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Open Access: Publisher Open Access Agreements

Open access transformative deals, memberships, and pre-payment agreements

The University of Bath has signed up to a number of publisher agreements which may mean the cost of the Open Access article processing charge (APC) is reduced or waived. If you are considering publishing with one of the below publishers, please read about what agreement we have in place and whether you might be able to benefit from it. If in doubt, please contact openaccess@bath.ac.uk for further information.

Full details of publisher open access agreements can be found below:

The AAAS does not offer a read & publish agreement but are involved in a pilot which has been extended to the end of 2022:

On a trial basis from 1 Jan 2021 till 31 Dec 2022 authors of research funded by cOAlition S organizations that have implemented a Plan S-aligned open access policy including a Rights Retention Strategy may, upon publication by AAAS, distribute their accepted manuscript under a CC BY licence (or a CC BY-ND license, if permitted by the funder - permission needs to be granted prior to submission). During the pilot the Licence to Publish will confirm this policy.

All AAAS journals are compliant with Plan S and cOAlition S funders including Horizon Europe, UKRI and the Wellcome Trust.

We have an open access agreement which gives a 10% discount on the APC when publishing in the fully Open Access journal: Science Advances. This discount is available to all University of Bath authors.

How to access: Within the AAAS manuscript management system: select 'Apply discounts', search for and select University of Bath in the 'Affiliation discount' box then click 'Apply discounts' to see the discount of -$450 applied. Please ensure that you are listed as the corresponding author, with a Bath affiliation and e-mail address entered into the publisher’s submission system, and select the CC BY licence when prompted.

The new JISC Read and Publish agreement with ACS for 2022-25 has been activated. This provides unlimited open access publishing for Bath corresponding authors in all ACS journals. If you are submitting to a hybrid journal you will be able to request open access publication via the JISC agreement at acceptance. Please use your University of Bath email address and affiliation on submission to the journal and request the CC-BY licence when prompted.

We have a JISC Read & Publish agreement with AIP from 2021-2023. This provides Bath corresponding authors with cost-free open access publishing of research articles in any of AIP’s hybrid journals. Hybrid journals are journals which offer the option to publish either Open Access or with subscription access. When submitting, please ensure that you are listed as the corresponding author, with a Bath affiliation and e-mail address entered into the publisher’s submission system. At the acceptance stage you will be asked to confirm your affiliation and that you wish to publish open access via the agreement. Please select the CC-BY licence when prompted. Your request will be sent to the open access team for approval.

Our agreement with Bentham is that corresponding authors affiliated with the University of Bath who submit an article to a Bentham Science open access journal or select the open access option in a hybrid journal will receive a 40% discount on the article processing charge (APC). Please ensure that you are listed as the corresponding author, with a Bath affiliation and e-mail address entered into the publisher’s submission system. Please select the CC-BY licence when prompted.

We have a pre-payment account with BMC which is available for use by all Bath corresponding authors. To access this account you will need to complete our online APC request form - available from the link above. Please use your University of Bath email address. If eligible, the Open Access team will provide you with a membership code which you then quote to the publisher. If you are funded by a Research Council or the Wellcome Trust you may still be able to publish open access with this publisher, however payment will be via invoice.

BMJ

We have signed up to a Publish & Read agreement with BMJ from 1 Feb 2022 to 31 Dec 2022. This is exclusively for original articles reporting on primary research which is funded by the following: UKRI, Wellcome Trust, British Heart Foundation, Blood Cancer UK, Cancer Research UK, Parkinsons UK, Versus Arthritis.

A full list of journals included in the deal can be found here

You need to be corresponding author on the paper and using your University of Bath email address and affiliation. When submitting; you will be asked to verify your Bath open access agreement affiliation and your request will be sent to the OA team for eligibility checks. The cost will then be covered via the agreement at acceptance, and your article published open access with a CC-BY licence.

Our existing pre-payment account with BMJ will run alongside this, and is available to all Bath corresponding authors who do not have research funding. It covers only fully open access journals.

