Corresponding authors at institutions that are participating in our Read & Publish Open Access initiative can publish an uncapped number of research articles immediately Open Access without paying an article processing charge (APC) in:
As you will see from the many comments below, we have had wonderful feedback from authors who have benefitted from Read & Publish agreements arranged by their institutional libraries. You can choose to select quotes by journal and/or region and, once you have made your selection, click the blue button to activate the filter.
"As an early-career researcher it’s a joy to see my research paper visible to a wide audience. Securing academic research funding is challenging and so it was great that the Read & Publish agreement between The Company of Biologists and my institution assisted me to publish my work Open Access in Biology Open without any article processing charge. I found the fast-tracked review process extremely helpful and received enormous support from the editorial team. I look forward to submitting my next research article to a journal from The Company of Biologists."
"As an author, the post-acceptance processing of my paper was incredibly easy! The Read & Publish agreement meant that I didn’t personally have to arrange payment for the publication of my research, and everything was dealt with on my behalf by the journal staff and my institution. Open Access publication is a key requirement of my research funder, so knowing that this agreement was in place took a weight off my mind when I was preparing my manuscript for submission."
Professor Francesc Palau Martinez, University of Barcelona, Spain
"We are thrilled to publish APC-free in Biology Open through the Read & Publish agreement with the University of Barcelona. This remarkable agreement facilitates the prompt publication of our research in an Open Access format, thereby amplifying its readership and impact. It is a great way to ensure publicly funded research is available to everyone and authors can make their work reach a broad audience."
"We are delighted with the Read & Publish agreement between University of Cambridge and The Company of Biologists. It was very smooth to publish Open Access in Development and this also helped us meet funder requirements."
Professor Ronen Zaidel-Bar, Tel Aviv University, Israel
"I chose to submit our work to Development because it is the best non-profit journal in the field. Finding out about the Read & Publish agreement between The Company of Biologists and Tel Aviv University was a welcomed surprise because I'm in favour of Open Access, but can't always afford paying for it from my grants. The process was smooth and we are very happy with the outcome, allowing everyone to read our paper immediately"
"I was very pleased to discover that Durham University has a Read & Publish agreement with The Company of Biologists. This led to the seamless Open Access publishing of our article, which is important both for us in terms of getting our article widely available immediately, and for our funders who rightly require Open Access of publicly funded research."
Professor Serge Mostowy, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), UK
"The Company of Biologists is doing great things for science and the community. The Read & Publish agreement with London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine enabled immediate Open Access publishing of our research, maximising readership and impact."
Professor Alfonso Gutiérrez-Adán , INIA-CSIC (Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Tecnología Agraria y Alimentaria), Spain
"It was great to discover that our institution (INIA-CSIC) has a Read & Publish agreement with The Company of Biologists. I was very happy to be able to publish our article in Development with this agreement. The procedure was smooth and efficient, if only all publishers would adopt similar practices."
Professor Nic Demaurex, Université de Genève, Switzerland
"I was very happy to be able to publish our article in the Journal of Cell Science immediately Open Access under the Read & Publish agreement with my institution. The procedure was smooth and efficient, if only all publishers could do the same."
"We didn’t have access to funding to publish our work, so the Read & Publish agreement between our institution and The Company of Biologists was key! We are thrilled that with Open Access, our paper is available to anyone, anywhere in the world."
Professor Jake Baum, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
"It was a huge relief to be able to publish our article Open Access in Disease Models & Mechanisms without charge and I wish all publishing was this straightforward. Institutions need to realise Read & Publish is a win-win situation - researchers are supported to publish in high quality journals that everyone will read, rather than seeking the cheapest and sometimes least reliable option with the work often going unseen."
Assistant Professor Justin Kenney, Wayne State University, USA
"I’m a big fan of the Read & Publish model that The Company of Biologists is pioneering for disseminating academic research. It is a great way to ensure publicly funded research is available to everyone while supporting a wonderful non-profit publisher that is an important partner with the scientific community. We’re so pleased that Wayne State University has this agreement in place so we can put more resources into our research without compromising on Open Access."
