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Open Access & Institutional Repository: Transformative Agreements and Memberships

These transformative agreements and open access memberships provide open access at no cost to the author.

  • Transformative agreements are a way for publishers to transition their subscription journals to full open access. The costs of open access are part of an overall University of Southampton payment covering both subscriptions and open access publishing. The open access charges are part of the agreement: there is no additional open access cost when a paper is published.
  • Open access memberships and deals cover publishing costs in fully open access journals.

Please note that we do not have a central institutional fund for open access payments that fall outside of these deals; the University of Southampton supports open access via self-archiving your Accepted Manuscript in Pure.

Please email eprints@soton.ac.uk if you have any questions.

Transformative agreements and open access memberships

Publisher Details of Transformative Agreement (TA) or Open Access Membership List of included journals Date of Agreement
CUP (Cambridge University Press) Open to all University of Southampton corresponding authors. Eligible article types are research articles, review articles and rapid communications. Full details here. The University of Southampton is being added to the list of participating institutions. CUP journals covered by the agreement Articles accepted for publication between 01/01/2021 and 31/12/2024
IOP (Institute of Physics) Open to all University of Southampton corresponding (submitting) authors. Research articles and reviews (letters, papers, reviews and special issue articles) are eligible, IOP will automatically identify qualifying articles and inform authors of their inclusion. Most IOP hybrid journals Articles accepted for publication by 31/12/2023
Microbiology Society Open to all University of Southampton corresponding authors using a soton.ac.uk email address during submission.  All Microbiology Society journals Articles accepted for publication between 01/01/2021 and 31/12/2021
Open Library of Humanities (OLH) The Open Library of Humanities (OLH) is a charitable organisation dedicated to publishing open access scholarship with no author-facing article processing charges (APCs), funded by an international consortium of libraries, including the University of Southampton. OLH journals Ongoing
PLOS Open to all University of Southampton corresponding authors in all PLOS titles All PLOS journals Articles accepted for publication between 01/01/2021 and 31/12/2023
RCGP (Royal College of General Practitioners) Open to all University of Southampton corresponding authors for research articles in British Journal of General Practice and BJGP Open BJGP and BJGP Open Articles accepted for publication between 01/01/2021 and 31/12/2022
Royal Society

Open to all University of Southampton corresponding authors using a soton.ac.uk email address during submission. All Royal Society journals (hybrid and fully open access) are included. The University of Southampton is being added to the list of participating institutions.

Please opt for Open Access publication during online submission and select 'Article processing charges are covered by a special agreement, then 'The corresponding author is part of a Read & Publish deal'.

All Royal Society journals Articles accepted for publication between 01/01/2021 and 31/12/2021
RSC We have a Publish & Read deal with RSC providing 21 open access credits per year in 2020 and 2021 to University of Southampton corresponding authors in hybrid journals. Please complete our APC request form so that we can manage the credits.  All RSC hybrid journals offering a CC BY licence Credits valid during 2020 and 2021
Sage

Open to all University of Southampton corresponding authors. Includes 900+ SAGE Choice subscription journals in the current SAGE Premier package, the IMechE Journal Collection and the Royal Society of Medicine Collection, which offer hybrid open access publishing.

The deal does not include fully open access titles, but corresponding authors are eligible for a 20% discount in the open access cost (APC) for Sage fully open access journals.

Please note all authors should still complete the steps to sign SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement on acceptance as normal. SAGE still requires this agreement for your article to proceed to production at SAGE. Through the SAGE Open Access Portal, you will automatically receive an open access Contributor’s Agreement that will replace the earlier signed agreement. Please select the CC BY licence.

Hybrid journals (not fully open access journals)  in SAGE PremierIMechE Journal Collection and Royal Society of Medicine Collection

Please note this list of journals added/removed from the 2021 SAGE Premier package

Articles accepted for publication by 31/12/2022
Springer

Open to all University of Southampton corresponding authors. Original research, review, brief communication and continuing education article types in Springer Open Choice journals (subscription journals with paid open access option) are covered by our participation in the Springer Compact deal.

'Hybrid journal list' from Springer 31/12/2021
Wiley and AGU

From 01/01/2021, open to all University of Southampton corresponding authors submitting original research and review articles. However, at some point during 2021 (date to be confirmed by Wiley) this will change so that only UKRI and Wellcome funded corresponding authors are eligible.

The deal provides a capped number of credits across participating institutions in the UK and will end when all credits have been used.

We will only approve articles that have a CC BY licence rather than CC BY-NC or CC BY-ND

This covers the open access cost (APC) only, we cannot fund any additional publication fees or excess page charges.

All fully open access journals and hybrid journals offering Online Open

Deal ends 31/12/2023 with a capped number of credits across  participating institutions each year.