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Publisher agreements

Publisher agreements

Transformative Agreements

Transformative Agreements enable publishers to transition from a subscription or hybrid business model to full open access, over a defined timeframe. Publish open access in journals included in publisher Transformative Agreements at no extra cost when corresponding author meets affiliation eligibility criteria, as it has already been paid for through an annual fee that the University paid to the publisher. Identify affiliation during submission, ideally using your institutional email address on the publisher forms. Check if a journal is included in a Transformative Agreement the University signed up to using TA Lookup Tool.

Funding to publish in full open access journals

When submitting to a full open access journal that charges publishing fees and is not included in a Transformative Agreement, it is important to secure funding before before submitting or committing to pay. Your research funder might pay publishing fees, if no funds are available in a research grant, contact Open Research upon submission to apply to the central open access funds. The central funds are limited, so we cannot guarantee payment until the funding request has been approved. Identify peer-reviewed open access journals using Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), many do not charge publishing fees.

Publisher discounts and Transformative Agreements

The list below includes publisher full open access discounts and APC-free publishing through Transformative Agreements.

What is available: 10 per cent discounted APC when publishing in fully open access journal Science Advances - APC will be $4,050 instead of $4,500.
Eligibility: 
Available to all University of Exeter researchers.
How to access: 
Select 'Apply discounts', search for and select University of Exeter in the 'Affiliation discount' box then click 'Apply discounts' to see the discount of -$450 applied.

All AAAS journals are compliant with Plan S and cOAlition S funders including Horizon Europe, UKRI and the Wellcome Trust. AAAS allows cOAlition S funded authors to place a CC BY licence on the accepted manuscript, to comply with the funder open access policies by self-archiving the accepted manuscript in an institutional or subject repository for immediate CC BY open access there. See AAAS Licence to Publish for more information.

What is available: No charge to publish research articles and conference proceedings open access in ACM Digital Library through ACM OPEN. Authors can select the CC BY licence for sharing and reuse.
Eligibility: Corresponding author must have a primary current affiliation with University of Exeter.
How to access: Identify primary University of Exeter affiliation during submission, using your institutional email address. After acceptance, complete the eRights form, selecting open access and CC BY licence.

What is available: Unlimited open access publishing with CC BY licence without any publishing fees in all American Chemical Society (ACS) hybrid and full open access journals.
Eligibility: Submitting corresponding author must have a current affiliation with University of Exeter.
How to access: during submission, identify your affiliation, ideally using your institutional email address. When you receive the link to arrange payment, select "seek funding from University of Exeter" and we will be notified to approve your request.

What is available: No charge to publish original research articles open access in American Institute of Physics (AIP) Publishing's 26 hybrid journals, more information on the publisher website.
Eligibility: Corresponding author must have a current affiliation with University of Exeter.
How to access: Select University of Exeter affiliation during submission, ideally using your institutional email address.
Limited / Unlimited: Consortium publishing pot (shared by all institutions that signed up to the deal), available on a first come first served basis.

What is available: Publish open access without any publishing fees in all 12 American Meteorological Society research journals, including both hybrid and full open access titles. This agreement replaces all publication charges, including open access fees and page charges. More information on the publisher website.
Eligibility: Corresponding author must have a current University of Exeter affiliation.
How to access: Identify primary University of Exeter affiliation during submission, using your institutional email address. After acceptance, complete the open access form and sign the CC BY licence.

What is available: No charge to publish open access in American Physical Society hybrid journals, list on the publisher website.
Eligibility: Corresponding author must meet the affiliation eligibility criteria. Eligible article types: Regular Articles, Letters, Rapid Communications, Reviews, Perspectives, Short Papers.
How to access: Idenitfy University of Exeter affiliation during submission, ideally using your institutional email address.

APS full open access journals are not included, to publish in one of these you must pay an Article Processing Charge (APC). We recommend securing funding before you submit, contact Open Research at submission if you need to apply to the University's central open access funds.

Physical Review Accelerators and Beams (PRAB) is a diamond open access publication with no fees to readers or authors.

What is available: No charge to publish open access with the CC BY licence in American Physiological Society's 12 hybrid journals. APS are also offering one year's free membership of APS for corresponding authors at participating institutions (new members only). More information here.
Eligibility: Corresponding author must have a current affiliation with University of Exeter.
How to access: Identify University of Exeter affiliation during submission, ideally using institutional email address.

