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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 & Francis, British Medical Journal (BMJ) and Elsevier. 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.


The Elsevier - UK Institutional Agreement gives unlimited and immediate Open Access (OA) publishing in Elsevier’s subscription journals, including the Lancet and Cell Press titles, without the need to pay an Article Processing Charge (APC). The agreement also provides a 15% reduction and price cap on publishing in Elsevier’s fully OA journals (Gold Open Access). A list of journals that are eligible for the APC waiver can be found on the Library SharePoint pages.

Please note, only the following article types in Hybrid journals are eligible: Research and Review articles, Case Reports, Data in Brief, Microarticle, Original Software Publication, Protocol, Replication Study, Short Communication, Short Survey, Video Article, Practice Guideline.

There are also restrictions on the eligible article types for The Cell Press and The Lancet journals - please email for more information.

More information is available on the Elsevier website

The eligibility criteria for the agreement is as follows:

  • The acceptance date of the article has to be between 1st January 2022 and 31st December 2024.
  • The corresponding author must be affiliated with a participating institution.
  • The article must be published in a participating journal.

As part of the submission process, when you as corresponding author, upload the manuscript files, you will provide your institutional affiliation details. 

Post acceptance of the article, you as corresponding author, will receive an email with a unique link to complete the author journey and choose your publishing options, including personalized publishing options for the JISC agreement if you have met all the eligibility criteria.

You will need to complete the Rights and Access Information Form and the Journal License Publishing Agreement. Once you have done this, Library Services will receive a notification to validate the request. Please note that if you do not satisfy all the eligibility criteria and the request is rejected, you will receive an invoice for the full cost of the APC.

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.

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.