Please complete our online APC request form prior to submission. On submission to the journal please use your University of Bath email address and select your open access agreement affiliation: your ‘agreement name’ or ‘institution’ will be available to select in the dropdown options. Please select the CC-BY licence. Upon acceptance, the open access team we will review your request from our central dashboard. If approved, you will receive a confirmation email from RightsLink®.

Papers with a Bath corresponding author but not eligible for either agreement will receive a 25% discount.

The University of Bath Library has signed a Read and Publish deal with the Company of Biologists from 1 January 2022 to 31 December 2024. This deal enables unlimited open access publishing of research articles for University of Bath corresponding authors in CoB’s hybrid journals: Development, Journal of Cell Science and Journal of Experimental Biology, and fully open access journals: Disease Models & Mechanisms and Biology Open, without barriers or charges to authors.

Please use your University of Bath email address on all submissions and select the CC-BY licence when prompted.

A step-by-step author guide to article submission is available here

We have a JISC Read & Publish agreement with Elsevier from 2022-2024. This provides Bath corresponding authors with cost-free open access publishing of research articles in most of Elsevier’s hybrid (subscription) journals including Cell Press and Lancet journals. See Elsevier's participating journals search. In non-Cell Press/Lancet journals, the following additional article types are covered: Case Reports, Data in Brief, Microarticle, Original Software Publication, Protocol, Replication Study, Short Communication, Short Survey, Video Article, Practice Guideline. When submitting, please ensure that you are listed as the corresponding author, with a Bath affiliation and e-mail address entered into the publisher’s submission system. After acceptance, you will receive an email with a link to the 'post-acceptance author journey', where you should select the open access publishing option. Please select the CC-BY licence when prompted – this is required by most funders. The Open Access Team will be notified of your request, and will check that your paper is eligible before approving it.

Our agreement with Elsevier also extends to their fully gold journals: University of Bath corresponding authors can publish in any of Elsevier’s fully gold journals with a discount of 15% on the APC cost. Please use your Bath email address and affiliation and you will be notified of the agreement at submission. Please select the CC-BY licence.

The University of Bath Library has signed a Read and Publish deal with IOPP. This deal enables unlimited open access publishing for University of Bath corresponding authors in 56 of IOPP’s subscription journals, without barriers or charges to authors. The agreement also includes the majority of IOPP's fully open access journals. Lists of journals included in this deal can be found here. See lists A, B and D on this web page. Please use your University of Bath email address and affiliation on all submissions and select the CC-BY licence when prompted. For journals not included in this list, please make a request via our APC form.

Journal articles with a corresponding author affiliated to the University of Bath are eligible for a 10% discount on article processing charges (APCs). This agreement is available for all Bath authors. Please use your University of Bath email address when submitting. This discount applies automatically when submitting to the journal. If you wish the APC to be paid from the UKRI, Wellcome Trust or BHF block grants, or from the Bath Open Access Fund - please apply for funding via the APC request form. The journal must be a Q1 title as measured by the Web of Science Journal Citation Reports or SCImago Journal Rankings. For further information on MDPI APCs, please follow this link

The program also grants authors a reduction on the Book Processing Charges (BPCs) for MDPI Books (http://www.mdpi.com/books).

We have a Read & Publish agreement with the Microbiology Society for 2021 covering the full Microbiology Society portfolio of four hybrid and two full OA journals. Subscription/hybrid titles: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology, Journal of General Virology, Journal of Medical Microbiology, Microbiology. Fully open access titles: Microbial Genomics, Access Microbiology. Pre-submission, potential authors will be guided to check whether their institution is covered for open access. Please use your University of Bath email address when submitting. Corresponding authors from participating institutions will be notified of the scheme through the manuscript peer review process. You will be asked to confirm the publication licence: please make sure to select the CC-BY (Creative Commons Attribution) licence.

