Open Access Publishing Agreements

Find out about the open access agreements between the University and scholarly publishers.

Many scholarly publishers are seeking to transition their subscription journals to an open access model through transformative agreements with institutions, rather than levying Article Processing Charges (APCs) on authors. The University of Melbourne is supporting these agreements where appropriate.

Types of agreements and models:

  • Read and Publish: An agreement where both subscription fees and open access publishing fees are combined into a single contract. However, publishing components can vary and there may be journal exclusions or an annual cap on the number of open access articles covered. See below for details on each agreement.
  • Subscribe to Open: If the journal reaches their target subscription revenue at the start of each year, they will make the entire year’s content open access. Subscribers will also gain access to back issues.
  • Open access publishers are also exploring institutional level agreements to remove the barrier of author-facing APCs. Any agreements with the University are also included in the list below.

When publishing open access you will typically publish under a Creative Commons licence. For more information on each Creative Commons licence, visit our Copyright website. Note that you may be required to select a certain licence as specified by your research funder.

All agreements are reviewed annually. This webpage will be updated to reflect any changes.

Cap notices for the Oxford University Press,  Springer Nature, and Wiley agreements are provided below and updated regularly.

Publishing agreements (no author-facing APCs)

  • Annual Reviews

    Type: Subscribe to Open

    Coverage: Unlimited OA publishing for any authors across eight journals

    Start date: 2020-2021 (dependent on journal)

    End date: Ongoing (pending publisher announcement)

    Licence: Creative Commons (not specified on website)

    Further information: https://www.annualreviews.org/page/subscriptions/subscribe-to-open

  • Berghahn

    Type: Subscribe to Open

    Status: Active

    Coverage: Under the Berghahn Open Anthro program, this agreement covers unlimited OA publishing for all authors across Berghahn’s 13 anthropology journals (14 journals from 2022)

    Licence options: Author’s choice of CC BY, CC BY-ND, or CC BY-NC-ND

    Further information: Berghahn Open Anthro

  • Brill

    Type: Read and Publish

    Status: Active from 1 January 2022 (applicable to articles accepted from this date)

    Coverage: Unlimited OA publishing for UoM corresponding authors in journals to which the University of Melbourne currently subscribes. View the included title list.

    The agreement covers:

    • research articles
    • review articles

    Restrictions: Certain journal titles and article types are excluded from this agreement.

    Licence options: Author’s choice of CC BY, CC BY-NC, or CC BY-NC-ND

    How to use the agreement: Authors must use their University of Melbourne affiliation. Procedures change depending on the mode of submission:

    • If submitting through Brill’s Editorial Manager system, authors will be asked whether they are affiliated with an institution that has a read-and-publish agreement in place.
    • If submitting directly to a journal contact, authors must request to publish open access and indicate that they are affiliated with an institution that has a read-and-publish agreement in place.

    Further information: Brill’s Institutional Open Access Agreements webpage

  • Cambridge University Press

    Type: Read and Publish

    Status: Active from 1 January 2022 (applicable to articles accepted from this date)

    Coverage: Unlimited OA publishing for UoM corresponding authors in most hybrid and OA journals. View the full title list.

    The agreement covers:

    • research articles
    • review articles
    • rapid communications
    • brief reports
    • case reports

    Restrictions: Some journal titles and article types are excluded from this agreement.

    Licence options: Author’s choice of CC BY, CC BY-SA, CC BY-ND, CC BY-NC, CC BY-NC-SA, or CC BY-NC-ND

    How to use the agreement:

    1. Follow CUP’s usual article submission process via the journal’s homepage on Cambridge Core.
    2. On acceptance of the article, CUP will ask the corresponding author to complete a form (publishing agreement).
    3. The corresponding author selects Gold Open Access and confirms the licence type (e.g. CC BY).
    4. Rightslink works on the publisher's behalf to manage the APCs, which are automatically waived when the submitting author is from an eligible institution.