What is available: No charge to publish peer-reviewed original research or review articles open access with CC BY licence in 88 hybrid journals included in the PsycArticles portfolio, excluding the Hogrefe collection of journals. More information on the APA website.

Eligibility: Corresponding author must meet the affiliation eligibility criteria.
How to access: Identify your affiliation during submission, ideally using your institutional email address. Select the open access publishing option with CC BY licence, there will be no fees to pay.

What is available: Publish open access without publishing fees in 14 journals participating in Berghahn Open Anthro, in addition to Democratic Theory.
Eligibility: Open access publishing is available to all authors, regardless of affiliation.
How to access: This is a "subscribe to open" scheme. Libraries continue to pay journal subscription fees to the publisher, who repurposes that income to fund open access publishing. This enables the journals to flip to full open access at no extra cost to instiutions and without charging any author publishing fees.

What is available: Publish open access with CC BY licence without paying any publishing fees in Bioscientifica's five hybrid journals: Journal of Endocrinology, Journal of Molecular Endocrinology, Endocrine-Related Cancer, European Journal of Endocrinology and Reproduction.
Eligibility: Corresponding author must have a current affiliation University of Exeter affiliation.
How to access: You must use your institutional email address throughout the publishing process to access this agreement.

Publish and Read - funded articles in hybrid journals

What is available: Publish open access at no extra cost in BMJ's hybrid journals - select University of Exeter and the list of included journals will show on the right hand side.
Article types: Original research articles only, funded by UKRI, Wellcome Trust, British Heart Foundation, Blood Cancer UK, Cancer Research UK, Parkinsons UK and Versus Arthritis.
Eligibility: Corresponding author must have a current affiliation with University of Exeter.
How to access: Identify your affiliation during submission, ideally using your institutional email address. After your article has been accepted, select "seek funding from University of Exeter' and we will be notified to approve your funding request.

When submitting articles to BMJ hybrid journals that are not reporting original research, ensure you include your funder's set text in the submission ('For the purpose ofopen access, the author has applied a CC BY public copyright licence to any Author Accepted Manuscript version arising from this submission') then comply with the funder open access policy by self-archiving: deposit the accepted manuscript to ORE / PMC for immediate CC BY open access.

Full open access journals - all articles, regardless of funding

What is available: Publish in BMJ's full open access journals, with the fees paid via the institutional BMJ prepayment account.
Eligibility: Corresponding author must have a current affiliation with University of Exeter. Funding is available for all articles, including funded and non-funded.
How to access: Contact Open Research upon submission to apply. After your article has been accepted, select "seek funding from University of Exeter' and we will be notified to approve your funding request.

What is available: No charge to publish research or review articles open access with CC BY licence in all Brill journals (including hybrid and fully open access).
Eligibility: Corresponding author must have a current affiliation with University of Exeter.
How to access: Identify University of Exeter affiliation during publishing process, please use your institutional email address throughout.

What is available: Publish open access at no extra cost in fully open access and hyrbid journals within the CUP Complete Journals Collections through the Cambridge University Press Read & Publish Agreement (a list of journals included in this deal is linked from the publisher web page).
Article types: research articles, reviews, rapid communications, brief reports, case reports.
Eligibility: Corresponding author must have a current affiliation with University of Exeter.
How to access: identify your affiliation during submission, ideally using your institutional email address and ORCID iD, complete the publisher form to request open access and select a Creative Commons licence.

What is available: Publish open access at no extra cost in The Company of Biologists' five journals, including three hybrid and two full open access titles: Development, Journal of Cell ScienceJournal of Experimental BiologyBiology Open and Disease Models and Mechanisms.
Eligibility: Corresponding author must have a current affiliation with University of Exeter.
How to access: Identify University of Exeter affiliation during submission. Upon acceptance, complete the forms to request open access, select 'Seek funding from University of Exeter' and we will be notified to approve your request.

What is available: Centralised billing between Open Research and the publisher when APC is paid from cental open access funds via institutional Copernicus membership.
Eligibility: Papers with lead / corresponding author at University of Exeter, no funds available to pay APC from research grant.
How to access: Contact Open Research upon submission to apply.

What is available: no charge to publish peer-reviewed research and review articles open access with CC BY licence in De Gruyter's hybrid journals. More information on the De Gruyter website.
Eligibility: Corresponding author must have a current affiliation with University of Exeter.
How to access: Identify affiliation with the University of Exeter during submission.

