What is a Read & Publish Agreement?
A Read & Publish Agreement is a transformative agreement shared between a library or a library consortia and a publisher in which the library or the consortia provide “subscription-based reading” as well as open access publishing.1 In other words, the publisher has “received payment for reading and payment for publishing bundled into a single contract.”2
How do Read & Publish Agreements benefit authors?
The largest benefit of Read & Publish Agreements is that they allow authors at participating institutions to publish open access which helps their research reach a broader audience who may not otherwise have access. This allows new ideas to be shared more openly, which “leads to more citations and more impact” for authors.3
Does the College of Charleston Libraries have any Read & Publish Agreements?
Yes. The College of Charleston Libraries have Read & Publish Agreements with Cambridge University Press and Wiley. The College of Charleston Libraries also helps to financially support SCOAP-3 which makes key journals in the field of physics open access at no cost to the authors. Each of these agreements have their own set of unique terms and conditions which are detailed in this guide.
As members of the Carolina Consortium, the College of Charleston Libraries signed a Read & Publish Agreement with Cambridge University Press in 2020. This agreement lets College of Charleston authors to publish open access or publish with significantly discounted article processing charges (APCs) in gold or hybrid Cambridge journals. Learn more about publishing open access in Cambridge Journals by reviewing the step-by-step process of publishing open access in Cambridge Journals guide.
Details regarding publishing open access with Cambridge University Press in specific subject areas are available under “Find out more about Open Access publishing in your subject area” on the Cambridge Read and Publish agreements page.
You may find alphabetical lists of Cambridge journals that support open access publishing by visiting Publishing Open Access.
If you have additional questions about publishing open access with Cambridge University Press, visit the Services for open access policies or you may email Cambridge University directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beginning in January 2022, the College of Charleston Libraries signed a Read & Publish agreement with Wiley. Any corresponding authors affiliated with the College of Charleston “may publish open access in any of Wiley’s hybrid journals (subscription-based journals which offer an open access option) at no cost to the author.”4 There are more than 1,400 Wiley hybrid journals available.
To be eligible to publish open access in a Wiley hybrid journal you must:
Be a corresponding author actively affiliated with the College of Charleston
Have written a primary research article or review article
Have your manuscript accepted “on or after January 1, 2022”5
Follow the order workflow described in Wiley’s “Open access agreement for authors at eligible institutions in North and South Carolina, USA.”
You may find an alphabetical list of Wiley’s journals that support open access publishing by visiting Wiley’s Article Publication Charges (APCs) and selecting the Hybrid Open Access list (in the gold box).
Learn more about publishing in a Wiley hybrid journal by reviewing Wiley’s “Open access agreement for authors at eligible institutions in North and South Carolina, USA.”
How long will the College of Charleston have Read & Publish Agreements with Cambridge University Press and Wiley?
License agreements are generally reviewed and signed on an annual basis. Some agreements may be multi-year, generally covering a span of 3 to 5 years. Should there be changes to either agreement, they will generally take effect at the start of the new (calendar) year. This guide will be reviewed and updated annually to reflect the most recent Read & Publish terms and conditions.
Does the College of Charleston Libraries have plans to enter any other Read & Publish Agreements?
Not at this time, but should more publishers with whom we share existing license agreements offer Read & Publish options, we will certainly consider them. The terms and conditions for any new Read & Publish Agreement will be added to this guide.
Does the College of Charleston Libraries financially contribute to other transformative agreements which support open access?
Yes. Since 2019, the College of Charleston Libraries have supported SCOAP-3, a consortium of thousands of libraries, research centers, and other funding agencies from around the world. SCOAP-3 has worked with publishers in the field of physics to make key journals open access at no cost to authors. Learn more about these journals at SCOAP-3.
My paper was accepted but I am no longer with the College of Charleston. Is it still eligible for open access publication with one of these publishers?
If you have questions about whether your paper is eligible for open access publication, contact Allison Jones, electronic resources & serials librarian, at email@example.com.
Have additional questions about the College of Charleston Libraries’ Read & Publish Agreements?
Contact Allison Jones, electronic resources & serials librarian, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, “Transformative Agreements: A Primer,” The Scholarly Kitchen (blog), April 23, 2019, https://scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org/2019/04/23/transformative-agreements/.
2. Hincliffe, “Transformative Agreements.”
3. “Pros and Cons,” openaccess.nl, https://www.openaccess.nl/en/what-is-open-access/pros-and-cons.
4. “Open Access Agreement for Authors at Eligible Institutions in North and South Carolina, USA,” Wiley, https://authorservices.wiley.com/author-resources/Journal-Authors/open-access/affiliation-policies-payments/carolina-consortium-agreement.html.
5. Wiley, “Open Access Agreement.”