Read & Publish agreements – an overview for librarians
How easy is it for libraries to switch from a subscription to a Read & Publish agreement? What are the benefits? Learn more from Richard Grove (Commercial Manager at The Company of Biologists) and Claire Moulton (Publisher at The Company of Biologists).
Please note that, from 2022, it is possible for libraries to include our fully Open Access journals (Disease Models & Mechanisms and Biology Open) in Read & Publish agreements, in addition to our subscription journals (Development, Journal of Cell Science and Journal of Experimental Biology).
Claire Moulton: The Read & Publish agreements from The Company of Biologists have been gaining a lot of attention.
Claire Moulton: I'm hear to tell you a little bit more about it and also to speak with our Commercial Manager, Richard Grove.
Claire Moulton: The Read & Publish agreements are available to single libraries and also to consortia.
Claire Moulton: They essentially have two components, the 'read' and the 'publish' components.
Claire Moulton: In terms of the read component, the library and the institution get full access to our content including archive content, in a similar way to their subscription.
Claire Moulton: In the publish component, it's a benefit for the authors at the institution who are able to publish an unlimited number of articles Open Access without having to pay an additional Open Access fee.
Claire Moulton: We know that some commercial publishers have limited the number of Open Access articles that authors can publish in this way but we decided to go for unlimited numbers to be more generous on this arrangement.
Claire Moulton: So obviously, this is a good deal for librarians.
Claire Moulton: So Richard, how easy is it for a librarian to transfer from having a subscription to having a Read & Publish arrangement?
Richard Grove: It is very, very simple.
Richard Grove: It is literally just the signature on either an addendum or a new licence.
Richard Grove: Even if the librarian has already paid via an agent, or they pay directly or the payment is in the pipeline we can still reallocate that payment to Read & Publish from their standard subscription.
Claire Moulton: We know that there are benefits to authors of publishing Open Access.
Claire Moulton: We know that their articles are more widely read and dissemintated.
Claire Moulton: Are their some additional benefits for the librarians?
Richard Grove: Absolutely, there are additional benefits for the librarians the libraries and the researchers.
Richard Grove: For example, if you took one of our subscribers who only took one of our journals on subscription they will automatically get access to our other two hybrid journals.
Richard Grove: And again, that's all content, full access, full archive.
Claire Moulton: We hope that as a not-for-profit publisher librarians will be less sceptical about a Read & Publish arrangement with us.
Claire Moulton: What sort of feedback have you had from the librarians?
Richard Grove: We've had amazing feedback, actually.
Richard Grove: As you say the librarians are quite sceptical of the large commercial publishers and they're looking for the small print.
Richard Grove: But with us, there is absolutely no catch.
Richard Grove: It is just a fantastic value for money offer.
Richard Grove: I had one librarian a few weeks ago, who commented "this is too good to be true".
Claire Moulton: But it isn't too good to be true because it's actually real.
Richard Grove: It is absolutely real.
Richard Grove: And that librarian managed to triple their content in that subject area.
Claire Moulton: That's really fantastic news.
Claire Moulton: So thank you - this is obviously a really good arrangement for librarians.
Claire Moulton: In terms of the journals, it also helps us on our path toward full Open Access.
Claire Moulton: We encourage librarians to get in touch with us and we look forward to a bright and open future.
Claire Moulton: Thank you very much, Richard.
Richard Grove: Thank you.