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

Our standard Read & Publish agreements offer:

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.

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What do library consortia say?

We have had great feedback from library consortia (see below) and also from librarians at participating institutions.

Ádám Dér, Max Planck Digital Library (MPDL), Germany

"We at the MPDL are delighted to extend our collaboration with The Company of Biologists, which means we can continue to offer our researchers the possibility to publish open access in all the publisher’s journals as well as access to all previously published content. Providing these opportunities to our authors is at the heart of our overall strategy in the world of scholarly publishing, in line with the Max Planck Society’s vision of openness, which in turn reflects the principles of the OA2020 Initiative and the Berlin Declaration on Open Access."

Find out more about our Read & Publish agreement with The Max Planck Digital Library (MPDL)


Agnès Ponsati, Spanish National Research Council, Spain

"In 2021, CSIC signed a transformative agreement with The Company of Biologists that supported the publisher’s transition to Read & Publish models. URICI, in its strategy of promoting open access to research outputs, has followed the path of collaborating in this transition with both large publishers and smaller ones, such as The Company of Biologists. In the renewal of this agreement for 2024, the step is taken to also incorporate two fully Open Access journals, since they have been shown to be of great interest among the CSIC’s biology community."

Find out more about our Read & Publish agreement with CSIC


Petra Labriga, Head of Strategic Licensing, ZB Med – Information Centre for Life Sciences, Germany

"In our role as the German Information Center for Life Sciences, ZB Med is strongly invested in helping German life scientists publish their work Open Access in an affordable yet highly professional environment. Focusing on Open Access and transformative agreements for German Life Sciences, we invite all interested German academic and research institutions and hospitals to join this consortium agreement with The Company of Biologists to take advantage of this non-APC based, uncapped author publishing opportunity."

Find out more about our Read & Publish agreement with ZB Med - Information Centre for Life Sciences


Lorraine Estelle, Licensing Programme Manager, EIFL, Lithuania

"We are glad that corresponding authors from EIFL partner countries will be able to publish Open Access in all The Company of Biologists’ journals. We value the partnership with the Company and welcome the extension of the agreement for three more years for free access and publishing for 30 EIFL partner countries."

Find out more about our Read & Publish agreement with EIFL


Flora Ng, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

"As stated in the JULAC’s Position Statement on Open Scholarship, JULAC is committed to enabling Open Access (OA) to research publications. This agreement with The Company of Biologists is an example of the tangible support that libraries can provide to their institution’s researchers in making their work Open Access."

Find out more about our Read & Publish agreement with the JULAC Consortium


Dr P Visakhi, Dr Umeshareddy Kacherki and Mr K Murugaraj, IISER, India

"We are delighted with the new Read & Publish agreement between The Company of Biologists and the IISER Library Consortium. Researchers at participating institutions will benefit from the ability to publish an unlimited number of Open Access articles in all five journals. This mutually agreed arrangement is expected to yield excellent results within the Open Science landscape."

Find out more about our Read & Publish agreement with the IISER Consortium


Jack Hyland, IReL, Ireland

"The Company of Biologists was one of the first publishers IReL signed a Read & Publish agreement with. We have been impressed with how they have been a leading example of a small, not-for-profit publisher offering their Read & Publish to libraries and consortia globally, and how they have been active in sharing emerging best practice in OA publishing with the scholarly communications community"

Find out more about our Read & Publish agreement with IReL


Dr. Sigal Lahav Scher, MALMAD, Israel

"The Company of Biologists was one of the first publishers MALMAD signed a Read & Publish agreement with. We are now very pleased to renew the agreement, covering the costs for researchers at seven institutions in Israel to publish an unlimited number of Open Access articles in all three of The Company’s hybrid journals, whilst also giving them reading access. Our continued cooperation is an important step in the transition to Open Access."

Find out more about our Read & Publish agreement with MALMAD


Anna Lundén, National Library of Sweden, Sweden

"We are very pleased with the new Read & Publish agreement between The Company of Biologists and the Bibsam Consortium, covering costs for Swedish researchers at participating institutions to publish an unlimited number of Open Access articles in all five of The Company of Biologists’ journals, whilst also giving them read access. To sign transformative agreements with small not-for-profit publishers is an important step in line with our action plan to advance Open Science."

Find out more about our Read & Publish agreement with the Bibsam Consortium


Angus Cook, Content Procurement at the Council of Australian LIbrarians (CAUL), Australia

"Having a Read & Publish agreement with The Company of Biologists, commencing in 2022, is an important continuation of CAUL’s progression to providing broader Open Access arrangements via consortium agreements. The agreement is useful not only for the access it gives to content across the biological sciences used by CAUL members, but also the ability to publish OA in these subject areas which will be highly valued for locally produced research. Agreements with organisations such as The Company of Biologists also confirm CAUL’s commitment to work with publishers of all sizes."

Find out more about our Read & Publish agreement with CAUL


Anna Vernon, Jisc, UK

"We’re delighted to offer this agreement. Not only does this transitional agreement support the UK in the transition to Open Access it will help provide the latest biological research for use and reuse at no charge by early-career biologists and cutting-edge researchers alike. This builds on the sector’s success in making over 50% of UK research Open Access and will amplify the impact and reach of research."

Find out more about our Read & Publish agreement with Jisc


Agnès Ponsati, URICI, Spain

"As the largest public institution dedicated to research in Spain and the third largest in Europe, the Spanish National Research Council is firmly committed to driving Open Science by promoting open access to CSIC’s research results. The Read & Publish agreement with The Company of Biologists is a new step forward in our strategy of promoting Open Access as a key pillar for open science at CSIC. We are pleased because it is a real cost-neutral agreement, thus fulfilling one of the basic principles of so-called transformative agreements. The agreement adds to the more than 25 open access agreements that CSIC has signed with a wide range of scientific publishers as part of its Open Access Publishing Support Program, with the aim of fostering a diverse and plural Open Access publishing ecosystem."

Find out more about our agreement with the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)


Ivy Anderson, University of California’s California Digital Library, USA

"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"

Find out more about our agreement with the University of California


Ralf Schimmer, Max Planck Digital Library, Germany

"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."

Find out more about our Read & Publish agreement with the Max Planck Digital Library


Jack Hyland, IReL, 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, 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."

Find out more about our Read & Publish agreement with MALMAD


Romy Beard, EIFL, Lithuania

"This agreement is an important step towards making the transition to Open Access more equitable. We are pleased to partner with The Company of Biologists to allow free Open Access publishing in their three hybrid journals. We are also pleased that The Company of Biologists is able to provide automatic recognition of authors, eliminating the need for authors to actively claim an APC waiver."

Find out more about our agreement with EIFL


Any questions about our Read & Publish initiative?

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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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