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Royal Society Read & Publish

As part of our developing open access journey, we launched Royal Society Read & Publish in January 2021. This is our standard transformative publishing model, which offers a simple, stress-free route to open access publishing. If you are a researcher from a signed-up institution, you can publish an unlimited amount of open access articles in any one of our journals without having to deal with any of the financial aspects of publishing. Once your paper is accepted, all fees and invoices are covered by your institution, leaving you free to concentrate on your research. Under our Read & Publish agreements, you benefit from unlimited access to all our content too - right back to 1665.

Eligibility and ease of submission

  • You can check if you are eligible for all the benefits of Royal Society Read & Publish by browsing our list of signed-up institutions.
  • Working with a team of researchers? This is no problem. Only the corresponding author needs to belong to an institution with a Read & Publish agreement. 
  • During the submission process, simply state details of your institution, select the ‘Read & Publish’ option and we will do the rest.

All our journals welcome open access submissions. Our author journeys below highlight the simple steps from submission to publication for open access papers. 

Why choose us

There are many reasons for choosing to publish with us: between them, our journals cover the whole of science, with the option of multiple article types and themed issues, our peer review is rigorous and constructive, our times are fast, and our publishing policies meet the guidelines set down by all major funders. When your paper is published, we will do our best to ensure maximum visibility and impact for your work. 

We hope you will choose to publish your next paper with us. Whichever journal you choose, we will offer you an excellent publishing service.

* Read & Publish is our standard transformative model; however, we pride ourselves on being as flexible as possible in order to meet the needs of an institution. At present, transformative deals for the Max Planck institutions and the University of California work in a different way. If you are from these institutions, read more details on our agreements page. Librarians can read more about our approach to tailored Read & Publish agreements and other transformative business models on our Read & Publish page for institutions

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