What is available: Publish open access without paying APCs in most Elsevier, Cell Press and Lancet hybrid journals through a Read & Publish Transformative Agreement. Find a participating journal.
Article types: A list of eligible article types in Elsevier hybrid journals can be found on this page. When publishing in eligible Lancet hybrid journals only full length articles are included.
Eligibility: Submitting corresponding author must meet the affiliation eligibility criteria.
How to access: After your article has been accepted, you will receive an email containing a link to the “post-acceptance author journey”. Select the open access publishing option with a Creative Commons licence (to make your work as open access possible we recommend CC BY 4.0). The Open Research team will be notified to approve your request.

What is available: 15% discounted APC when publishing in Elsevier's full open access titles. Check if a journal is included.
Article types: Peer-reviewed research articles accepted after 1st January 2022.
Eligibility: Corresponding author must meet the affiliation eligibility criteria.
How to access: Contact Open Research upon submission to apply for funding from central open access funds.

This agreement ended on 31st December 2023. Please contact the Open Research team before selecting open access.

What is available: Publish open access with CC BY licence without paying any publishing fees in European Respiratory Journal, ERJ Open Research and European Respiratory Review.
Eligibility: Corresponding author must have a current affiliation University of Exeter affiliation.
How to access: Identify your affiliation during the publishing process, ideally using your institutional email address and select the open access option, there will be no fees to pay.

What is available: 10% discount when APC is paid from central open access funds via institutional Frontiers account.
Eligibility: Papers with lead / corresponding author at University of Exeter.
How to access: Contact Open Research upon submission to apply.

What is available: Unlimited open access publishing of all article types in six hybrid journals and three hybrid book series published by the Geological Society: Journal of the Geological SocietyQuarterly Journal of Engineering Geology & HydrogeologyPetroleum GeoscienceGeochemistry: Exploration, Environment, AnalysisProceedings of the Yorkshire Geological SocietyScottish Journal of GeologySpecial PublicationsMemoirs and Engineering Geology Special Publications
Eligibility: Corresponding author must meet the affiliation eligibility criteria.
How to access: Identify University of Exeter affiliation, ideally using institutional email address throughout the publishing process

What is available: No charge to publish open access in 56 hybrid and 18 full open access journals published by IOP Publishing. More information here, including a list of eligible titles.
Eligibility: Corresponding author must have a current affiliation with University of Exeter.
How to access: Identify University of Exeter affiliation during submission, all qualifying articles will be published by default on an open access basis with the licence CC BY 4.0. View the IOP Guide to submitting under a transformative agreement.

What is available: No charge to publish open access in all IWA Publishing journals, including hybrid and fully open access titles.
Eligibility: Corresponding author must be affiliated with University of Exeter.
How to access: Identify University of Exeter affiliation during submission, ideally using institutional email address.

What is available: no charge to publish peer-reviewed research and review articles open access in Karger's 104 journals, including both hybrid and fully open access titles. Articles will be published with the CC-BY-NC licence (CC BY available upon request if required for funder compliance).
Eligibility: Corresponding author must have a current affiliation with University of Exeter.
How to access: Identify affiliation with the University of Exeter during submission. Find more information on the publisher website.

What is available: 20% discount via institutional membership account.
Eligibility: Any paper with a University of Exeter author on are entitled to the discount (does not need to be corresponding author).
Exclusions: Discount cannot be used in conjunction with any other discounts such as editorial office waivers or author vouchers.
How to access: Identify University of Exeter affiliation during submission, ideally using your institutional email address, and the discount will be automatically applied. Contact Open Research upon submission if you need to apply for funding from the central open access funds.

What is available: No charge to publish open access in all Microbiology Society journals, including hybrid and fully open access titles.
Eligibility: Corresponding author must be affiliated with University of Exeter.
How to access: Must use University of Exeter institutional email address during submission and throughout the publishing process.

What is available: 100% discount, pre-paid APCs for publishing in Modern Languages Open journal.
Open to: All University of Exeter researchers.
How to access: Contact Open Research to apply.

What is available: No charge to publish open access in Optica (formerly Optical Society of America) journals: Advances in Optics and Photonics, Applied Optics, Biomedical Optics Express, Current Optics and Photonics, Journal of Optical Communications & Networking, Journal of the Optical Society of America, Journal of the Optical Society of America A, Journal of the Optical Society of America B, Optica, Optical Materials Express, Optics Express, Optics and Photonics News, Optics Letters, Optics Continuum and Photonics Research. 
Eligibility: Corresponding author must meet the affiliation eligibility criteria.
How to access: Identify your affiliation during submission, ideally using your institutional email address. Select the open access publishing option with CC BY licence and "seek funding from University of Exeter", we will be notified to approve your request and there will be no fees to pay.

