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Research Support: Gold Open Access and Read and Publish deals

Advice and support for scholarly communications.

What is a Read and Publish deal?

'Read and publish' deals are negotiated between institutions, or consortia such as Jisc and SCURL, in which the costs of publishing open access are also included in a journal or publisher's subscription agreement.  Also known as a ‘transformative agreement’,  'read and publish' 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 'read and publish' deal 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.

Read and Publish deals through QMU

To check if QMU has a transformative agreement in place with a journal publisher, you can check the Jisc Sherpa Services Transitional Agreement Look-up tool by entering the name of the journal and institutional name. Alternatively, please email for more information about the agreements that are in place.

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