    In all correspondence with the publisher and Rightslink, authors must use their University of Melbourne email and postal address, and provide their ORCID.

    Further information: Cambridge University Press; CAUL Guide

  • Cogitatio

    Type: OA publisher agreement

    Status: Active from 1 January 2022 (applicable to articles submitted from this date)

    Coverage: Unlimited OA publishing for UoM corresponding authors in all journals hosted by the publisher.

    Restrictions: Note that the publisher will charge 150€ to authors whose articles range from 8,001 to 9,000 words.

    Licence options: CC BY

    How to use the agreement: Corresponding authors must use their University of Melbourne affiliation and email address to be eligible for OA publishing under this agreement.

    Further information: Cogitatio Press

  • Company of Biologists

    Type: Read and Publish

    Status: Active from 1 January 2022 (applicable to articles accepted from this date)

    Coverage: Unlimited OA publishing for UoM corresponding authors in the publisher’s three hybrid journals:

    • Development
    • Journal of Cell Science
    • Journal of Experimental Biology

    Restrictions: Fully OA journals are not included in this agreement (author-facing APCs will still apply).

    Licence options: CC BY

    How to use the agreement: University of Melbourne corresponding authors must use their University email address to be eligible for OA publishing under this agreement. Submissions should be made using the publisher’s online submission platform.

  • CSIRO Publishing

    Type: Read and Publish

    Status: Active from 1 January 2022 (applicable to articles accepted from this date)

    Coverage: Unlimited OA publishing for UoM corresponding authors in all 15 CSIRO owned journals, and two (of seven) society journals published by CSIRO. View the included title list on the CSIRO Publishing website.

    Restrictions: Some journal titles are excluded from this agreement

    Licence options: Author’s choice of CC-BY, CC-BY-NC and CC-BY-NC-ND

    How to use the agreement:

    1. Corresponding authors must use their University of Melbourne affiliation and email address to be eligible for OA publishing under this agreement.
    2. Submissions must be made through CSIRO’s submission platform, ScholarOne. Eligible authors will be identified by their email addresses and Ringgold ID.

    Further information: CSIRO Publishing; CAUL Guide

  • De Gruyter

    Type: Read and Publish

    Status: Active from 1 January 2022 (applicable to articles accepted from this date)

    Coverage: Unlimited OA publishing for UoM corresponding authors in hybrid journals to which the University of Melbourne subscribes. View a list of eligible hybrid journals.

    Restrictions: De Gruyter’s fully OA journals are not covered, although corresponding authors can receive a 20% APC discount for publishing in eligible De Gruyter fully-OA (gold) journals. View a list of OA journals eligible for this discount.

    Licence options: CC BY (as per De Gruyter’s Open Access Publishing Agreement with authors)

    How to use the agreement: Corresponding authors must use their University of Melbourne email address to be eligible for OA publishing under this agreement. The publisher will automatically check eligibility based on this email address and inform the corresponding author that a read-and-publish agreement applies. More information on De Gruyter’s submission processes can be found on their website.

  • Future Science Group

    Type: Read and Publish

    Status: Active

    Coverage: Unlimited OA publishing for UoM corresponding authors in hybrid journals only

    Restrictions: Excludes Drug Evaluation articles and content or research that is sponsored or funded by pharmaceutical or biotechnology companies. Fully OA journals are not included in this agreement (author-facing APCs will still apply).

    Licence options: CC BY

    How to use the agreement: Corresponding authors must use their University of Melbourne email address to be eligible for OA publishing under this agreement.

    1. Corresponding authors must use their University of Melbourne email address and affiliation in the submission system.
    2. Complete an open access form and upload it either at submission or revision.
    3. When your manuscript is accepted, the FSG payment system will allow you to check your institution is listed correctly and remove the open access fee.

    Further information: Future Science Group; CAUL Guide

  • Geological Society, Lyell Collection

    Type: Read and Publish

    Status: Active from 1 January 2022 (applicable to articles submitted from this date)

    Coverage: Unlimited OA publishing for UoM corresponding authors of all article types in selected hybrid journals and book series. View a list of eligible journals and book series.

