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Open Access Toolkit: Read & Publish Agreements

Library-funded open access publishing for UWA authors - "Read and Publish" agreements

Transformative agreements, also known as "Read and Publish" agreements, are a key strategy adopted by the Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) in moving Australian research towards open access. They bring the research community, academic libraries and scholarly publishers together to work towards an open access publishing model. 

Read and Publish agreements provide authors with the opportunity to publish open access in subscription journals immediately on acceptance, and free of any transactional Article Processing Charges (APCs). These agreements work by taking the library’s existing expenditure on journal subscriptions and repurposing it to cover both reading and publishing in that publisher’s journals. This means that only subscription journals are included in these agreements - publishing in fully open access journals (also known as Gold open access journals) is not currently covered.    

Under these agreements, authors can often choose which Creative Commons licence they wish to apply to their work. For more information on Creative Commons licensing, see the Author rights tab of this guide.

UWA also has agreements and memberships with some publishers to reduce or remove the article processing charges for publishing open access.

The below table lists the Read and Publish agreements available to UWA authors in 2022*.

Each agreement has different conditions; refer to the "Further details and information for authors" links for the specific details of each agreement. 

Upon submission of an article, UWA corresponding authors are recognised by their institutional email address or by specifying their University of Western Australia affiliation. Ensure you always use your UWA email address (ending in "@uwa.edu.au", "@research.uwa.edu.au" or "@student.uwa.edu.au").

*The full list of all journals included in the CAUL Read & Publish Agreements is available here. Note that UWA has not entered into all of the agreements - please refer to the publisher Title lists below to see the UWA-specific agreements.

Springer Nature publishing cap update

The Springer Nature publishing cap was reached on the 8 November 2022. This means we have exhausted the number of articles we can publish open access under the agreement. If you have submitted an article to a Springer Nature hybrid journal and it is accepted after the publishing cap was reached, Springer Nature will notify you that an APC is payable to publish open access. If you do not wish to pay an APC to publish open access, you can choose to publish behind a paywall in 2022 and self-archive the Authors Accepted Manuscript in the UWA Profiles and Research Repository after any mandatory embargo periods.


Note that the publishing cap will re-set on 1 January 2023, so articles accepted after this date will be eligible to publish open access at no cost under the 2023 Springer Nature Read and Publish agreement. 

2022 Read and publish agreements

Publisher Title list Conditions Additional information
Biochemical Society (Portland Press) Title list
  • No limits on number of articles published by an institution
Cambridge University Press Title list
  • Applies to over 380 CUP titles
  • No limits on number of articles published by an institution
  • Eligible article types are research articles, review articles, rapid communications, brief reports, and case reports
  • Articles with a 2022 acceptance date are eligible to be published open access under the terms of this agreement
Cogitatio Press Title list
  • Go to the publisher's website, choose the relevant journal title and follow the submission instructions
  • Articles will be published under a CC BY licence
  • You will be recognised as being eligible for the APC waiver by your UWA email address and UWA institutional affiliation
  • All 4 Cogitatio Press journals are covered by this agreement: Media and Communication, Politics and Governance, Social Inclusion, and Urban Planning
  • Information for authors
CSIRO Title list
  • All CSIRO titles plus 2 society journals included from 2022
  • No limits on number of articles published by an institution
Karger Title list
  • No limits on number of articles published by an institution
  • Articles will be published under a CC BY-NC licence
  • Articles with a 2022 acceptance date are eligible to be published open access under the terms of this agreement
Microbiology Society Title list
  • No limits on number of articles published by an institution
Oxford University Press Title list
  • Applies to over 350 OUP titles
  • Shared allowance of 1,007 articles by authors from participating institutions. The number of articles approved under the cap can be found here.  
  • Eligible article types are research articles, review articles, case reports, brief reports
  • Articles with a 2022 acceptance date are eligible to be published open access under the terms of this agreement
The Royal Society Title list
  • No limits on number of articles published by an institution
  • Articles will be published under a CC BY licence
  • Articles with a 2022 acceptance date are eligible to be published open access under the terms of this agreement
Springer Nature Title list

NOTE - Springer has now reached its publishing cap for 2022. See the full details above.

  • Applies to 1,976 titles, from Springer Nature imprints including Springer, Palgrave, ADIS and Academic Journals on Nature.com. Nature titles are not included.
  • Shared allowance of 3,221 articles by authors from participating institutions. The number of articles approved under the cap can be found here.  
  • Eligible article types are original papers, review papers, brief communication, continuing education
  • Articles with a 2022 acceptance date are eligible to be published open access under the terms of this agreement
Wiley Title list
  • Applies to approximately 1,400 titles
  • Shared allowance of 6,388 articles by authors from participating institutions. The number of articles approved under the cap can be found here.  
  • Eligible article types are primary research and review articles, case studies, reviews, and short communications
  • Articles with a 2022 acceptance date are eligible to be published open access under the terms of this agreement
  • Wiley require the responsible corresponding author to be a member of a participating institution in order to be eligible for OA publishing under this agreement. 
  • Each article may have more than one corresponding author, but only a single designated 'responsible corresponding author' who will be in charge of the administrative details for the article.
  • Further details and information for authors
  • Step by step guide for authors

Information above has been adapted from the University of South Australia (with permission) and the Council of Australian Universities (CAUL) Read & Publish Agreements Negotiated by CAUL guide, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 (CC BY 4.0) licence. 

Article Processing Charge discounts

UWA also has agreements and memberships with some publishers to reduce or remove the article processing charges (APCs) for publishing open access. See the Publishing an article OA tab for more information. 

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