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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 transformative deals; Read & Publish agreements. This page helps librarians to understand the agreements and options, if you are a researcher then you'll find more relevant information at Read & Publish for researchers

Much like other transformative deals a Read & Publish agreement allows librarians to purchase both content and open access publishing with one simple yearly fee. Our Read & Publish customers can access all our content and accepted articles are published with no APC fees to pay at the point of use. Over 170 institutions took advantage of this simplified process for their researchers and signed a transformative agreement with us for 2021. 

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 agreement 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

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.

If your institution subscribes to our journals and your researchers regularly publish with us you may well gain extra value from moving to a Read & Publish model. And if your researchers have found that APCs have been a barrier to publication then a transformative agreement means you can support them to publish in our high impact, well respected journals.

Contact us and we’ll be happy to calculate your tailored Read & Publish agreement cost for 2022 or discuss any other transformative business model that you wish to explore.

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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