Professor Daniela Drummond-Barbosa, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
"It was great to discover that our institution has a Read & Publish agreement with The Company of Biologists, meaning that researchers can publish their articles immediately Open Access without paying an author processing charge (APC). We are thrilled to have our paper freely available to readers anywhere around the globe."
Professor Laura Machesky, University of Cambridge, UK
"I was excited to find that my university has a Read & Publish agreement with The Company of Biologists. This meant that I could immediately publish our study of the role of Collagen-6 in the cancer microenvironment as an Open Access article when it was accepted in Journal of Cell Science. This kind of arrangement means that authors can make their work more accessible to everyone and reach a wide audience."
"Open Access agreements such as Read & Publish are a step towards making scientific knowledge freely accessible to everyone, which is crucial for the advancement of research and understanding. The ability to immediately publish articles Open Access through the Read & Publish agreement between The Company of Biologists and University College London helped me share our findings and contributions with a wider audience, enabling greater collaboration and dissemination of knowledge. I am grateful for this agreement and the smooth publishing experience with Development."
"It is fantastic to have my final chapter of my PhD published in Journal of Experimental Biology. Additionally, this is my second manuscript to be published for no cost with immediate Open Access as a result of the Read & Publish agreement between the University of Akron and The Company of Biologists. The entire publishing process went smoothly, and this article was also chosen to be featured in their 100 years of research ECR spotlight.
As an early career scientist, it can’t be overstated how important it is to publish Open Access to increase the visibility of your work."
Professor Erika Matunis, Johns Hopkins University, USA
"We were surprised and delighted to learn that our most recent Development paper could be published as an immediate Open Access article for free, thanks to a Read & Publish agreement with Johns Hopkins. The publishing experience was great – we’ll be back again. We truly value this 98 year-old non-profit publisher that is run by scientists, for scientists. Thanks to The Company of Biologists!"
"I am really impressed with how streamlined publishing in the Journal of Experimental Biology has been, and I am truly grateful for their Read & Publish agreement with the University of California Libraries that allowed me to publish my thesis research with immediate Open Access so anyone can read it."
Dr Magnus Wahlberg, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
"“We are delighted to publish in Biology Open under the Read & Publish agreement with University of Southern Denmark. This is helping us spreading our research to as many scientists as possible. The review process helped us to sharpen our arguments in the manuscript and improve illustrations. Biology Open is a high quality journal which I can strongly recommend, both for reading and for publishing”"
Dr Aydan Bulut-Karslioglu, Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics, Germany
"We are delighted to publish our paper in Development immediately Open Access under the Read & Publish agreement with the Max Planck Institutes. Such agreements allow immediate dissemination of our science without fees and provide a good publishing model."
Professor Joel Rothman, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
"We are thrilled to publish under the Read & Publish agreement with The Company of Biologists and the University of California, Santa Barbara. This extremely valuable service provides open access to our paper at no cost! This initiative is a crucially important step towards freeing science from the paywall. We hope the other journals will soon follow suit of The Company of Biologists."
Dr Ben C.B. Ko, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
"I am delighted that our Research Article in Journal of Cell Science has become immediately available Open Access under the Read & Publish agreement between The Company of Biologists and The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. There is nothing more important than knowledge and Open Access enables new discoveries to be quickly disseminated to the global research community without barriers. The Company of Biologists was very supportive throughout the publication process."
Professor Michael Schrader, University of Exeter, UK
"Open Access is so important for disseminating scientific research to the global community and overcoming the barriers in knowledge accessibility. Having the Read & Publish agreement in place between The Company of Biologists and the University of Exeter really streamlined and simplified the publication process for us and meant our cutting-edge research could rapidly be shared with the world."
"Knowledge should be available to everyone. Therefore, I am delighted that our article is immediately available as Open Access without a publishing fee thanks to the Read & Publish agreement between the University of Edinburgh and The Company of Biologists.
We had a great experience with Biology Open and it will definitely be among our top choices for future articles."