    Restrictions: The agreement only covers the hybrid journals and book series specified, not the full range of Lyell Collection titles.

    Licence options: CC BY or CC BY-SA; CC0 for accompanying data.

    How to use the agreement: University of Melbourne corresponding authors must use their University email address to be eligible for OA publishing under this agreement. Submissions should be made using the publisher’s online submission platform.

    Further information: Lyell Collection; CAUL Guide

  • Microbiology Society

    Type: Read and Publish

    Status: Active

    Coverage: Unlimited OA publishing for UoM corresponding authors in all six journals

    Restrictions: None

    Licence options: CC BY

    How to use this agreement: Corresponding authors must use their University of Melbourne affiliation and email address in the accepted paper to be recognised as eligible.

    Further information: Microbiology Society; CAUL Guide

  • Oxford University Press

    Cap notice: Based on year-to-date uptake, it is projected that the agreement's 2022 open access publishing cap will be reached in mid-November 2022. Due to a recent uptake in  open access publishing under the agreement, however, this date may move forward.

    Type: Read and Publish

    Status: Active from 1 January 2022 (applicable to articles accepted from this date)

    Coverage: Limited (capped) OA publishing for UoM corresponding authors in hybrid OUP journals. Check coverage in CAUL's annotated list of OUP journals.

    Eligible article types include:

    • Research articles
    • Review articles
    • Case reports
    • Brief reports

    Restrictions: Fully OA journals are not included in this agreement (author-facing APCs will still apply). Note that some OUP journals, mostly society journals, do not yet offer hybrid OA publishing and are not covered under the agreement. For a full list of inclusions and exclusions, see CAUL's annotated list.

    Cap details: This is a capped agreement. All Australian universities that have signed the CAUL-negotiated agreement contribute to the same cap, which is tracked on the CAUL guide's reports page . If an article is accepted after the cap has been reached, it will be published behind a paywall (unless an APC is paid), at which point the author should deposit their accepted manuscript in Minerva Access to pursue repository open access options. Current predictions indicate the cap will be reached on or around 16 November 2022, although it is likely this date will move forward.

    Licence options: CC BY, CC BY-NC, or CC BY-NC-ND, depending on the journal. CC BY is offered by 96% of OUP journals.

    How to use the agreement: Corresponding authors must use their University of Melbourne affiliation and email address in the accepted paper to be recognised as eligible.

    NOTE: Current wording of the OUP acceptance email is unclear in regards to who covers open access publishing costs. If your article meets the eligibility criteria outlined above, it will be covered by the agreement and you will not face article processing charges (APCs) - when you "confirm that you will pay the Open Access charge," you are only confirming that you will make use of the existing open access publishing agreement between OUP and the University of Melbourne. If you need further guidance on navigating the OUP licensing agreement platform, please email zachary.kendal@unimelb.edu.au.

    Further information: OUP Read and Publish Agreements; CAUL Guide

  • Portland Press (Biochemical Society)

    Type: Read and Publish

    Status: Active

    Coverage: Unlimited OA publishing for UoM corresponding authors in all seven journals

    Restrictions: None

    Licence options: Author’s choice of CC BY or CC BY-NC-ND

    How to use the agreement: Submit your article using the publisher’s platform. You will be recognised as being eligible for open access publishing with no author-facing APCs when you select your institution in the submission system.

    Further information: Portland Press; CAUL Guide

  • Practical Action Publishing

    Type: Subscribe to Open

    Status: Active from 1 January 2022

    Coverage: Unlimited OA publishing in Waterlines and Enterprise Development & Microfinance for all authors. Due to reaching their subscription targets for the year, both journals will be OA in 2022. (The University of Melbourne subscribes to Waterlines.)

