What are Read & Publish agreements?

Available to libraries and library consortia for a single annual fee, our standard Read & Publish agreements offer unlimited “read” access to our three hybrid journals – Development, Journal of Cell Science and Journal of Experimental Biology – plus uncapped fee-free Open Access publishing of research articles.

Libraries can also choose to include our two fully Open Access journals – Disease Models & Mechanisms and Biology Open – in their Read & Publish agreement.

Unlimited access to all current and available archive content dating back to 1853

Free and uncapped publication of Open Access research articles

What are the benefits of Read & Publish agreements?

Our standard Read & Publish agreements offer many benefits to librarieslibrary consortia and researchers and authors:

  • unlimited access to our three hybrid journals – DevelopmentJournal of Cell Science and Journal of Experimental Biology – including the full archive dating back to 1853 (even if your library does not currently subscribe to them all)
  • uncapped fee-free publishing of Open Access research articles for all corresponding authors under CC BY licence terms, with authors retaining copyright in our subscription journals plus our Open Access journals – Disease Models & Mechanisms and Biology Open
  • compliant with funder mandates including Plan S
  • automatic recognition of corresponding authors and straightforward submission process
  • transparent, cost-neutral pricing calculated on the basis of current subscription spend plus the annual average APC spend (if any) over the last three years
  • single fee covers both reading and publishing and multi-year agreements are available
  • switching from a subscription to a Read & Publish agreement is straightforward

We are also piloting variations of our standard Read & Publish model with the Max Planck Digital Library and the University of California.

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