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March 11, 2022

New Read and Publish agreements to boost the reach of Deakin research without a paywall

Deakin Library is participating in a number of new transformative journal subscription agreements negotiated by the Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) which will significantly increase the amount of open access publishing in Australia in 2022. Under these new agreements, approximately 12,000 journal articles will be eligible to be published open access that otherwise would have been sitting behind a paywall.

These ‘Read and Publish’ agreements – with publishers including Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, Springer Nature, Wiley, CSIRO and more – are part of the Library community’s effort to increase the amount of Australian research available to the world.

Deakin’s University Librarian, Hero Macdonald notes, ‘These new agreements are a significant step-change Australia’s move towards a more openly scholarly future, and will deliver important benefits to Deakin and Deakin researchers in terms of accelerating ideas to impact through open access. We know that open access articles are used and cited more internationally, so increasing the proportion of Deakin’s open access research will ensure our research has maximum impact globally and contribute to a more equitable and just scholarly eco-system.’

What are Read and Publish agreements?

Currently, most articles published in major journals are behind a paywall and accessible only to institutions who subscribe. In some hybrid or fully open access journals, authors can pay an article processing charge (APC) to have their article made available openly from the time of publication.

Read and Publish agreements represent a transition away from traditional ‘pay to read’ subscriptions (where articles sit behind a paywall) to ‘pay to publish’ models that enable articles to be published open access at the time of publication. Read and Publish agreements cover both read-access and open access publishing in a single subscription agreement.

They are part of a global shift towards open access models.

Deakin agreements with specific publishers

Deakin currently has signed up for agreements with the following publishers:

You can read more about the details of each agreement, including title lists, on the CAUL website.

How will these Read and Publish agreements benefit me?

For authors, these Read and Publish agreements provide an option to publish your research and findings openly at no additional cost to you or the institution. This may lead to higher citations, greater influence and assist with grant compliance.

What do I need to do?

You don’t need to change where you publish – after submitting your work to your usual journal of choice, you’ll be notified if your paper is eligible to publish as open access under the agreements. You can read CAUL’s ‘What you need to know’ for more information.

Want to know more about Read and Publish Agreements and Open Access? Read our Open Access Resource Guide.

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