    Licence options: CC BY-NC-ND

    Further information: Practical Action Publishing – Subscribe to Open

  • Royal Society

    Type: Read and Publish

    Status: Active from 1 January 2022 (applicable to articles accepted from this date)

    Coverage: Unlimited OA publishing for UoM corresponding authors in all Royal Society journals

    Restrictions: None

    Licence options: CC BY

    How to use the agreement: Select the ‘Read & Publish’ option during submission. Corresponding authors must use their University of Melbourne affiliation and email address in the accepted paper to be recognised as eligible.

    Further information: Royal Society Read & Publish; CAUL Guide

  • Springer Nature

    Cap notice: Based on year-to-date uptake, it is projected that the agreement's 2022 open access publishing cap will be reached in late October 2022. Details below.

    Type: Read and Publish

    Status: Active from 1 January 2022 (applicable to articles accepted from this date)

    Coverage: Limited (capped) OA publishing for UoM corresponding authors in all hybrid Springer, Palgrave, ADIS, and Academic Journals on nature.com. A full list of eligible journals can be found in the CAUL Guide.

    Eligible article types:

    • Original research articles
    • Review articles
    • Briefs

    Restrictions: This agreement does not cover Nature and Nature research journals. Fully OA journals are not included in this agreement (author-facing APCs will still apply). Other exclusions are indicated in the CAUL Guide.

    Cap details: This is a capped agreement. All Australian universities that have signed the CAUL-negotiated agreement contribute to the same cap, which is tracked on the CAUL guide's reports page. If an article is accepted after the cap has been reached, it will be published behind a paywall (unless an APC is paid), at which point the author should deposit their accepted manuscript in Minerva Access to pursue repository open access options. Current predictions indicate the cap will be reached on or around 29 October 2022.

    Licence options: Author’s choice of CC BY, CC BY-NC, or CC BY-NC-ND.

    How to use the agreement: Corresponding authors must use their University of Melbourne affiliation and email address in the accepted paper to be recognised as eligible. When possible, we recommend submitting your article from a computer with a University IP Address (either using on-campus wi-fi, or the University’s VPN).

    Further information: Springer Nature video on how the agreement works; Springer Nature website; CAUL Guide.

  • Wiley

    Cap notice: Based on year-to-date uptake, it is not projected that the agreement's 2022 open access publishing cap will be reached. However, there has been a recent increase in uptake and if this continues, the cap may be exceeded in late 2022.

    Type: Read and Publish

    Status: Active from 1 January 2022 (applicable to articles accepted from this date)

    Coverage: Limited (capped) OA publishing for UoM corresponding authors in hybrid Wiley journals. A full list of eligible journals can be found in the CAUL Guide.

    Eligible article types include:

    • Primary research and review articles, including original articles
    • Case studies
    • Reviews
    • Short Communications

    See Wiley's full list of article classifications, which indicated which types are eligible for open access publishing.

    Restrictions: Fully OA journals are not included in this agreement (author-facing APCs will still apply). Subscription-only journals that don’t offer OA publishing are indicated in the CAUL Guide.

    Cap details: This is a capped agreement. All Australian universities that have signed the CAUL-negotiated agreement contribute to the same cap, which is tracked on the CAUL guide's reports page. If an article is accepted after the cap has been reached, it will be published behind a paywall (unless an APC is paid), at which point the author should deposit their accepted manuscript in Minerva Access to pursue repository open access options.

    Licence options: Author’s choice of CC BY, CC BY-NC, or CC BY-NC-ND

    How to use the agreement: The responsible corresponding author must use their University of Melbourne affiliation and email address in the accepted paper to be recognised as eligible. Note the “responsible corresponding author” is the author who manages the manuscript and correspondence during the publication process, from submission through publication. This cannot be changed after submission.

    Upon article acceptance, when invited into the Author Services platform, confirm your eligibility for OA publishing by providing your University of Melbourne affiliation. Once your eligibility has been recognised, confirm which OA licence you wish to use (e.g. CC BY).