This agreement ended on 31st December 2023Please contact the Open Research team before selecting open access.

What is available: Publish open access at no extra cost in 400+ of OUP's fully open access and hybrid journals (a list of journals included in this deal is on the publisher web page).
Article types: Original research and review articles, Case Reports, Brief Reports.
Eligibility: Corresponding author must meet the affiliation eligibility criteria.
How to access: You must use your institutional email address on all the publisher forms as this is what OUP will use to identify your affiliation. See here for further information for authors about how to access the agreement. 

What is available: Publish open access (OA) without paying any APCs in nine Public Library of Science (PLoS) titles: PLoS ONE, PLoS Genetics, PLoS Pathogens, PLoS Computational Biology, PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, PLoS Digital Health, PLoS Climate, PLoS Water and PLoS Global Public Health.
Eligibility: Corresponding author must must meet the affiliation eligibility criteria.
How to access: During submission on the 'additional information' screen under 'publishing fees', select 'my institution will fully or partially pay the fees as a member of the Institutional Account Programme'. A drop down menu will appear below - select University of Exeter. The Open Research Team will be asked to verify your affiliation, then the article will be published open access without any publishing fees. View the PLOS Author Guide for instructions for submitting through this agreement.

What is available: Publish open access (OA) with CC BY licence in RSNA's Radiology journal without paying any publising fees and the publisher will deposit to PubMed Central (PMC).
Eligibility: Corresponding author must have a current affiliation with University of Exeter.
How to access: Identify your affiliation during submission, using your institutional email address, select the open access publication option, sign the CC BY licence and you should not be charged any publishing fees.

What is available: No charge to publish open access with CC BY licence in Rockefeller University Press' three hybrid titles: Journal of Cell Biology, Journal of Experimental Medicine and Journal of General Physiology. Find more information on the publisher website.
Eligibility: Corresponding author must have a current affiliation with University of Exeter.
How to access: Identify University of Exeter affiliation during submission, ideally using institutional email address. Instructions for authors here.

What is available: Publish open access (OA) with CC BY licence at no extra cost in British Journal of General Practice and BJGP Open - articles accepted from 1st January 2022.
Eligibility: Corresponding author must have a current affiliation with University of Exeter.
How to access: Identify your affiliation during submission, using your institutional email address. The publishing manager should identify you as eligible to use the Read & Publish agreement and invite you to sign the CC BY licensing form.

What is available: Publish open access (OA) with CC BY licence at no extra cost in 8 hybrid and 2 full OA Royal Society journals: Philosophical Transactions A; Philosophical Transactions B; Proceedings A; Proceedings B; Biology Letters; Interface; Interface Focus; Notes & Records; Open Biology; Royal Society Open Science. This agreement has unlimited OA publishing (no article cap).
Eligibility: Corresponding author must meet the affiliation eligibility criteria. In the case of multiple corresponding authors, the first / primary corresponding author must be affiliated, to publish open access through this agreement.
How to access: during submission, identify your affiliation and select the 'Read & Publish' option; sign the Creative Commons Attribution Licence CC BY (only) licensing form. Find more information about the workflow on the Royal Society website.

What is available: open access publishing without publishing fees in Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)'s hybrid journals. More details here.
Eligibility: Corresponding author must must meet the affiliation eligibility criteria.
How to access: Identify University of Exeter affiliation during submission, ideally using your institutional email address. Upon acceptance, complete the open access licensing form to select CC BY or CC-BY-NC licence.

What is available: 15% discounted APC in RSC's full open access titles.
Eligibility: Corresponding author must must meet the affiliation eligibility criteria.
How to access: Identify University of Exeter affiliation during submission, ideally using your institutional email address.

What is available: Unlimited open access publishing free of charge with CC BY licence in SAGE hybrid journals, author retains copyright (CC-BY-NC available upon request). More information on the SAGE website.
Exclusions: Journals on this list are excluded; some article types are excluded e.g. book reviews, editorials, commercially sponsored articles.
Eligibility: Corresponding author must be affiliated with University of Exeter.
How to access: Identify your affiliation during submission, using your institutional email address throughout the publishing process. Request open access via the publisher portal and sign the open access licence.

