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Transformative publisher agreements

Transformative agreements are a way for publishers to transition subscription journals to full open access. The open access costs are part of an overall UCL payment for subscriptions and publishing.

Which papers can use UCL's transformative agreements?

UCL's transformative agreements (listed below) cover open access costs for: 

  • research and review papers;
  • with a UCL corresponding author who is a full member of staff or student;
  • in subscription and fully open access journals included in the agreement.

To enable papers funded by the UK Research Councils (UKRI), the Wellcome Trust and other funders to be published open access, UCL authors with relevant funding are encouraged, where appropriate, to act as corresponding author.

These lists are updated frequently as new agreements become available, so is it advisable to check the original rather than saving a copy. If your journal is included, check our publisher page for details of which article types and authors are covered.

How to use UCL's transformative agreements

When you submit, ensure that you are listed, with your UCL affiliation and UCL email address, as the corresponding author. This will enable the publisher to identify your paper as eligible to be published open access under the CC BY licence. Please check our publisher page for specfic instructions. Since some publishers do not allow co-corresponding authors to use their agreement, it is recommended that only one author, affiliated with UCL, acts as corresponding author. Contact UCL's Open Access Team if you have any questions.

Other publication charges

Transformative agreements do not always cover other mandatory publication charges, such as page charges. Authors are advised to ask their journal's editorial office, before submission, whether any non-open access publication charges apply, and, if so, request a waiver. UKRI and Wellcome do not fund page, colour and other non-open access publication charges.

Deposit/prepayment arrangements

Transformative agreements are sometimes confused with prepayment/deposit arrangements, which are are a method of paying for open access at a discount. UCL's normal eligibility criteria for open access funding apply to these arrangements, including with BioMed Central, Elsevier, Frontiers and Taylor & Francis/Routledge.