 

We have signed up to the JISC OUP Read & Publish deal from March 2021. This provides University of Bath corresponding authors with open access publishing of original research or review articles in the majority of OUP's hybrid and fully open access journals. List of journals included in the deal is here. Please use your University of Bath email address and affiliation when submitting. When asked to select a licence, please be aware that research funders require a CC-BY licence – not CC BY-NC or CC BY-NC-ND. If you are not presented with the CC BY licence option, then please email openaccess@bath.ac.uk and let us know. If your article is in receipt of funding from UKRI, Wellcome Trust, Cancer Research UK or British Heart Foundation, please ensure the research funders' names and grant numbers are provided. Detailed author instructions are available here. Any enquiries about the OUP deal should be addressed to: openaccess@bath.ac.uk or via the APC request form.

We have a pre-payment account with PeerJ which is available for use by all Bath affiliated authors. This works on a membership basis. Please apply for funding via the APC Request form.

We have signed up to a PLOS Flat Fee Arrangement from 1 April 2021 until December 2023. This is a prepay arrangement which means that publication fees for open access will be automatically covered by the flat fee agreement for the following 9 titles: PLOS ONE, PLOS Computational Biology, PLOS Pathogens, PLOS Genetics, PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, PLOS Digital Health, PLOS Climate, PLOS Water, and PLOS Global Public Health.

For 2022 we have signed up to a Community Action Publishing agreement with PLOS which includes cost-free publishing for Bath corresponding authors in PLOS Medicine, PLOS Biology and PLOS Sustainability and Transformation.

To be eligible for full payment of publication fees, the corresponding author must be affiliated with the University of Bath. Please ensure that you use your University of Bath email address and identify your affiliation in the publisher submission system. Articles will be automatically published with a with a CC-BY licence ; PLOS articles are syndicated to PubMed Central/Europe PMC and PLOS requires data sharing where not subject to legal or ethical restrictions. PLOS is a non-profit, fully open access publisher.

We have signed up to a JISC Read & Publish agreement with the National Academy of Sciences which allows all University of Bath corresponding authors to publish open access with a CC-BY licence in PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences). When you submit to the journal, ensure that you are listed as the corresponding author, with a Bath affiliation and e-mail address entered into the publisher’s submission system. You will receive an e-mail confirming that the paper will be published open access under the CC-BY licence without any additional publicataion fees.

Our agreement with Portland Press allows all University of Bath corresponding authors to publish open access with a CC-BY licence in Portland Press's five subscription and two fully open access journals: Biochemical Journal, Biochemical Society Transactions, Bioscience Reports, Clinical Science, Essays in Biochemistry, Emerging Topics in Life Sciences, and Neuronal Signalling. When you submit to the journal, ensure that you are listed as the corresponding author, with a Bath affiliation and e-mail address entered into the publisher’s submission system. You will receive an e-mail confirming that the paper will be published open access under the CC-BY licence without any additional fees.

We have A ‘Read & Publish’ transitional agreement for the Royal Society’s full journals package of 8 hybrid and 2 open access journals, including unlimited read access and open access publishing for University of Bath corresponding authors. Journals included are: : Biology Letters, Interface Focus, Journal of the Royal Society Interface, Notes and Records of the Royal Society, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, Open Biology, and Royal Society Open Science. Open to all Bath corresponding authors. When you submit, please use your University of Bath email address and affiliation and include your ORCID. You will be asked to confirm the publication licence: please make sure to select the CC-BY (Creative Commons Attribution) licence.

