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Open Access & Institutional Repository: Transformative Agreements and Memberships

Publisher agreements and open access memberships

These publisher agreements and open access memberships provide open access at no cost to the author. Please note that former members of staff and visitors cannot benefit from the agreements/memberships.

  • 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.

At the bottom of this page we list discounts with some publishers, but these do not cover the entire open access cost.

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

Use our journal search tool to check if you can publish open access in your chosen journal without paying an Article Processing Charge (APC). https://search.scifree.se/soton

These publisher open access agreements are open to University of Southampton corresponding authors (visitors are not included)

  • Your University of Southampton affiliation must be stated in the published article
  • Use your soton.ac.uk email address
  • Search will find word match in title, publisher, or subject area (if provided by publisher)
  • Truncation/Wildcard symbol (*) can be used to search, for example, chem* will find over 200 included journals while chem on its own will only find 5 included journals
  • Please contact us if you have any questions: eprints@soton.ac.uk

 

We are proud to be the first UK institution to partner with SciFree, enabling you to check if a specific journal is included in a publisher agreement that offers open access publishing at no cost to the author.

Publisher Details of Transformative Agreement (TA) or Open Access Membership List of included journals Date of Agreement

ACS (American Chemical Society)

 

Research articles with a University of Southampton submitting corresponding author should automatically be included in the agreement.

Please select the CC BY Creative Commons attribution licence.

All ACS journals Articles accepted for publication 01/01/22-31/12/24
AIP (American Institute of Physics)

Open to all University of Southampton corresponding authors using their institutional address and institutional email address. AIP will ask the author to complete a form on acceptance. AIP have experienced issues setting up the UK agreement, please contact eprints@soton.ac.uk if your article has not been included and you think it should be.

Please select the CC BY Creative Commons attribution licence.

AIP hybrid journals. List of included titles

Agreement runs 01/01/2021 to 31/12/2023

A new agreement covering 2024 is being negotiated on behalf of all UK institutions by Jisc. The negotiations will continue into 2024, please email eprints@soton.ac.uk if you have any questions

Cambridge University Press (CUP)

Open to all University of Southampton corresponding authors. Eligible article types are research articles, review articles and rapid communications. Full details here

Please select the CC BY Creative Commons attribution licence.

CUP journals covered by the agreement Articles accepted for publication between 01/01/2021 and 31/12/2024
Company of Biologists

Open to all University of Southampton corresponding authors submitting to Development, Journal of Cell Science and Journal of Experimental Biology.

Please select the CC BY Creative Commons attribution licence.

Development, Journal of Cell Science and Journal of Experimental Biology Articles accepted during 2022-2024 
Elsevier 

Open access at no cost to University of Southampton corresponding authors for research and review articles. 

Please select the CC BY Creative Commons attribution licence.

Hybrid Elsevier journals (not fully open access journals) Articles accepted for publication 01/01/22-31/12/24
Geological Society Lyell Collection

Open to all University of Southampton corresponding authors submitting original research articles.

Please select the CC BY Creative Commons attribution licence.

Geological Society Lyell Collection hybrid journals

Articles submitted between 01/01/22 and 31/12/25

 

Hindawi From 01/01/23 all Hindawi journals are included in our Wiley agreement All Hindawi journals

Articles accepted for publication by 31/12/2023

A new agreement covering 2024 is being negotiated on behalf of all UK institutions by Jisc. The negotiations will continue into 2024

Please see the latest update:on our Wiley page and email eprints@soton.ac.uk if you have any questions

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. When you submit your article, please supply your affiliation clearly in the article submission form and in the article itself.

Please select the CC BY (Creative Commons Attribution) licence.

From 01/01/23: All journals included in Lists A, B, C and D

Articles accepted for publication between 01/01/23 and 31/12/2023

 

(Please note our agreement for 2022 only included hybrid IOP journals. Our 2023 agreement covered all IOP and Electrochemical Society journals)

A new agreement covering 2024 is being negotiated on behalf of all UK institutions by Jisc. The negotiations will continue into 2024, please email eprints@soton.ac.uk if you have any questions

Microbiology Society

Open to all University of Southampton corresponding authors using a soton.ac.uk email address during submission. 

Please select the CC BY Creative Commons attribution licence.

All Microbiology Society journals

Articles accepted for publication between 01/01/2021 and 31/12/2024

 

Nature Research Open to all University of Southampton corresponding authors publishing research articles Hybrid Nature Research journals Articles accepted for publication on or before before 31/12/25
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.

