About the Read and Publish Agreements

The Library has signed up to several transformative agreements to support open access publishing. These Read and Publish Agreements repurpose existing expenditure to include both subscription fees and open access publishing fees.

When publishing in journals covered by these agreements, you may be able to publish directly to open access with no transactional Article Processing Charges (APCs).  Submit your publications as usual, and if the Library has an agreement in place, the publisher will alert you to an open access option on acceptance of the eligible article.  Exclusions and caps apply to some journals..

Quartile 1 (Q1) journals covered by APC waivers

Q1 journals rank among top 25% of journals in the same area of research. This list has been compiled by the Library to assist RMIT authors.

Publishing in a Q1 journal may result in higher impact for your article. Individual researchers are in the best position to make the decision where to publish their content.

Current agreements

The following is a brief outline of each agreement for 2022, which the RMIT community will be eligible to participate in.

This agreement covers fifteen journals and two society journals. Researchers have unlimited open access publishing while still retaining copyright to their works. Authors will receive a PDF of final publication once published. Specific details of this agreement: 

  • Does not include colour pages or reprints 
  • RMIT authors will publish under CC BY as default, unless otherwise requested by the author 
  • No publishing limit, uncapped.

How to access this agreement:

  • Submit articles for publication via ScholarOne
  • Corresponding authors will be identified by the individual institutes Ringgold ID or email domain (e.g. ...@rmit.edu.au, or ...@rmit.edu.vn). This agreement does not cover the affiliated authors.

Before submitting, please read:

 The IGI Global agreement includes a total five waivers from October 2021.

The Cambridge collection comprises of 405 journals, 95% of which are hybrid or gold open access and subject to this agreement. RMIT researchers will have an unlimited capacity to publish across the gold and hybrid journal titles. Article approvals are managed by the Council of Australian University Libraries (CAUL). Cambridge have created a step-by-step guide to publishing open access to assist in this process (contact the Library Collections Unit for access).

  • Publishing will default to creative commons CC-BY, however, authors are able to choose CC-BY-NC, CC-BY-ND licenses for hybrid journals should they prefer
  • Researchers can publish research articles, review articles and rapid communications (RRR), plus brief report and case report article types 
  • Non-eligible articles include: abstracts, addendums, article commentary, book reviews, books received, calendars, collections, commentaries, contents, correction, corrigendum, discussion, editorial, erratum, in brief, introduction, letter, meeting report, news, obituary, oration, product review, reply, retraction
  • No publishing limit, uncapped.

How to access this agreement:

  • Follow CUP’s usual article submission process via the journal’s homepage on Cambridge Core.
  • On acceptance of the article, CUP will ask the corresponding author to complete a form (publishing agreement).
  • The corresponding author selects Gold Open Access and confirms the licence type (i.e. CC-BY).
  • Rightslink works on the publisher's behalf to manage the APCs. When the submitting author is from an eligible CAUL institution, the APC will be automatically waived.

Before submitting, please read:

The Springer transformative agreement will allow researchers to publish in all hybrid Springer, Palgrave, ADIS, AJs journals. The publishing cap is anticipated to be around 3,498 articles shared across all participating universities and will be confirmed once the number of CAUL participating universities is finalised. The total availability pool and approval process will be managed by CAUL on a “first come, first served” basis. The specific agreement entitlements include:

  • Eligible article types: original research articles, review articles and briefs
  • Springer Nature’s fully open access journals and Nature Journals will remain outside the agreement in 2022
  • CC-BY License: Author choice (CC-BY, CC-BY-NC, CC-BY-NC-ND (TBC))
  • Anticipated publishing cap is 3,221 articles shared across all participating universities 
  • Once all available articles are published and the cap is fulfilled, the system reverts to standard publishing processes as per prior to the agreement

How to access this agreement:

  • Use your RMIT affiliation and email (e.g. ...@rmit.edu.au. or ...@rmit.edu.vn), to be accepted as eligible.

Before submitting, please read:

This agreement will allow researchers to publish open access in any Wiley hybrid journal title. Currently, this comprises approximately 1,433 titles. This is a capped agreement allowing for 6,600 accepted articles to be published across the CAUL membership in the first year. If the article entitlement is not reached each year, this allowance is not rolled over into subsequent years. CAUL will manage the pool of articles and the approval process for all participating universities. 

  • Creative Commons licensing will be author's choice of CC-BY, CC-BY-NC-ND or CC-BY-NC
  • Eligible Article Types are primary (including original) research and review articles, case studies, reviews, and short communications
  • Publishing in gold open access journal titles is not included in this agreement.
  • Capped at 6,388 accepted articles across participating CAUL members

How to access this agreement:

  • Use your RMIT affiliation and email (e.g. ...@rmit.edu.au. or ...@rmit.edu.vn), to be accepted as eligible.

Before submitting, please read:

RMIT has signed to the IWA Publishing Subscribe to Open Model. The model allows RMIT authors to publish in any of the 10 Subscribe to Open Journals without incurring APC’s. There is no specific process that RMIT affiliated authors have to follow. Submit your credentials along with the paper in the usual way. Ten journals are covered by this model. 

This agreement covers three hybrid journals. RMIT researchers will have an unlimited capacity to publish across the hybrid journal titles. The specific agreement entitlements include:

  • Eligible article types: original research paper article
  • CC-BY License: Author choice (CC-BY, CC-BY-SA, CC-BY-ND, CC-BY-NC, CC-BY-NC-SA & CC-BY-NC-ND)

How to access this agreement:

  • Use your RMIT affiliation and email (e.g. ...@rmit.edu.au. or ...@rmit.edu.vn), to be accepted as eligible.

Before submitting, please read:

Quartile 1 (Q1) journals covered by APC discount agreements

Q1 journals rank among top 25% of journals in the same area of research. This list has been compiled by the Library to assist RMIT authors. Please check the discount applied for each publisher.

Publishing in a Q1 journal may result in higher impact for your article. Individual researchers are in the best position to make the decision where to publish their content.

The 2022 agreement with Elsevier ScienceDirect includes an opportunity for RMIT authors to publish discounted open access articles. Articles must be published in Elsevier owned and Elsevier published core hybrid journals. Approximately 1,800 Elsevier hybrid journals are included in the discount opportunity. RMIT identified authors will have access to a 12.5% discount on the article publishing charges (“APCs”).

  • 12.5% discount on APC’s associated with Elsevier published core hybrid journals
  • Approval managed by CAUL
  • Approval will be based on the two article submission criteria:  
    • Institution selected 
    • Author email address domain (e.g. ...@rmit.edu.au, or ...@rmit.edu.vn) 
  • Creative commons licensing will be author choice's of CC-BY and CC-BY-NC-ND
  • Eligible Article Types are case reports, data, full length article, microarticle, original software publication, practice guidelines, protocols, review article, replication studies, short communication, short survey, and video article.

For 2022, the ICE Publishing is offering a 15% discount on APCs for all journals. The discount is automatically applied to the APCs upon acceptance of an article where the corresponding author uses their institution’s email domain.

RMIT has reqistered three email domains @rmit.edu.au, @rmit.edu.vn and @student.rmit.edu.au.

For 2022, the RSC is offering a 15% discount on APCs for all journals. The discount is automatically applied to the APCs upon acceptance of an article where the corresponding author uses their institution’s email domain.

RMIT has reqistered three email domains @rmit.edu.au, @rmit.edu.vn and @student.rmit.edu.au.

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