What is available: 20% discounted APC in SAGE's fully open access journals.
Eligibility: Corresponding author must be affiliated with University of Exeter.
How to access: Identify your affiliation during submission, using your institutional email address throughout the publishing process. Contact Open Research for the discount code for use when completing the APC payment forms.

What is available: No charge to publish open access in The Journal of Neuroscience. Eligible articles will be published open access with CC BY licence and deposited to PubMed Central (PMC).
Eligibility: Corresponding author must have a current affiliation with University of Exeter.
How to access: Identify University of Exeter affiliation during submission, ideally using institutional email address. Select the open access publishing option and sign the Creative Commons CC BY licence, there will be no publishing fees to pay.

What is available: 15% discount when APC is paid through the prepayment account using central open access funds. The discount is not applicable when paid by the author directly from a research grant. If you have funds available in a research grant to pay, please use these up first before applying to the central open access funds.
Eligibility: Lead or corresponding author must meet the affiliation eligibility criteria. No funds are available to pay the APC from the research funders.
How to access: Contact the Open Research team upon submission to apply for funding to publish in full open access journals (funds are not unlimited, we cannot guarantee funds will always be available to pay). If you identified University of Exeter affiliation during submission, your article will be automatically routed to the prepayment account after acceptance, for funding approval. If you will pay from a research grant, please let us know so we can "deny" the funding request, then Springer will contact you to arrange alternative payment.

What is available: £0 APC when publishing in eligible Nature, Nature Research, Palgrave and Springer hybrid journals (list on this page).
Eligibility: Corresponding author must meet the affiliation eligibility criteria. Where a paper has multiple corresponding authors, the first corresponding author must be affiliated.
Article types: Original paper, review paper, brief communication, continuing education. When publishing in a Nature Portfolio journal, original paper is the only applicable article type.
How to access: Identify your affiliation in the Springer system, request open access on the publisher forms and select the University of Exeter from the drop down list. 

What is available: Publish open access at no extra cost in Taylor & Francis "Open Select" hybrid journals in the Social Sciences & Humanities (SSH), Science & Technology (S&T) and Medical Collections. Find a list of journals on this page, filter the list by "open select" to identify included journals. Find more information about the Agreement here.

Article types: Original research articles only. Review articles are not included.
Eligibility: Corresponding author must have a current affiliation with University of Exeter.
How to access: identify your affiliation during submission, ideally using your institutional email address, complete the publisher form to request open access and select the Creative Commons licence e.g. CC BY. We will be notified to approve your request.

What is available: Publish peer-reviewed original research and review articles open access (OA) at no extra cost in any of Wiley's fully open access or hybrid journals. through the Wiley Read & Publish Agreement. From 2023, this agreement includes Hindawi full open access journals published with Wiley , articles submitted from 1st January 2023, check the list on this page.

Eligibility: Responsible Corresponding Author must meet the affiliation eligibility criteria.
How to access: When submitting to a full OA journal - choose “my institution has an agreement with Wiley and may pay the APC” then use the "Account code tool" to select the University of Exeter from a list of institutions. Publishing in a hybrid journal, select 'OnlineOpen' on the publisher forms, indicate your institutional affiliation and we will be notified to approve your request.

Supporting open access initiatives

Open access journals initiatives

  • Open Library of Humanities publishes peer-reviewed "diamond" open access journals in the Humanities.
  • Annual Reviews and Berghahn OpenAnthro Subscribe to Open model, we subscribe to the journals and the publisher repurposes subscription income to fund open access publishing, enabling journals to flip to full open access without charging author publishing fees and at no extra cost to the institution.
  • SCOAP3 Consortium for open access publishing in particle physics. The Library pays a fee to SCOAP3, which helps fund conversion of key journals in High-Energy Physics to full open access without any author fees. Participating publishers reduce our journal subscriptions by the same amount, offsetting the costs.

Peer Community In

We are Symbolic Supporters of Peer Community In, a non-profit Open Science initiative organised as "Thematic PCIs", disciplinary communities of researchers reviewing and recommending pre-prints, providing scientists with a place to evaluate, validate and promote their work that is separate and distinct from publication in a journal. PCI also publishes Peer Community Journal, a diamond open access journal (no fees to read or publish) publishing articles that have been reviewed and recommended by Thematic PCIs.

Open access infrastructure

We are supporter members, helping to fund open access infrastructure: