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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.

* Papers whose corresponding author is an honorary or visiting member of staff cannot generally be covered. This is because of restrictions in the agreements.

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.

Journals in UCL's transformative agreements by subject

 

See the list below for transformative agreements by publisher. Several agreements for 2021 are still in negotiation: we expect to make announcements about them in February.

How to use UCL's transformative agreements

When you submit, ensure that you are listed, with your UCL affiliation and UCL e-mail 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 the publisher list below for specfic instructions. Contact UCL's Open Access Team if you have any questions.

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. UCL has an agreement with the American Chemical Society that includes a limited number of credits for papers funded by a UCL-held grant from one of the UK Research Councils.

Transformative journals

Transformative journals are subscription journals that meet specific criteria showing their commitment to becoming fully open access. Transformative journals not in UCL's transformative agreements include Cambridge University Press, Nature Research and some Elsevier journals (including Cell Press).

Open access funding for transformative journals

If a transformative journal is not also in UCL's transformative agreements:

  1. Funding is available from UCL's Wellcome Trust open access grant, provided other Wellcome Trust eligibility criteria are met. 
  2. Other cOAlition S funders acknowledged in the paper, including the Gates foundation, may fund open access.
  3. For other papers, UCL's normal eligibility criteria for funding apply, including for UK Research Council open access funds.

Transformative agreements by publisher

American Physiological Society

Coverage: All articles in all 12 subscription journals. See UCL's list of journals in transformative agreements.

How to use the agreement: Use your UCL affiliation and e-mail address when you submit. This allows the publisher to identify your paper as eligible for the agreement.

Licence: CC BY (default).

Other information: 

  • UCL corresponding authors will be offered a free one-year membership of the Society. 
  • All publication fees are included in the agreement.
  • Publisher webpage for the agreement.
  • American Physiological Society is a non-profit, society publisher.
Bioscientifica

Coverage: All articles in all 5 subscription journals: Journal of Endocrinology, Journal of Molecular Endocrinology, Endocrine-Related Cancer, European Journal of Endocrinology, Reproduction. See UCL's list of journals in transformative agreements.

How to use the agreement: Use your UCL affiliation and e-mail address when you submit. This allows the publisher to identify your paper as eligible for the agreement.

Licence: CC BY (default).

Other information: Bioscientifica is a non-profit, society publisher. It publishes on behalf of the Society for Endocrinology, European Society of Endocrinology and Society for Reproduction and Fertility.

Brill

Coverage: Articles in all journals, including subscription and fully open access titles. See UCL's list of journals in transformative agreements.

How to use the agreement: When you submit:

  1. indiate that you would like to use the agreement;
  2. give your UCL email address; and
  3. in the institutional affiliation section, use the AutoCorrect functionality to match your affiliation to the entry for UCL.

Licence: CC BY (default).

Other information: Publisher webpage for the agreement.

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press

Coverage: Research articles in four subscription research journals: Genes & Development, Genome Research, RNA and Learning & Memory. See UCL's list of journals in transformative agreements.

How to use the agreement: Use your UCL affiliation and e-mail address when you submit. This allows the publisher to identify your paper as eligible for the agreement.

Licence: CC BY (default).

Company of Biologists

Coverage: All articles in all 3 subscription journals: Development, Journal of Cell Science and Journal of Experimental Biology. See UCL's list of journals in transformative agreements.

How to use the agreement: Use your UCL affiliation and e-mail address when you submit. This allows the publisher to identify your paper as eligible for the agreement.

Licence: CC BY.

Other information:

  • Publisher webpage for the agreement.
  • Company of Biologists is a non-profit, society publisher.
de Gruyter

Coverage: Articles in all subscription journals (the Complete package). See UCL's list of journals in transformative agreements.

How to use the agreement: Use your UCL affiliation and e-mail address when you submit. This allows the publisher to identify your paper as eligible for the agreement.

Licence: CC BY (default).

    Electrochemical Society

    Coverage: All articles in ECS's two journals, Journal of the Electrochemical Society and ECS Journal of Solid State Science and Technology (both subscription journals). See UCL's list of journals in transformative agreements.

    How to use the agreement: In step 6 of the submission process, Open Access Waivers, Charges and Credits:

    1. Select ‘Yes’ when you are asked "Do you wish to publish your paper as open access?"
    2. Select 'ECS Plus' to confirm that you belong to an ECS Plus subscribing institution, and enter University College London in the supporting information box.

    Licence: CC BY or CC BY-NC-ND. Note that research funders require authors to choose CC BY.

    Other information:

    • Publisher webpage for the agreement.
    • Electrochemical Society is a non-profit, society publisher.
      European Respiratory Journal

      Coverage: Original articles and research letters in European Respiratory Journal (a subscription journal). See UCL's list of journals in transformative agreements.

      How to use the agreement: Use your UCL affiliation and e-mail address in ScholarOne and in your manuscript when you submit. This allows the publisher to identify your paper as eligible for the agreement.

      Licence: CC BY.

      Other information: 

      • Publisher webpage for the agreement.
      • European Respiratory Journal is the flagship journal of the non-profit European Respiratory Society.
      Future Science

      Coverage: All articles in all 20 Future Medicine and Newlands Press subscription journals, and in all 15 Future Medicine, Future Science and Newlands Press fully open access journals. See UCL's list of journals in transformative agreements.

      How to use the agreement: Use your UCL affiliation and e-mail address when you submit. This allows the publisher to identify your paper as eligible for the agreement.

      Licence: CC BY (default).

      Other information: Publisher webpage for the agreement.

        Geological Society (Lyell Collection)

        Coverage: All articles in the 6 subscription journals and 3 book series in the Lyell Collection (Journal of the Geological Society, Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology & Hydrogeology, Petroleum Geoscience, Geochemistry: Exploration, Environment, Analysis, Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society, Scottish Journal of Geology, Special Publications, Memoirs, Engineering Geology Special Publications). See UCL's list of journals in transformative agreements.

        How to use the agreement: Use your UCL affiliation and e-mail address when you submit. This allows the publisher to identify your paper as eligible for the agreement.

        Licence: CC BY (default).

        Other information: 

        • Publisher webpage for the agreement.
        • The Geological Society is a non-profit, society publisher.
          IWA Publishing

          Coverage: All articles in all 10 subscription and 5 fully open access journals. See UCL's list of journals in transformative agreements.

          How to use the agreement: Use your UCL affiliation and e-mail address when you submit. This allows the publisher to identify your paper as eligible for the agreement. See IWA's guide, and please note:

          • You may need to update your institutional information in the IWA's Editorial Manager system.
          • In the open access charges section of the submission process, you may need to click to "Apply Discounts" and select UCL as your institution.

          Licence: CC BY (default).

          Other information:

            Institute of Physics

            Coverage: All articles in IOP-managed journals and selected society journals: lists A and B on the agreement webpage. American Astronomical Society journals are not covered. See UCL's list of journals in transformative agreements.

            How to use the agreement: Use your UCL affiliation and e-mail address in the submission form and in your manuscript when you submit.

            Licence: CC BY (default).

            Other information: 

            • Publisher webpage for the agreement.
            • IOP Publishing is central to the Institute of Physics (IOP), a not-for-profit society. Any financial surplus earned by IOP Publishing goes to support science through the activities of IOP.
            Karger

            Coverage: Articles in all subscription and fully open access journals. See UCL's list of journals in transformative agreements.

            How to use the agreement: Use your UCL affiliation and e-mail address when you submit. This allows the publisher to identify your paper as eligible for the agreement.

            Licence: CC BY.

            Other information: Publisher webpage for the agreement.

            Microbiology Society

            Coverage: All articles in all 4 subscription and 2 fully open access journals: Access Microbiology, International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology, Journal of General Virology, Journal of Medical Microbiology, Microbial Genomics, and Microbiology. See UCL's list of journals in transformative agreements.

            How to use the agreement: Use your UCL affiliation and e-mail address when you submit. This allows the publisher to identify your paper as eligible for the agreement.

            Licence: CC BY.

            Other information:

            • Publisher webpage for the agreement.
            • Microbiology Society is a non-profit, society publisher.
            Public Library of Science

            Coverage: All articles in all 7 PLOS fully open access journals (below). See UCL's list of journals in transformative agreements.

            • PLOS ONE, PLOS Computational Biology, PLOS Genetics, PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, PLOS Pathogens (Tiered Flat Fee model).
            • PLOS Biology, PLOS Medicine (Community Action Publishing model).

            How to use the agreements: Use your UCL affiliation and e-mail address when you submit. This allows the publisher to identify your paper as eligible for the relevant agreement.

            Licence: CC BY.

            Other information:

            • PLOS Biology and PLOS Medicine only: Where the corresponding author is from an institution that does not participate in the PLOS Biology/PLOS Medicine agreement, and there is a contributing author from UCL, Non-Member publishing Fees will be discounted by 25%. UCL's normal eligibility criteria for open access funding apply to these papers.
            • Publisher webpages for the agreements:
            • PLOS is a non-profit, fully open access publisher.
            Portland Press (Biochemical Society)

            Coverage: All articles in all five subscription and two fully open access journals: Biochemical Journal, Biochemical Society Transactions, Bioscience Reports, Clinical Science, Essays in Biochemistry, Emerging Topics in Life Sciences, and Neuronal Signalling. See UCL's list of journals in transformative agreements.

