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Open access options - now includes Read and Publish

We support open access publishing as part of our commitment to the widest possible dissemination of research. Two of our journals, Royal Society Open Science and Open Biology, are fully open access, while all our other journals provide optional open access compliant with funder mandates (such as Plan S).

From the start of 2021, we now offer APC-free Open Access publication through Read & Publish (where eligible)

What is Read & Publish?

A Read & Publish agreement is a new way for librarians to purchase both content and open access publishing with one simple yearly fee. Researchers from signed-up institutions no longer have to worry about dealing with the financial aspects of publishing. When your paper is accepted for publication by any of our journals, all open access fees are covered by your institution, leaving you to concentrate on your research. When submitting your paper simply select ‘Read & Publish model’ from the list of options. If you are unsure about eligibility, click here for a full list of members.

If your institution does not offer Read and Publish, it might belong to one of our Open Access Membership Programmes, you can benefit from discounts of up to 25% on article processing charges.

Ease of submission and author care

When you submit a paper to one of our journals, we aim to make the process as simple and as straightforward as possible. We always welcome feedback and, if we can, try to act on it. A recent example is the introduction of format-free initial submission for all journals apart from Biology Letters. and Proceedings B. We partner with language editing services which provide professional editing of manuscripts prior to submission.

Rigorous review from experts in your field

Every manuscript receives rigorous and constructive peer review overseen by practising scientists who are world-class experts in their respective fields.

Our editorial boards are each chaired by a Fellow of the Royal Society and made up of distinguished scientists in relevant disciplines. We are actively increasing diversity of editorial boards.

Rapid, high-quality publication

Our authors value rapid publication. Following peer review, your submitted article will receive a first decision in an average of 3–6 weeks. Moreover, under our continuous publication model your paper can be fully cited from the moment it’s published online.

They also appreciate retention of copyright, our high production values and no charge for essential colour. 

High visibility and impact

Our journals continue to achieve high levels of citations and downloads year on year. Published articles benefit from promotion by a dedicated press and marketing service. Royal Society journal content is regularly highlighted in the New York Times, BBC, The Times, China Daily, Der Spiegel, Le Figaro, Nature and Science as well as in a range of other print, online and broadcast media. Articles are also promoted via Twitter, Facebook and WeChat. Our journals are included in Google Scholar, PubMed, Scopus, Web of Science and other indexing and abstracting services – enhancing the discoverability and dissemination of our content. We also promote our journals at numerous scientific conferences throughout the year.

Deposit of open data

For all its science journals, the Society will cover the cost of depositing data with Dryad (a repository for all scientific disciplines). In addition, we deposit all supplementary material into the Figshare repository on the author's behalf.


If your article is declined by Proceedings A, Interface, Proceedings B, Biology Letters or Open Biology on the basis of scope or competition for space, editors may provide the opportunity to transfer the manuscript and peer review reports to another Royal Society journal. The majority of transfer are to Royal Society Open Science - which considers high-quality, scientifically rigorous original research across the entire range of science.

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