"Our paper in Journal of Cell Science presents new open source software which we hope will be of use to a wide range of researchers. The software is freely available, so it was appropriate that the paper describing it was also freely available. The Read & Publish agreement that The Company of Biologists has with the Francis Crick Institute made this possible and streamlined the publication process. Hopefully such agreements will become standard in scientific publishing as anything that facilitates Open Access publishing and helps to disseminate research published in top journals is to be welcomed."
Professor Christine Watson, University of Cambridge, UK
"I am delighted that our Research Article in Development has been published immediately Open Access under the Read & Publish agreement between The Company of Biologists and the University of Cambridge. We are excited about our work and it’s great that we can share it so readily with the global research community. I have always found the experience of publishing In Development to be a straightforward and rewarding experience and like that the entire peer review process is transparent and available to readers of our manuscript."
Dr Katharine Irvine, The University of Queensland, Australia
"The Read & Publish agreement initiative is a great advance enabling open access to research. The agreement between The Company of Biologists and The University of Queensland made it simple to publish Open Access quickly and fee-free; a great incentive to publish in their suite of journals"
Dr Vlad Demartsev, Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior, Germany
"The Read & Publish agreement between The Company of Biologists and Max Planck Digital Library allows quick and easy Open Access publishing – no hoops to jump through, literally just a few clicks. With Open Access becoming a frequent and justified requirement by funders and academic institutions, such a hassle-free process is yet another incentive for submitting work to JEB."
"We were delighted that our paper was accepted in Development and doubly delighted that, thanks to the Read & Publish agreement between The Company of Biologists and The University of Edinburgh, we could publish it immediately Open Access with no extra cost. It is wonderful that our research output is more accessible, thus engaging a wider range of readers. We look forward to submitting forthcoming papers under the Read & Publish agreement too!"
Professor Anna Akhmanova, Utrecht University, Netherlands
"With no article processing fees to deal with, I have never experienced such an easy and hassle-free way of publishing my article Open Access as with the Read & Publish agreement between The Company of Biologists and our University. I think that this is a great model of organising Open Access publishing, which, together with the pre-printing of research articles, truly improves the climate of scientific publishing worldwide!"
Dr Thomas Tischer, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB), UK
"Our institution and funders require Open Access publishing and we believe that scientific knowledge should be open and accessible. After spending so much time on our work, we were pleasantly surprised to discover that the Read & Publish agreement between the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology and The Company of Biologists allows us to immediately make our article free to everyone without any additional article processing charges. This made the final step of our journey hassle-free and it was really quick getting it published."
"I was thrilled to see that Journal of Cell Science was part of a Read & Publish agreement with the University of Liverpool. It makes the publishing process fast and free of charge for authors. For scientists with limited funding such as early-career researchers, this allows the best research to be published in the best journals without having to think about the financial implications. I wish all publishers would follow the steps of The Company of Biologists."
"After all the time spent on revisions, formatting, and doing careful last-minute checks on your manuscript, the last thing you want is to struggle with Open Access compliance and organising payment of page charges! The Read & Publish agreement between my institution and The Company of Biologists meant getting our accepted manuscript out there for all to see was only a click away. Simple and efficient!"
"I was pleasantly surprised to hear that The Company of Biologists has a Read & Publish agreement with The University of Edinburgh (amongst other institutes). The initiative allows for immediate Open Access publication without charge in Development, which is especially important for early career researchers!
With the scientific landscape moving further into Open Research, The Company of Biologists is setting a commendable example."
"If possible scientific knowledge should be open to everyone. It is great that I could publish my work immediately Open Access as part of the Read & Publish agreement between the University of Cambridge and The Company of Biologists."
"I was very happy to find out my University has a Read & Publish agreement with The Company of Biologists. By facilitating Open Access publishing for free this initiative helps to overcome scientific barriers not only in terms of publishing, but also regarding accessibility of recent scientific work."