The Royal Society of Chemistry publishes journals in chemical science subjects, multidisciplinary studies and related disciplines, including engineering and nanotech. If you are the corresponding author for an article in an RSC hybrid journal then, as a member of the University of Bath, you will not have to pay open access article processing charges. You simply need to tell the RSC that you wish the article to be made open access with a CC-BY licence . This is because the library have signed up to a 'Read and Publish' agreement with the RSC. This transformative open access agreement means that the Library have paid an annual amount to the publisher to cover both our online subscription to RSC journals and the open access publishing fees for University of Bath corresponding authors. This waiver of open access fees applies to all RSC hybrid (subscription) journals except: Chemical Science, RSC Advances, Nanoscale Advances, RSC Chemical Biology, Materials Advances and Chemistry Education Research and Practice (CERP). Please use your University of Bath email address on all submissions and select the CC-BY licence when prompted. Note that RSC fully open access journals are not included in this agreement. Please apply for funding using our APC Request form

We have signed a Read & Publish agreement for unlimited open access publishing in Sage's subscription journals. In addition, authors publishing in any of Sage's fully open access journals will receive a 20% discount on the open access article processing charge. All University of Bath corresponding authors can publish open access in almost all Sage, IMechE and RSM subscription journals. This encompasses original research papers, review papers, brief communications, short reports and case studies. Book reviews, editorials, abstracts and news items are excluded. A list of journals included in this deal can be found here . On submission to the journal, please ensure that you are listed as the corresponding author and provide your University of Bath affiliation and email address. This enables Sage to identify your paper as eligible for open access. The Library OA team will receive a request to approve the article for funding. Note: if you are not correctly identified as the corresponding author, Sage may not be able to convert your article to open access later. Once approved, Sage will inform co-authors that the article can be published open access at no additional cost. Within 14 days, one author must confirm that the authors agree to publish open access, and choose a licence. If the funder of the paper requires a CC-BY licence, please ensure that you select it. Most funders require CC-BY and this is our recommended choice of licence for OA papers. Sage, IMechE and RSM papers in gold (fully open access) journals are eligible for a discount on standard rates. Please use our online APC request form to apply for funding. University of Bath’s normal eligibility criteria apply.

With the Springer Compact deal, if you are the corresponding author for an article in a Springer 'OpenChoice' journal - see list: here - then, as a member of the University of Bath, you are eligible for your APC to be waived. This agreement is available to all Bath corresponding authors regardless of funder. Please use your University of Bath email address on all submissions and select the CC-BY licence when prompted. Please note that this agreement does not cover papers published in 30 Open Choice journals that do not offer CC-BY licensing, Nature, BioMed Central or 'SpringerOpen' titles.

 

We have signed up to a JISC Read & Publish deal with Taylor & Francis from April 2021. If you are the corresponding author for a research article in a Taylor and Francis 'Open Select' hybrid journal see list: here in any subject area then, as a member of the University of Bath, you are eligible for open access publishing with CC-BY licence . Please use your University of Bath email address on all submissions and select the CC-BY licence when prompted. Note that a number of Taylor & Francis journals are excluded – notably those that charge an Article Processing Charge of over £3000 (known as Premium journals).

We also have a pre-payment account with Taylor and Francis which covers APCs in journals outside of the Read & Publish deal. This is available to all UKRI funded Bath corresponding authors. If you are not UKRI funded then you may still be able to publish open access in these journals; payment will be via invoice. Please use our online APC request form - available from the link above - to apply for funding.

We have been participating in a JISC Read & Publish deal with Wiley since March 2020.

The agreement is available to Bath-affiliated authors who have been designated on the paper as 'Responsible Corresponding Author'. It provides open access publishing with a CC-BY licence of primary research and non-commissioned review articles in any of Wiley’s fully gold open access or hybrid OnlineOpen journals at no further charge to the author.

You will need to select the institutional open access option at the submission stage for fully gold journals or at the acceptance stage via the Wiley Author Service platform for hybrid journals. Please use your University of Bath email address on all submissions. You will also need to provide details of any funders acknowledged in your work. Your request will be sent to our dashboard for assessment by the Open Access team.

A list of Wiley’s fully gold journals included in the deal can be found here . A list of Wiley’s hybrid (subscription) journals that offer OnlineOpen included in the deal can be found here .

Further information about the deal can be found here

For journals not included in this list, there is a 25% discount on the APC. Please make a request via our APC form.

All queries about publishing open access in Wiley's journals should be addressed to: openaccess@bath.ac.uk

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