Please select the CC BY Creative Commons attribution licence.

OLH journals Ongoing
Optica

Open to all University of Southampton corresponding authors publishing a research or review article in selected Optica journals.

Please select the CC BY Creative Commons attribution licence.

Optica journals covered by the agreement Articles accepted for publication between 01/01/2022 and 31/12/2024
Oxford University Press (OUP)

Open to all University of Southampton corresponding authors publishing a research or review article, received into OUP production on or after 1 January 2021, in hybrid and fully open access journals listed on the OUP Read & Publish agreements page. See the author workflow page or downloadable pdf to ensure your article is included. The 'prepayment' account you need to search for is UK Institutions (Jisc Affiliated).

Please see this recording of a University of Southampton OUP webinar and slides explaining the author workflow.

Please select the CC BY Creative Commons attribution licence.

OUP journals covered by the agreement

Articles received into OUP production by 31/12/2023 

A new agreement covering 2024 is being negotiated on behalf of all UK institutions by Jisc. The negotiations will continue into 2024.

Please email eprints@soton.ac.uk if you plan to submit a paper to an OUP journal while negotiations continue.

 

Palgrave Macmillan

Open to all University of Southampton corresponding authors in hybrid Palgrave journals.

Included as part of the Springer Nature Read & Publish agreement

  Articles accepted for publication on or before before 31/12/25
PLOS

Open to all University of Southampton corresponding authors in many PLOS titles

Please select the CC BY Creative Commons attribution licence.

Many PLOS journals

Articles accepted for publication between 01/01/2021 and 31/12/2024

Portland Press (Biochemical Society)

Open to all University of Southampton corresponding authors in all Portland Press journals

Please select the CC BY Creative Commons attribution licence.

All Portland Press journals Articles accepted for publication between 01/01/2024 and 31/12/2025
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. Please note that Practice & Policy articles are not included.

Please select the CC BY Creative Commons attribution licence.

BJGP and BJGP Open

Articles accepted for publication between 01/01/2021 and 31/12/2024.

 

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. 

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'.

Please select the CC BY Creative Commons attribution licence.

All Royal Society journals

Articles submitted for publication between 01/01/2021 and 31/12/2024

 

RSC 

Includes all peer reviewed article types with a University of Southampton submitting corresponding author in all RSC journals. 

Please select the CC BY Creative Commons attribution licence.

All RSC journals Articles accepted for publication 01/01/22-31/12/24
Sage

Includes research articles, review articles, and case reports with a University of Southampton corresponding author in Sage hybrid journals

Please select the CC BY Creative Commons attribution licence.

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

 

Articles accepted for publication 01/01/23-31/12/24

Springer Nature

Open to all University of Southampton corresponding authors original research and review articles, brief communications and continuing education articles in Springer hybrid journals

CC BY (Creative Commons Attribution) licence will be applied to your article

Eligible Journals

Articles accepted for publication on or before before 31/12/25

Taylor & Francis

All University of Southampton corresponding authors, publishing original research articles in hybrid T&F journals (subscription journals with a paid open access option), will automatically be included. Please select the CC BY licence.

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

Please note that Editorials, Announcements, and Book Reviews are not included. The agreement does not include fully open access journals.

Please select the CC BY Creative Commons attribution licence.

'Open Select' Hybrid T&F and Routledge tiles

List of included titles (can be downloaded and sorted alphabetically or filtered by subject)

 

(not fully open access journals)

Articles accepted by 31/12/2023

A new agreement covering 2024 is being negotiated on behalf of all UK institutions by Jisc. The negotiations will continue into 2024.

 

Please email eprints@soton.ac.uk if you plan to submit a paper to a T&F journal while negotiations continue.

Wiley (includes AGU and Hindawi)

Open to all University of Southampton corresponding authors submitting original research and review articles.

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

You will automatically be offered the CC BY Creative Commons Attribution licence.

All fully open access journals and hybrid journals offering Online Open

Hybrid journals: articles accepted for publication between 01/01/2024 and 31/12/2025

 

Fully open access journals: articles submitted for publication between 01/01/2024 and 31/12/2025

Wolters Kluwer (Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins)

Open to University of Southampton corresponding authors in hybrid journals (peer-reviewed research articles, including reviews and conference papers). Please use your University of Southampton affiliation and email address during the submission process.

Please select the CC BY Creative Commons attribution licence.

Hybrid journals Articles accepted for publication 01/01/22 - 31/12/24