Acaimo Gonzalez-Reyes, Centro Andaluz de Biología del Desarrollo, CSIC, Spain
"We were very pleased to have our paper published Open Access for free in Development, thanks to the Read & Publish deal between the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and The Company of Biologists. Our work ought to reach a wider audience and contribute to making science globally accessible."
Dr Joachim Goedhart, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
"We chose to submit our work to Journal of Cell Science because of the high quality papers and because their audience seems ideal for our manuscript. We were pleasantly surprised that the charges for Open Access publishing were covered by the Read & Publish agreement between the University of Amsterdam and The Company of Biologists. This is yet another reason to submit our work to Journal of Cell Science in the future!"
Professor David Stephens, University of Bristol, UK
"We always seek to make our research available Open Access and the new Read & Publish agreement has hugely simplified that process for us as authors and also, I hope, for our Open Access Team. This also equalises opportunity for OA publishing for everyone across the University regardless of career stage and funding. It is also great to know this applies to all The Company of Biologists’ subscription journals."
"It was wonderful to discover that we could publish our paper Open Access for free in Development, thanks to the Read & Publish agreement my university has with The Company of Biologists. It’s great to know that our research is immediately accessible to everyone worldwide who wishes to access it."
Dr Èlia Benito-Gutiérrez, University of Cambridge, UK
"Knowledge should have no limits so, not only were we absolutely delighted to publish our article in Development, it was great to be able to publish it immediately Open Access without charge thanks to the University of Cambridge’s Read & Publish agreement with The Company of Biologists."
Dr Qiaohui Hu, The University of Adelaide, Australia
"Thanks to the Read & Publish Open Access Initiative, we had the opportunity to publish our work Open Access without worrying about the Open Access fee. We really appreciate it as it makes our research findings available to the public, and we can easily share our work with any interested parties."
"I’m very glad that we had the opportunity to publish this paper Open Access without charge thanks to the Read & Publish agreement my university has with The Company of Biologists. I believe science cannot be hiding behind a paywall and restricted to a selected few but should be reachable by anyone, anywhere."
Dr Michalis Barkoulas, Imperial College London, UK
"I was very happy to see that my university participates in the Read & Publish initiative, which facilitates publishing Open Access for free in some of my favourite journals including Development. This was particularly important for my lab in this instance because our relevant funding had just come to an end.
I wish The Company of Biologists good luck in this journey that promises to help our community overcome publishing and accessibility barriers."
Natalie van Dis, University of Groningen, Netherlands
"Happy that my first contribution to the field could be published Open Access thanks to the Read & Publish agreement. It really takes away the barriers on both sides: now anyone that wishes to read our work can do so freely, and we were able to publish our article OA despite not having publishing fees accounted for in our budget. Great initiative! Sets the stage for hopefully publishing the rest of my PhD Open Access too."
"When developing a tool, you don’t want it to sit on the proverbial shelf gathering dust, but you want people to use it. The free Open Access option is great because it maximises the number of people who will see your work, and then hopefully use it to make their own discoveries."
"The Read & Publish Open Access Initiative is just one of the many ways in which The Company of Biologists demonstrates their commitment to supporting the research community. Open Access fees represent a significant barrier to disseminating research, and I was delighted to find out that they are waived for authors from participating institutions when publishing in Development. Another reason to publish in this excellent journal!"
"It means a lot to be published and have my research showcased in Journal of Experimental Biology (JEB). The Read & Publish agreement the University of Akron has with The Company of Biologists means that we can publish research articles Open Access without charge. This removes one of the major stressors of publishing from students and faculty in addition to getting our study accessed by other researchers quickly."
Professor Jacquetta Trasler, McGill University, Canada
"What a wonderful surprise it was to find out about the Read & Publish Open Access agreement between The Company of Biologists and McGill University which facilitates immediate access to our research to all readers without charge! This is fabulous: for science, for our trainees whose careers benefit from having their research seen quickly and widely, and for our hard-earned publicly funded research grants that can advance science further as a result. I love this initiative and I’ll be spreading the word at McGill and encouraging my trainees and colleagues to submit more papers to The Company of Biologists’ journals."
