you)
  • State your institute affiliation and email address in your manuscript and make sure this remains the same, even after submission
  • Do not sign the standard licence to publish; upon acceptance of your manuscript, you will be able to choose and sign the CC BY or CC BY-NC open access licence.

This is a new agreement as of April 2022 and we do not have complete information about the workflow or what happens if your article is already submitted. We will find out more as soon as possible and add to the details on this page.  In the meantime, please contact openaccess.publishing@durham.ac.uk with any questions. 

Summary


The Rockefeller University Press' "Read and Publish" Agreement gives Durham University corresponding authors open access publishing for their research articles under a CC BY licence in the following hybrid/subscription journals:

  • Journal of Cell Biology
  • Journal of Experimental Medicine
  • Journal of General Physiology

The current agreement runs from 1st January 2022 - 31st December 2023

Deal type

Transitional agreement: 100% of the cost of eligible APCs covered

What to do
  • Eligible articles will be identified by the publisher by your institutional email and affiliation so please ensure that these are used.
  • This is a new deal and we have not seen examples of the correspondence authors will receive directly from the publisher. Any additional guidance that we receive will be made available on this page. Please get in touch with the Open Access Team if you have any questions. 
  • Additional information is available on the publisher's website and in the document about their Read & Publish workflow below (PDF).  

Summary

  • Durham corresponding authors publishing an article in 900+ subscription journals in the current SAGE Premier package, as well as in the IMechE Journal Collection and the Royal Society of Medicine Collection, which offer hybrid open access publishing (SAGE Choice) can be published open access, at no cost to them. You will find a spreadsheet of participating journals via the publisher's website.
  • 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) on 150+ pure Gold journals. Click here for the participating Gold journal title list.
  • Book reviews and invited articles are not covered by the deal. 
  • More information can be found on the Sage website.
Deal type

Transitional agreement (for hybrid/subscription journals - 100% of the cost of eligible APCs covered)

Plus 20% discount for pure Gold open access journals.

What to do

  • Ensure that you select Durham University as your institution on submission and use your Durham University email address.
  • On acceptance, the Open Access team will be asked to approve your eligibility to publish open access under the terms of the agreement.
  • Once approved, Sage will contact you to ask you to accept the offer of open access, to select your licence, and to sign your agreement.  Acceptance of the offer should be done within two weeks of being contacted.
  • If you choose to reject the offer you will be asked to provide a reason for doing so.
  • The licence options are CC BY and CC BY-NC. If you have declared a funder that requires a specific licence (e.g. CC BY for UK Research Councils) then you should only be offered that licence.

 

 

Summary

The Springer Compact agreement for UK institutions enables articles published in Springer Open Choice (hybrid) journals to be open access and automatically compliant with funder requirements.

  • The deal is available to Durham corresponding authors publishing in Springer Open Choice journals
  • Retrospective conversion is not available through this deal.
  • The article will be published open access with a CC BY licence (there is no licence choice)
  • There are a finite number of APCs available to all of the HEIs that are signed up to the agreement. We are unable to guarantee, therefore, that there will be availability at the point a paper is accepted.
  • There is additional information on the publisher's website.
  • Article types covered by the deal:
    • OriginalPaper: Standard article, usually presenting new results; articles published under this article type may also be referred to as Original Research, Original Article, Original Paper or Research Paper
    • ReviewPaper: Standard article, interpreting previously published results
    • BriefCommunication: Short article submitted for rapid publication that exhibits the same structure as a standard article
    • ContinuingEducation: Article forming integral part of further education (usually medical).
Deal type

Transitional agreement: 100% of the cost of eligible APCs covered

What to do

  • When completing the online form at acceptance, under Your University / Institution select "University of Durham (Durham | United Kingdom)" from the drop down list.
  • The Your open access option dialogue will then appear. Select "Yes, I want to publish my article with open access and my institution covers the charge". Please be assured that if you see this message that neither you nor your department will be charged for the APC. If you decline the offer to publish your article in gold open access at this stage, the publisher will not permit you to then change your mind.
  • Springer will then notify the Library's Open Access Team for verification that the author is affiliated with Durham.
  • Once verified, the publisher will proceed with publishing your paper gold open access with a CC BY licence.

