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Research Support: Gold Open Access and Transformative Agreements

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What is a Transformative Agreement?

A transformative agreement is negotiated between institutions, or consortia such as Jisc, in which the costs of publishing open access are also included in a journal or publisher's subscription agreement.  Also known as a ‘Read and Publish’ deal, a transformative agreement shifts the focus of academic publishing from the subscription model to aim to make open access the default.  The model arises from evidence which shows that the amount of money currently paid in journal subscription fees could cover the cost of every article’s open access fees. 

A transformative agreement with a publisher means in many instances, an author's open access fee, or article processing charge (APCs), is covered by the deal meaning authors do not have to pay out of pocket to publish Gold Open Access.  This page contains information about transformative agreements in which QMU participates.

Transformative Agreements through QMU


In March this year Jisc agreed a four-year transformative agreement with the publisher Wiley. This means you can publish in Wiley journals (any of Wiley’s fully gold Open Access or Wiley’s hybrid (subscription) or OnlineOpen journals) with no open access fee to the author. See the following links for information on the deals as well as how to take advantage:


As QMU authors you are also entitled to participate in the Springer Compact Read and Publish agreement, meaning you can publish your article open access at no cost to you in over 1,850 Springer hybrid journals.

For more information about the Springer agreement please visit the link below:


The Brill and Jisc Collections agreement enables QMU academics to publish open access in Brill journals at no cost, as well as read the full Brill journal collection of over 330 journals for free throughout 2020.  For more information, see the page below:

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