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Read & Publish

The Royal Society actively supports open access publishing through our gold open access journals, green open access policy, open access membership programme, and now through our Read & Publish agreement for 2021.

A Read & Publish agreement is a new way for librarians to purchase both content and open access publishing with one simple yearly fee. Read & Publish customers will be able to access all our content, accepted articles will be published with no APC fees to pay at the point of use.

Many researchers must publish open access as part of their funding agreement, and Royal Society publishing policies meet the guidelines set down by a range of major funders including the Wellcome Trust, Research England, NIH, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, HHMI, UKRI, and the European Commission. All Royal Society journals are Plan S compliant.

You may have researchers at your institution who have wanted to publish open access but not been able to raise the funds to cover an APC. Because our scope is so broad, a Read & Publish deal with the Royal Society allows these researchers to publish open access in subjects where this has previously been very difficult. We publish across all of science including Astronomy, Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence, Earth and Environmental Science, Ecology, Conservation, Engineering, Genetics and Genomics, Mathematics, Evolutionary Biology, Physics and Biophysics, Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience, and over a hundred other scientific subjects.

And there’s our History of Science of journal; Notes and Records.

For several years our transparent pricing model has prevented us from ’double dipping’ subscription and open access income. We’re committed to providing a fair deal for our library partners and authors. Based on market research with librarians and library consortia we have created a model that is simple to understand and provides the features librarians and researchers have told us are important.

The Royal Society Read & Publish Agreement 2021

For researchers:

  • only the corresponding author needs to belong to an institution with a Read & Publish deal
  • no fees or invoices, just pick your institution when you submit
  • uncapped open access publishing either across the portfolio or within physical or life sciences.

For librarians:

  • one simple annual fee tailored to your institution based on current subscription spend, average APC spend over 2 years to stabilise peaks and troughs, and Open Access Membership fee if applicable
  • full access to journal articles
  • perpetual access to content published in a year when the deal was in place
  • one-year deal reviewed and revised for following year.

A Read & Publish deal will be most valuable for universities that subscribe to our journals and have high levels of research output published with us and subscribers where APCs have been a barrier to publication.

Contact us and we’ll calculate your tailored Read & Publish agreement cost for 2021.

Library partners in the UK can also look details of our offer through JISC Transitional Open Access Agreements.

Open Access Membership

We have authors and readers all over the world and we know that not everyone is ready to move to the Read & Publish model. So we’ll continue to offer institutions the option to purchase subscriptions and pay for APCs separately. For those customers our open access membership can offer cost savings and insight into the number of open access articles published.

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