 

Summary


We have signed up to the Taylor & Francis Read & Publish deal via Jisc.

Through this deal, Durham corresponding authors can publish gold open access when meeting the following criteria:

  • Article type is “core content” (original research)
  • The journal is an Open Select title (hybrid rather than fully open access) – you can use the tool on the Taylor & Francis website to find out whether the journal you are publishing in is “Open Select” 
  • The article was accepted after 1 January 2021


There are a finite number of APCs available to all of the HEIs that are signed up to the agreement. We are unable to guarantee, therefore, that there will be availability at the point a paper is accepted.


If you are acknowledging funding from one of the UK Research Councils please inform us that your paper has been accepted even if you do not have any questions about this agreement or the process.  This will help to ensure that we accurately report your compliance with the UKRI Open Access Policy. 

Deal type

Transitional agreement: 100% of the cost of eligible APCs covered

What to do
  • At the point of acceptance, we will be alerted to your paper if it is potentially eligible to be published gold open access under this deal. You will also receive an email to say that we have an agreement with the publisher and that we (the Library Open Access Team) will need to approve “open access funding for your article”.
  • When you receive this email, if you have any questions please get in touch via email at openaccess.publishing@durham.ac.uk
  • Once approved, you will then get a further notification from Taylor & Francis to let you know that this has happened.
  • When this occurs, if you have not yet signed a publishing agreement (or if you have and you selected to not publish open access) you will receive an email asking you to sign one. You will also be asked to select a Creative Commons licence.

If you are funded by a UK Research Council or Wellcome please ensure that you select the CC BY (Creative Commons Attribution) licence.  If you are acknowledging funding from elsewhere and you are unsure which licence to select, please get in touch and we will do our best to help.

The above process is the “default” process and screenshots are also provided in the PDF below.  However, if you find that you receive different communications from Taylor & Francis, please let us know and we can talk you through those, if required.

 

Summary
  • In March 2020 we signed up to the Wiley Read & Publish deal.
  • There will be no charge to eligible authors for publishing primary research and review articles gold open access in any of Wiley's fully gold Open Access, hybrid or OnlineOpen journals. It is important to note the following (from Wiley):
    • To publish without having to pay additional Article Publication Charges (APCs), the article's responsible corresponding author must be from an eligible institution and the article must have been accepted on or after 1 January 2022 if submitted to a hybrid journal, and on submission from 1 January 2022 if submitting to a fully gold open access journal.
  • The deal is available for Durham corresponding authors - please note that where there are multiple corresponding authors on a paper, Wiley has introduced a Responsible Corresponding Author (RCA) and it is only this author that is eligible to be covered by the deal. 
  • There is a national cap on the number of articles that can be published.
  • More information available here.

 

Deal type

Transitional agreement: 100% of the cost of eligible APCs covered

What to do: 

For hybrid/subscription journals:

  • After acceptance, log in to Wiley Author Services
  • Click 'Select Online Open'
  • Choose Durham University as your affiliation
  • If funded from one of the UK Research Councils or Wellcome, ensure that this information is added
  • Confirm that you would like to make your article Online Open
  • The Library will be notified of the request and will approve.

For fully open access journals:

  • Select "Durham University" on submission.

You will also find guidance on how to request open access on Wiley's webpages (includes screenshots).

Licence choice

If you are acknowledging funding from a UK Research Council or Wellcome Trust please ensure that you select the CC BY (Creative Commons Attribution) licence to ensure compliance with your funder's open access policy. If you have any queries in relation to which licence to select, please get in touch.

 

Further help

If you are presented with something other than the steps detailed above or if you have any questions, please contact openaccess.publishing@durham.ac.uk