    Further information: Wiley; CAUL Guide

APC & BPC discounts (author-facing charges apply)

  • American Chemical Society

    Discount: USD250

    Status: Active

    Coverage: Open access publishing in hybrid journals only

    Summary: The University's subscription to ACS journals entitles UoM authors to discounted APCs. Individual members of the ACS are entitled to a further discount under the ACS Author Rewards program.

    Further information: https://acsopenscience.org/open-access/pricing/

  • BioMed Central (BMC)

    Discount: 15%

    Status: Active

    Coverage: All research articles

    Summary: The University has a BMC Supporter Membership. This means that corresponding authors affiliated with the University of Melbourne can receive a 15% discount on the APCs of all research articles accepted for publication in BMC journals.

    Further information: BioMed Central Institutional Support information

  • De Gruyter

    Discount: 20%

    Status: Active from 1 January 2022 (applicable to articles accepted from this date)

    Coverage: Eligible fully open access journals. View a list of OA journals eligible for this discount.

    Summary: The University's Read and Publish agreement with De Gruyter waives APCs for a select number of hybrid journals only.  (see above). However, corresponding authors can receive a 20% APC discount for publishing in eligible De Gruyter fully-OA (gold) journals.Corresponding authors must use their University of Melbourne email address to be eligible for this discount. More information on De Gruyter’s submission processes can be found on their website.

  • Elsevier

    Discount: 12.5%

    Status: Active from 1 January 2022 (for articles accepted from this date)

    Coverage: Selected hybrid journals only. View the included titles list.

    Summary: Corresponding authors affiliated with the University of Melbourne are eligible for a 12.5% discount on APCs in Elsevier’s core hybrid journals. The discount is off each journal’s APC list price. Note that under this agreement, authors can publish under a CC BY or CC BY-NC-ND licence.

    Further information: Elsevier’s APC list prices

  • ICE Publishing (Institution of Civil Engineers)

    Discount: 15%

    Status: Active

    Coverage: All ICE Publishing journals.

    Summary: Corresponding authors affiliated with the University of Melbourne are eligible for a 15% discount on APCs in ICE Publishing journals. The discount is automatically applied to the APCs upon acceptance of an article where the corresponding author uses their institution’s email domain.

    Further information: Open access at ICE Publishing

  • MDPI

    Discount: 10%

    Status: Active

    Coverage: All journal articles, book chapters, and books

    Summary: Authors affiliated with the University of Melbourne receive a 10% discount on APCs with MDPI journals, as well as a reduction in Book Processing Charges (BPCs) and Chapter Processing Charges (CPCs) in Editions for MDPI Books.

    Further information: MDPI’s Institutional Open Access Program

  • Royal Society of Chemistry

    Discount: 15%

    Status: Active from 1 January 2022 (for articles accepted from this date)

    Coverage: RSC's hybrid journals

    Summary: The RSC offers University of Melbourne corresponding authors a 15% discount on APCs for their hybrid journals. Fully open access journals are not eligible. The discount is automatically applied to the APC upon acceptance of an article where the corresponding author uses their University of Melbourne email address.

    Further information: Royal Society of Chemistry – Gold open access

  • SpringerOpen

    Discount: 15%

    Status: Active

    Coverage: All SpringerOpen journals and books

    Summary: SpringerOpen includes Springer’s portfolio of peer-reviewed fully open access journals and books across all areas of science. Corresponding authors affiliated with the University of Melbourne can receive a 15% discount on journal APCs and book publication fees.

    Further information: SpringerOpen Institutional Membership information

Informational video (5 May 2022)

In this recording of a one-off Researcher@Library webinar, Dimity Flanagan and Zachary Kendal from Scholarly Communications explore the 2022 Open Access Publishing Agreements. They cover how the agreements work, what they include, their limitations, and how researchers can use them to publish open access without author-facing fees. They also discuss the benefits of open access and how to pursue repository open access for publications that end up behind a paywall.

Enquiries: Zachary Kendal, Scholarly Communications Consultant, zachary.kendal@unimelb.edu.au

Last updated 8 August 2022.