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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: publishing@royalsociety.org.

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 and 2022:

United Kingdom   2021 2022
University of Bristol UK - Yes
University of Southampton UK Yes Yes
Bangor University UK Yes Yes
Cardiff University UK Yes Yes
Imperial College London UK - Yes
Lancaster University UK Yes Yes
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine UK Yes Yes
Loughborough University UK Yes Yes
Newcastle University UK Yes Yes
Open University UK Yes Yes
Queens University Belfast UK Yes Yes
Royal Veterinary College UK - Yes
Swansea University UK -  Yes
University College London UK - Yes
University of Aberdeen UK - Yes
University of Bath UK - Yes
University of Birmingham UK Yes Yes
University of Cambridge UK Yes Yes
University of Durham UK - Yes
University of Edinburgh UK Yes Yes
University of Exeter UK - Yes
University of Leeds UK - Yes
University of Liverpool UK Yes Yes
University of Manchester UK Yes Yes
University of Nottingham UK - Yes
University of Oxford UK Yes Yes
University of Sheffield UK Yes Yes
University of St Andrews UK Yes Yes
University of Stirling UK Yes Yes
University of Strathclyde UK Yes Yes
University of Sussex UK Yes Yes
University of Warwick UK - Yes
Europe, Middle East & Turkey   2021 2022
Institute of Science and Technology Austria Austria Yes Yes
University of Salzburg Austria Yes Yes
University of Vienna Austria Yes Yes
Danmarks Tekniske Universitet Denmark Yes Yes
Eindhoven University of Technology Netherlands Yes Yes
TU Delft Netherlands - Yes
Twente University Netherlands - Yes
Georg-August-Universität Göttingen Germany Yes Yes
Dublin City University Ireland Yes Yes
Maynooth University Ireland Yes Yes
National University of Ireland Galway Ireland Yes Yes
Royal College Surgeons in Ireland Ireland Yes Yes
Technological University Dublin Ireland Yes Yes
Trinity College Dublin Ireland Yes Yes
University College Cork Ireland Yes Yes
University College Dublin Ireland Yes Yes
University of Limerick Ireland Yes Yes
Higher Education Authority Ireland Yes Yes
Science Foundation Ireland Ireland Yes Yes
Teagasc  Ireland Yes Yes
Göteborgs Universitet Sweden Yes Yes
Karolinska Institutet Sweden Yes Yes
Kungl. Tekniska Högskolan Sweden Yes Yes
Linköpings Universitet Sweden Yes Yes
Lunds Universitet Sweden Yes Yes
Naturhistoriska Riksmuseet Sweden Yes Yes
Stockholms Universitet Sweden Yes Yes
Umeå Universitet Sweden Yes Yes
Uppsala Universitet Sweden Yes Yes
Eawag - Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology   Switzerland Yes Yes
Empa - Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology    Switzerland Yes Yes
PSI - Paul Scherrer Institute Switzerland Yes Yes
WSL - Swiss Federal Institute for Forest Snow and Landscape Research Switzerland Yes Yes
Weizmann Institute of Science Israel Yes Yes
Tel-Aviv University Israel Yes Yes
Hebrew University of Jerusalem Israel Yes Yes
University of Haifa Israel Yes Yes
KAUST Saudi Arabia Yes Yes
Bilkent University Turkey - Yes
CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTÍFICAS - CSIC Spain - Yes
Australia and New Zealand   2021 2022
CSIRO Australia Yes Yes
Curtin University Australia Yes Yes
Deakin University Australia Yes Yes
James Cook University Australia - Yes
La Trobe University Australia Yes Yes
Macquarie University Australia Yes Yes
Monash University Australia Yes Yes
Murdoch University Australia Yes Yes
QUT Australia Yes Yes
University of Adelaide Australia - Yes
University of Melbourne Australia - Yes
University of Queensland Australia - Yes
University of South Australia Australia - Yes
University of Tasmania Australia - Yes
University of Western Australia Australia - Yes
Auckland University of Technology New Zealand Yes Yes
Massey University New Zealand Yes Yes
University of Auckland New Zealand - Yes
University of Canterbury New Zealand Yes Yes
University of Waikato New Zealand Yes Yes
Victoria University of Wellington New Zealand  Yes Yes
Africa   2021 2022
University of Cape Town South Africa - Yes
University of Witwatersrand South Africa -  Yes
North America   2021 2022
Brock University Canada - Yes
Dalhousie University Canada - Yes
MacEwan University Canada - Yes
Simon Fraser University Canada - Yes
University of Saskatchewan Canada - Yes
Western University Canada - Yes
Iowa State University USA - Yes
Montana State University USA Yes Yes
North Carolina State University USA - Yes
Syracuse University USA - Yes
Swarthmore College USA -  Yes
Texas A&M University, including Galveston Campus USA Yes Yes
The Ohio State University USA  Yes Yes
University of Chicago USA - Yes
University of Colorado Boulder Libraries USA Yes Yes
University of Florida USA Yes Yes
University of Iowa USA Yes Yes

If you are an author with a question about Read & Publish please email publishing@royalsociety.org.

If you are a librarian with a question about Read & Publish please email access@royalsociety.org.

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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