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Open Access

Read and Publish Agreements, what are they?

Traditionally, the subscription model has been the norm for libraries when providing access to content for staff and students. This model is changing, predominantly as a reaction to accelerate the Open Access movement and to answer to the demand by the sector, but also to ensure that the Plan S initiative which was launched in 2018 is fully realised. 

As a result, most publishers have either changed their agreements and are offering what is known as a Read and Publish or transitional agreement or are currently in the process of this transition. This means that the cost to access content from publishers has altered and monies are now spread across both reading and publishing. As a result, researchers are now able to publish their outputs Gold Open Access more than ever before.

What does this mean for the University of Derby?

Authors at the University now have the opportunity to publish their outputs Gold Open Access once they have been accepted for publication. The read and publish agreements which the University has in place are with Springer, Wiley, Taylor and Francis and British Medical Journal (BMJ). Whilst this opens up the opportunity to publish Gold Open Access, these agreements do not cover entire portfolios and only apply to certain titles. Please see below for further information.  

British Medical Journal (BMJ)

If any original research article is identified as being funded by one of the below eligible funders, then the relevant journal Article Processing Charge (APC) from journals within the BMJ standard collection will be waived. The fee will be deducted from a consortium publishing fund.

Any original research article produced as a result of Wellcome funding will continue to be covered by this agreement and made Open Access for the whole of 2021, even if the publishing fund is met.

Eligible funders: 


● Wellcome Trust

● British Heart Foundation

● Blood Cancer UK

● Cancer Research UK

● Parkinsons UK

● Versus Arthritis

For more information visit the BMJ Open Access for Authors webpages.

Springer Open Choice

Springer has an Open Access agreement with JISC for UK authors in place, which applies to eligible Springer subscription journals

All corresponding authors from UK institutions who are publishing in one of the participating Springer subscription journals may publish their article Gold Open Access with no Article Processing Charge. 

The agreement covers original papers, review papers, brief communications and continuing education papers.

Further information on the Springer Open Choice agreement for UK authors can be found at the Springer website.

The Springer Open Choice Open Access Agreement applies to the corresponding author. Springer defines the corresponding author as

"the person who handles the manuscript and correspondence during the publication process – from manuscript correction and proof reading, to handling the revisions and re-submission of revised manuscripts up to the acceptance of the manuscripts. The author has the authority to act on behalf of all co-authors in all matters pertaining to publication of the manuscript including supplementary material. The corresponding author is responsible for obtaining such agreements and for informing the co-authors of the manuscript’s status throughout the submission, review, and publication process. In addition, the corresponding author also acts as the point of contact for any enquiries after the paper is published."


Instructions for corresponding authors:
1. When your paper is accepted, Springer will direct you to a MyPublication form
2. Agree to the open access terms, including the CC BY licence.
3. Declare your affiliation with University of Derby. We recommend using your University of Derby e-mail address to help the university and Springer verify your eligibility.
4. Once verified*, your paper will become open access on publication
*Eligible vouchers will be issued on a first come, first served basis.

Taylor and Francis

Taylor and Francis' read and publish agreement allows UoD corresponding authors to publish Open Access in any hybrid (Open Select) title at no extra cost to them. Only original research articles are eligible. This replaces the previous 75% discount which could be applied when publishing OA with T&F.

Authors don’t need to do anything to benefit from this deal, but there is a cap on the number of publications that are covered by it, meaning it will be operated on a first come, first served basis.

Further details of the agreement, including eligibility criteria, can be found on the Taylor and Francis webpages

The Taylor and Francis Open Access Agreement applies to the corresponding author. Further details for corresponding authors are available on the T&F Author Services Publishing Open Access webpage.

Instructions for corresponding authors:

1. Check if your chosen journal is part of the agreement. 

2. If it does, on acceptance you will be provided with the option to make your article Open Access on publication. 

3. Taylor and Francis will notify the University of your choice to publish Open Access and the request will be approved via a dashboard which is managed by the library. 

4. Your article will be open access on publication.

Wiley OnlineOpen

Wiley’s OnlineOpen agreement with Jisc allows UK authors to to publish without having to pay additional Article Publication Charges (APCs). 

To be eligible, your manuscript must have been accepted on or after 2 March 2020  and must fall under the OnlineOpen scheme. You must also be the corresponding author affiliated with the University of Derby at the point of acceptance for publication. If publishing in a hybrid journal, you must order OnlineOpen at the point of acceptance. 

The scheme only applies to primary research and review articles.

Please be aware that as of the 1st July 2021, only those outputs which have been produced as a result of funding from UKRI, Wellcome, and prior COAF member funded research (Arthritis Research UK, Breast Cancer Now, the British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, Bloodwise, Parkinson’s UK) will be eligible for this agreement. The fund will reset and revert to all outputs including those which are non-funded from January 2022.  

From July 1st– Dec 31st 2021, for those authors who want to publish Gold open access, you will be routed to Wiley's ‘author pays’ option, and a 25% discount will be offered. Authors will need to take action when prompted in the payment form at submission for fully Gold OA journals and after acceptance in Author Services for Wiley’s hybrid journals.

For gold journals, authors need to select ‘UK/Jisc authors (25% discount)’ from the drop-down menu.

For hybrid journals authors need to add the discount promo code: KA6CA


Further information on this agreement can be found on Wiley's website. 

The Wiley OnlineOpen agreement applies to the corresponding author as per their following definition:

'the author who manages the manuscript and correspondence during the publication process - from submission through publication. This author has the authority to act on behalf of all the co-authors and will be the contact for inquiries after publication also.'

Once your article is accepted, the corresponding author is able to select OnlineOpen from the Author Services Dashboard. For step-by-step instructions, visit the How to Order OnlineOpen page.

Once your order is complete, your article will be made open access immediately upon publication. The open access icon and Creative Commons license signals to readers that the content is freely available to read, download and share.