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Transformative Agreements

The Royal Society launched transformative agreements to begin from 1 January 2021. These agreements allow researchers to publish with no APC fee at the point of use.

In addition to these agreements APC waivers are available for Royal Society Open Science and Open Biology for member countries of Research4Life. Free access to paywalled articles is available in over 100 countries.

Our standard transformative model is Read & Publish but we are also running some pilot projects structured in a different way. You can use the list of institutions below to see if you can publish with us at no cost. If you have any questions please get in touch:

Max Planck Institutions Publish and Read Pilot
Corresponding authors at any Max Planck institution are eligible to publish open access and for the APC to be covered centrally by Max Planck Digital Library. This applies to all articles submitted between 1 January and 31 December.

University of California shared funding model
Corresponding authors at the nine eligible UC institutions can publish open access and the APC will be split between the UC library and the author where they have funding. This applies to all articles accepted between 1 January and 31 December.

Read & Publish agreements
Read & Publish agreements enable corresponding authors to publish papers as open access without paying an article processing charge as the charges are covered by their library. If your institution is listed below you can publish open access with us for no fee.

For CAUL institutions in Australia and New Zealand, the Read & Publish agreement applies to all articles accepted between 1 January and 31 December of the year the agreement is in place. 

For IReL institutions in the Republic of Ireland, the Read & Publish agreement applies to all articles published between 1 January and 31 December of the year the agreement is in place.

All other Read & Publish agreements apply to all articles submitted between 1 January and 31 December of the year the agreement is in place.

Agreements for 2021:

United Kingdom  
University of St Andrews UK
Bangor University UK
University of Birmingham UK 
University of Cambridge UK
Cardiff University UK
The University of Edinburgh UK 
Lancaster University UK
Loughborough University UK
The University of Liverpool UK
The University of Manchester UK 
Newcastle University UK
Open University UK
University of Oxford UK
University of Strathclyde UK
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine UK
The University of Sheffield UK
 University of Southampton UK
University of Stirling UK
University of Sussex UK
Queens University Belfast UK
Europe and the Middle East  
Institute of Science and Technology Austria Austria
University of Salzburg Austria
University of Vienna Austria
Danmarks Tekniske Universitet Denmark
Eindhoven University of Technology Netherlands
Georg-August-Universität Göttingen Germany
Maynooth University Ireland
National University of Ireland Galway Ireland
Royal College Surgeons in Ireland Ireland
Technological University Dublin Ireland
Trinity College Dublin Ireland
University College Cork Ireland
University College Dublin Ireland
University of Limerick Ireland
Higher Education Authority Ireland
Science Foundation Ireland Ireland
Teagasc  Ireland
Göteborgs Universitet Sweden
Karolinska Institutet Sweden
Kungl. Tekniska Högskolan Sweden
Linköpings Universitet Sweden
Lunds Universitet Sweden
Naturhistoriska Riksmuseet Sweden
Stockholms Universitet Sweden
Umeå Universitet Sweden
Uppsala Universitet Sweden
Eawag - Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology   Switzerland
Empa - Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology    Switzerland
PSI - Paul Scherrer Institute Switzerland
WSL - Swiss Federal Institute for Forest Snow and Landscape Research Switzerland
Weizmann Institute of Science Israel
Tel-Aviv University Israel
Hebrew University of Jerusalem Israel 
University of Haifa  Israel
KAUST Saudi Arabia
Australia and New Zealand  
CSIRO Australia
Curtin University Australia
Deakin University Australia
La Trobe University Australia
Macquarie University Australia
Monash University Australia
Murdoch University Australia
QUT Australia
University of Canterbury New Zealand
University of Waikato New Zealand
Victoria University of Wellington New Zealand 
Massey University New Zealand
Auckland University of Technology New Zealand
United States of America  
University of Colorado Boulder Libraries USA
University of Florida USA
University of Iowa USA
Montana State University  USA
The Ohio State University USA 
Texas A&M University, including Galveston Campus USA

If you are an author with a question about Read & Publish please email

If you are a librarian with a question about Read & Publish please email

If you are not covered by a transformative agreement you may still be eligible for help with APC costs through open access membership.

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