Professor Ian Collinson, University of Bristol, UK
"The cost of publishing Open Access can be a barrier to the broad dissemination of research, but low and behold this time it was free! Seemed too good to be true – had I pressed the wrong button? It seems I did not as my university has a Read & Publish agreement with The Company of Biologists. Free publishing and Open Access; we’ll be sending in more papers soon hopefully!"
Assistant Professor Atsuo Iida, Nagoya University, Japan
"Article Processing Charges can sometimes be a financial burden on the author and can impede the accessibility of research results. The Read & Publish Open Access initiative eliminates these issues and makes it easier for researchers to make their findings available to the public. The high transparency publication of research results will greatly contribute to discussions for solving the next issue. I think that the Read & Publish program is great and it will be a great motivation for submitting my future research to related journals published by The Company of Biologists."
Assistant Professor Li-En Jao, UC Davis School of Medicine, USA
"The Open Access agreement between The Company of Biologists and University of California allowed our research to be published for free and accessed by everyone immediately. Without this agreement, we would not have been able to afford publishing this work as Open Access. I hope that more publishers and institutions can follow such a model to really transform OA publishing."
"Always happy to publish in Development, even happier to publish Open Access without a charge! Happy to see that our favourite journal can support Open Access while also helping The Company of Biologists continue to support our community."
Merijn Driessen, University of Groningen, Netherlands
"I think the Read & Publish agreement is a great and important step towards making research more open and available to everyone, which is something I think is vital. For many early-career scientists like myself, the funding to publish Open Access is not always there. Being given the opportunity to do so, whilst publishing in journals that are well renowned in the field, will make sure that work such as ours is immediately available to all interested parties."
Associate Professor Allen Ehrlicher, McGill University, Canada
"Open Access is how science is meant to be, however, the cost of Open Access publication can be a barrier to disseminating our work; being able to share our work in an open way free of charge helps ensure that we reach a broader audience."
"As a Research Fellow with limited resources, I am very pleased to be able to publish our article Open Access thanks to the Read & Publish agreement between The Company of Biologists and The University of Bristol. Many thanks are also due to the David and Lucile Packard Foundation who support the submersibles operated by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. The Open Access publishing process itself was painless and completed in a matter of minutes. All four authors are delighted that everyone may access our article immediately, rather than it being behind a paywall. It’s a great system."
Professor Anders Hedenström, Lund University, Sweden
"I think that publicly funded research should be freely available. To have our paper published Open Access free of charge, thanks to the Read & Publish initiative, was simply awesome, and it only took a few clicks to arrange."
Professor Smadar Ben Tabou de Leon, University of Haifa, Israel
"After years of hard work, we were all excited when our paper was accepted for publication in Development. Naturally, we wanted our work to be accessible for everyone that is interested in reading it, but the cost of Open Access is usually a limiting factor. We were therefore delighted to hear that our institute, the University of Haifa, has a Read & Publish agreement with The Company of Biologists. This agreement allows us to publish Open Access, free of charge! This is a win-win for all – the people that did the work and want it to be read as broadly as possible, and the readers that want to have access to new research, when it is fresh out of the oven."
"My co-authors and I are very grateful to publish our paper Open Access in Journal of Experimental Biology without charge as part of my institution’s Read & Publish agreement with The Company of Biologists. We are happy to know that individuals who may not have the privilege of having access to the journal via their institution will nonetheless have access to our publication free of charge."
Professor Benny Geiger, The Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
"It is my sincere view that open scientific communication within the research community is based on Open Access publication, and I am delighted that The Company of Biologists and the Weizmann Institute of Science found a way to support this mode of publication of our article through a Read & Publish agreement."
"When UCL announced the transformative agreement with many publishers and the Read & Publish Open Access initiative by The Company of Biologists, I couldn’t have been any happier, in particular since Journal of Cell Science and Development are two go-to journals in our area of vascular cell biology and cell signaling. Undoubtedly, it is these kind of initiatives that are needed to use public research funds money wisely and truly make science accessible and more impactful for all. With this kind of publication policy The Company of Biologists will always remain at the top of the pile for us."
