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What do our Read & Publish agreements offer? How is pricing calculated?

Pricing for Read & Publish agreements is calculated on the basis of current subscription spend plus the annual average APC spend (if any) over the last three years.

Read & Publish agreements offer the following benefits (even if your library does not currently subscribe to all the journals):

Library toolkit

An expanding range of resources – including posters, social media graphics and website banners – is available to help librarians at participating institutions inform researchers about the ways in which Read & Publish agreements will benefit them.

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What do librarians say?

Judith Russell (Dean of University Libraries at the University of Florida) draws on her experience with The Company of Biologists in an ER&L 2021 session on implementing Read & Publish agreements – find out more and watch the recording.

Kyle Brady, Scholarly Communications Manager, Digital Research, Research and Innovation Services, University of St Andrews, UK:

By signing up to The Company of Biologists’ Read and Publish deal we are now able to increase the quantity of OA articles authored by our researchers in the biological sciences, and at the same time reduce the admin burden by simplifying the OA ordering process.

Rachelle M. McLain, Collection Development Librarian, Montana State University, USA:

MSU Library’s Read & Publish agreement with The Company of Biologists will further advance open access research and scholarship at MSU. This is important because it means the work of MSU-affiliated authors who are publishing in their journals will be available to a larger audience because it is not behind the barrier of an online paywall.

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Further information about our Read & Publish initiative?

Please contact us at subscriptions@biologists.com

Read & Publish – participating institutions and library consortia

Video: Implementing Read & Publish agreements

ER&L 2021 session recording featuring Judith Russell (Dean of University Libraries, University of Florida) talking about their Read & Publish agreement with The Company of Biologists

Read & Publish – frequently asked questions

Read & Publish for researchers

Learn how Read & Publish agreements benefit researchers. View our step-by-step guide to publishing Read & Publish Open Access research articles.


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