Transformative agreements (also referred to as transitional agreements or ‘read and publish’ deals) are contracts negotiated between institutions and publishers in order to move away from subscription based reading towards a business model which means payment is made to publish in scholarly journals. In the UK, JISC negotiates transitional agreements on our behalf.
We have read and publish agreements with several academic journal publishers which reduce or remove the cost of publishing open access in their journals. The following deals are open to all current Staffordshire University affiliated research staff and postgraduate research students who have written an eligible paper in conjunction with a member of academic staff employed at Staffordshire University. There are slight differences between agreements, so please see eligibility details for the individual deals listed below.
Read and Publish Deals are available to:
Staffordshire University corresponding authors are able to publish open access in all ACS hybrid and fully open access journals.
See How to publish open access for more information.
Via publisher website
Staffordshire University affiliated corresponding authors are eligible to publish Open Access in permitted ACM journals and conference proceedings with no cost to the author. Under the ACM OPEN license model all eligible corresponding authors may publish an unlimited number of accepted research articles in these publications.
Check the list of ACM Publications Eligible for Open Access Publishing Under ACM OPEN
The corresponding author designation must be made in the conference or journal submission system and the corresponding author must include their primary affiliation and use their institutional email address. The primary affiliation for each author should be the institution where the majority of their work was done.
Open access will be presented as a default choice for Affiliated Corresponding Authors, with the option to publish on a closed access basis, if they so choose.
The default authors' rights selection for authors affiliated with an institution participating in ACM OPEN is a Creative Commons CC-BY license, facilitating compliance with funder mandates.
Via publisher conference or journal submission system.
Staffordshire University affiliated corresponding authors are eligible to publish Open Access in permitted BMJ journals. Under this agreement they can:
Check full details, the list of eligible funders and participating journals
When submitting through the submission system you will need to validate your primary affiliation (As Staffordshire University), and funder (if funded) by selecting from the drop down list when prompted.
The application of the Open Access fees will automatically be sent to your institution for approval once your article has been accepted. Upon their decision you will receive an email confirmation.
Please note that if you do not satisfy all the eligibility criteria and the request is rejected, you will receive an invoice for the full cost of the APC.
Via the publisher website
During the submission process, state that you are affiliated with Staffordshire University.
Ensure you meet the funding requirements where neccesary.
Eligible Staffordshire University corresponding authors are able to publish Open Access (OA) - at no cost - in gold and hybrid Cambridge University Press journals covered by this agreement.
Check for full information.
To be eligible, articles must:
Staffordshire University corresponding authors are eligible to publish Open Access in permitted Elsevier, Lancet and Cell Press journals. Under this agreement they can:
See the Elsevier-UK Institutions Agreement for detailed information and a list of participating journals.
Only the following article types in Hybrid journals are eligible: Research and Review articles, Case Reports, Data in Brief, Micro-article, Original Software Publication, Protocol, Replication Study, Short Communication, Short Survey, Video Article, Practice Guideline. There are further restrictions on eligible article types for The Cell Press and The Lancet.
For fully OA journals a 15% discount is available when publishing in these titles. As the university does not have a central APC budget, authors should ensure they have the funding available from their department prior to submitting papers for publication via this route.
Staffordshire University corresponding authors are able to publish open access in all Wiley journals without having to pay an APC.
See the Wiley Open Access agreement for authors for more information.
Via publisher website