Read & Publish and transformative Open Access agreements with library consortia
Read & Publish and agreements are available to library consortia worldwide. We are also pleased to collaborate with consortia to pilot other transformative Open Access models.
What do our Read & Publish agreements offer? How is pricing calculated?
Our standard Read & Publish agreements offer:
- Uncapped, immediate and fee-free Open Access publishing of research articles for corresponding authors in our subscription journals: Development, Journal of Cell Science and Journal of Experimental Biology
- Unlimited access to the journals and their full archives dating back to 1853
Pricing for standard Read & Publish agreements is calculated on the basis of the number of institutions within the consortium that wish to participate and their historic publishing and subscription spend.
We are also happy to discuss alternative Open Access models with library consortia.
Ivy Anderson, Associate Executive Director of University of California’s California Digital Library:
UC couldn’t be more delighted to partner with The Company of Biologists on an Open Access agreement. As a leading scientist-led non-profit publisher of high-quality journals that shares our mission of transitioning the research literature to Open Access, The Company of Biologists is an important and valued outlet for UC authors. We appreciate their willingness to instantiate UC’s shared funding model and are pleased to partner with them on their first large-scale Open Access agreement in the United States.
Ralf Schimmer, Head of Information Provision, Max Planck Digital Library:
We are very pleased to implement this new agreement with The Company of Biologists, and salute their willingness to test new economic models that are repurposing previous subscription fees to facilitate a sustainable and cost-neutral transition of their journals to an Open Access publishing model.This agreement marks a further, significant step in the Max Planck Society’s strategy to enable open dissemination of research, in line with the principles of the OA2020 Initiative and the Berlin Declaration on Open Access.
Kathryn Spiller, formerly Licensing Manager, Jisc, UK:
The Company of Biologists is one of a small group of not-for-profit publishers who are working hard to push the Open Access agenda forward. Their new Read & Publish open access initiative is an important step in their OA journey, and we were delighted to be the first national library consortium to negotiate an agreement.
The Jisc agreement also enables institutions that have not previously subscribed to any of The Company of Biologists’ journals to benefit from an exceptionally cost-effective rate for read and publish access for their researchers.
We are very pleased with the take-up of the agreement so far, and look forward to working with The Company of Biologists to increase participation even further.
Jack Hyland, IReL Manager, Ireland:
IReL is delighted to sign an agreement with The Company of Biologists. It provides our corresponding authors with immediate Open Access publishing without them needing to pay article processing charges. The agreement also enables students and researchers to have access to additional journals previously unavailable to them.
Find out more about our Read & Publish agreement with IReL and hear IReL Officer Aaron Binchy talk about the agreement in this short video.
Dr. Sigal Lahav Scher, Director, MALMAD, Israel:
We are excited to reach our first Read and Publish agreement with The Company of Biologists, offering an affordable framework for Israel’s universities. This is a significant step in our efforts to accelerate full and immediate open access through transformative agreements as cost effectively as possible.