"It is important to me that publicly funded research like our own is available for the public to read, and Open Access agreements are a really great tool to help achieve this. It also makes it much easier for me to share our work with collaborators and other interested parties, which I’m sure helps with the overall dissemination of our research."
Dr Elizabeth Clutton, University of Portsmouth, UK
"We were delighted to be able to publish our article Open Access free of charge in Journal of Experimental Biology and we feel very privileged to have this opportunity. As early career researchers completing research that was not funded using a massive grant, we had no funds available to cover publication fees. This is a factor that can limit many researchers, so being able to publish Open Access for free was a lifeline for me and my co-authors."
Professor Geraldine Wright, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, UK
"Journal of Experimental Biology is one of my favourite journals and I was very pleased that we could publish our article Open Access without charge as a result of the R&P agreement. OA makes our research available to everyone immediately and increases the impact of our work. When you consider how much of our time and public money goes into the production of a scientific article, anything that improves its overall impact and availability amplifies its value."
"My university’s Read & Publish agreement with The Company of Biologists has allowed me to publish the research from my PhD in Journal of Experimental Biology without having to worry about finding funding for Open Access charges. My work is available instantly for free and can be read by JEB’s wide readership of scientists from different backgrounds."
"The Read & Publish agreement between The Company of Biologists and The University of York is a fantastic step forward in reducing barriers to publishing – and accessing – research articles. Alongside pre-printing for early documentation of work, such mechanisms are particularly helpful for early career researchers like me. The first paper from my lab, recently accepted by Journal of Cell Science, was made available Open Access without charge through this agreement and all other aspects of the editorial process were equally simple!"
Professor Fernando Montealegre-Z, University of Lincoln, UK
"Being able to publish Open Access for free in the Journal of Experimental Biology has helped us expand the readership of our research, in a very fast and convenient way. It is particularly encouraging for early career researchers at institutions with Read & Publish agreements for the journal, as it allows them to display their research globally without the need to find costs to cover the Open Access option."
"The Read & Publish agreement is great for us at The Crick. As a corresponding author, I can publish as many papers as I like in The Company of Biologists’ journals, such as Development, without paying an Open Access charge. It also means that as a reader I have access to all The Company of Biologists’ content, dating back to the early 20th century and beyond."
"Publishing in the Journal of Experimental Biology helps to ensure that my paper reaches colleagues in my field. Publishing my paper Open Access ensures that it will also be accessible immediately to everyone else – and it was great to be able to do so for free as my institution has a Read & Publish agreement with The Company of Biologists."
"I was very pleased to publish Open Access in Journal of Cell Science with no fees nor time-consuming admin processes. The clear advantages are rapid and efficient exposure and easy access to my article around the world. I believe it is great to have this publishing option in fast-growing fields in biomedical research."
Professor Talila Volk, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
"I was delighted to have our paper published Open Access for free in Development. This is due to a special Read & Publish deal between my research institute – the Weizmann Institute of Science – and The Company of Biologists. Publishing Open Access exposes my article to a wide variety of readers who do not have access to the journal."
Professor Sally Lowell, The University of Edinburgh, UK
"I was delighted to have our paper accepted for publication in Development but the cherry on the cake was learning that our paper would be published Open Access for zero pounds and zero pence without me having to do anything.
I’d heard of Read & Publish deals and knew that many universities, including mine, had signed up to them but I had not previously understood the benefits that these deals bring to authors who work at those universities."
Professor Roi Holzman, Tel Aviv University, Israel
"Being able to publish Open Access articles free of charge means that my article gets maximum exposure and has maximum impact, and that all my peers can read it regardless of the agreements that their universities have with publishers. Besides the better exposure, it allows me divert more resources to research, so the benefit is doubled."
Professor Shankar Srinivas, University of Oxford, UK
"It’s wonderful to be able to publish in a journal like Development for ‘free’. The best part for me was how painless the digital paperwork was – the web form is brief and takes very little time to fill out."
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