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Open Access Faculty Read and Publish Agreements (BMC)

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Contact Camilla MacKay (Director of Research & Instructional Services, Scholarly Communications Librarian, LITS).


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What are Read and Publish Agreements?

BMC Faculty authors who publish articles in some journals can make their articles immediately open access through the journal sites, without paying an APC (article processing charge). LITS subscriptions to these journals are now "read and publish agreements" (also called "transformative agreements"), which help to shift library subscription payments toward support for open access publishing by waiving APCs. 

LITS has read and publish agreements with the publishers listed below.

ACS Publications

Bryn Mawr authors who publish in any ACS journal can automatically make any article open access.*

Authors will receive a link to  Journal Publishing Agreement by email. Choose "Yes, I wish to publish open access as per the agreement." Your request will automatically be approved with no payment required.

ACS read and publish agreement box

*This agreement is made available because of our membership in PALCI (provider of EZBorrow). 

Cambridge University Press

Bryn Mawr faculty authors who publish in any CUP journal to which LITS subscribes should follow these instructions to make their articles open access. Rightslink (which processes APCs) is set up to automatically approve, without payment, any Bryn Mawr faculty who are corresponding authors for their articles.

Company of Biologists

Company of Biologists Journals: Bryn Mawr faculty corresponding authors can publish open access with no APCs in three journals: Development, Journal of Cell Science, and Journal of Experimental Biology. See instructions here.

Bryn Mawr Open Access Policy

The BMC OA policy allows for open access posting of the text of scholarly articles to the college's open access repository. This policy is separate from read-and-publish agreements.

Springer Nature: coming soon in 2023