            How to use the agreement: Use your UCL affiliation and e-mail address when you submit. This allows the publisher to identify your paper as eligible for the agreement.

            Licence: CC BY.

            Other information:

            • Publisher webpage for the agreement.
            • Portland Press is the Biochemical Society's publisher. All profits are returned to the Society.
            Rockefeller University Press

            Coverage: All articles in all 3 subscription journals: Journal of Cell Biology, Journal of Experimental Medicine, Journal of General Physiology. See UCL's list of journals in transformative agreements.

            How to use the agreement: Use your UCL affiliation and e-mail address when you submit. This allows the publisher to identify your paper as eligible for the agreement.

            Licence: CC BY.

            Other information:

            • Publisher webpage for the agreement.
            • Rockefeller University Press is a non-profit publisher.
            Royal Society of Chemistry

            Coverage: Articles in all RSC subscription journals. See UCL's list of journals in transformative agreements.

            How to use the agreement: Use your UCL affiliation and e-mail address when you submit. This allows the publisher to identify your paper as eligible for the agreement. After acceptance, RSC will send you a link to their licensing system, where you should choose Gold Open Access Publication and CC BY.  

            Licence: CC BY (default).

            Other information:

            • Publisher webpage for the agreement.
            • All RSC surplus income is invested towards the RSC's charitable objectives in support of chemical science.
            Royal College of General Practitioners

            Coverage: All articles in the RCGP's subscription journal, British Journal of General Practice, and its fully open access journal, BJCP Open. See UCL's list of journals in transformative agreements.

            How to use the agreement: Use your UCL affiliation and e-mail address when you submit. This allows the publisher to identify your paper as eligible for the agreement.

            Licence: CC BY (default).

            Other information: RCGP is a charity whose objective is to encourage, foster and maintain the highest possible standards in general medical practice.

            SAGE

            Coverage: Articles in almost all hybrid subscription journals, including IMechE and Royal Society of Medicine journals. See UCL's list of journals in transformative agreements, and/or this short list of excluded journals.   

            Original research papers, review papers, brief communications, short reports and case studies are included in the agreement. Book reviews, editorials, abstracts and news items are excluded.

            How to use the agreement: 

            1. Use your UCL affiliation and e-mail address when you submit. 
            2. Sign SAGE's standard Journal Contributor's Publishing Agreement.
            3. SAGE will identify your paper as eligible for the agreement, and offer you gold open access. Sign in to the SAGE Open Access Portal to agree to the open access Contributor's Agreement.

            Licence: CC BY or CC BY-NC. Note that research funders require authors to choose CC BY.

            Other information: 

            Springer

            Coverge: Original Paper, Review Paper, Brief Communication and Continuing Education articles in all Springer subscription ('hybrid') journals that offer CC BY and Nature Academic Journals. See Springer's complete list of journals covered, and/or UCL's list of journals in transformative agreements.

            UCL's normal eligibility criteria for open access funding apply to other SpringerNature journals, including Nature research journals, BioMed Central and SpringerOpen journals. 

            How to use the agreement: Use your UCL affiliation and e-mail address when you submit. After acceptance, Springer will send you a link to their MyPublication form, where you should give your UCL e-mail address and affiliation, and agree to the open access terms.

            Licence: CC BY. 

            Other information: Publisher webpage for the agreement.

            Thieme

            Coverage: Articles in the 26 subscription journals in Thieme's Medical Collection and the five subscription journals in the Chemistry Collection. See UCL's list of journals in transformative agreements.

            How to use the agreement: Use your UCL affiliation and e-mail address when you submit. This allows the publisher to identify your paper as eligible for the agreement.

            Licence: You may be offered a choice of Creative Commons (CC) licences. Note that research funders require authors to choose CC BY.

            Other information: Publisher webpage for the agreement.

            Wiley

            Coverage: Research and review papers in most subscription and fully open access journals. See lists of fully open access and subscription (hybrid) journals covered, and/or UCL's list of journals in transformative agreements.

            How to use the agreement:

            Subscription journals:

            1. After acceptance, log in to Wiley Author Services
            2. Click 'Select OnlineOpen'
            3. Choose University College London as your affiliation
            4. Provide details of any relevant funding
            5. Confirm that you would like to make your article OnlineOpen

            Fully open access journals: Select University College London as your institution when you submit. 

            UCL's Open Access Team will be notified of your request, and will check that your paper is eligible before approving it.

            Licence: You may be offered a choice of Creative Commons (CC) licences. Note that research funders require authors to choose CC BY.

            Other information: Publisher webpage for the agreement.