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Transformative publisher agreements

Transformative publisher agreements allow papers with a UCL corresponding author, published with a particular publisher, to be made Gold open access. They cover most or all of a publisher's journals.

Transformative agreements are a way for publishers to transition their subscription journals to full open access. The costs of open access are part of an overall UCL payment covering both subscriptions and open access publishing. The open access charges are part of the agreement: there is no additional open access cost when a paper is published.

UCL's transformative agreements are listed below. Check the relevant publisher terms and instructions before placing a request with the publisher or contacting the Open Access Team. Some agreements cover only subscription journals; others also cover fully open access journals. Most are available only to UCL corresponding authors. There may be restrictions on the types of paper covered (e.g. research and review papers only).

 

To enable papers funded by the UK Research Councils (UKRI) and the Wellcome Trust to be published open access under UCL's transformative agreements, authors funded by the UK Research Councils or the Wellcome Trust are encouraged, where appropriate, to act as corresponding author on a paper.

UCL has separate prepayment/deposit arrangements to pay for open access with a number of other subscription and fully open access publishers (including BioMed Central, BMJ, Elsevier, Frontiers, OUP, PLOS and Taylor & Francis/Routledge). These are not transformative agreements: they are a method of paying, article-by-article, for open access. There is sometimes a small discount on the standard cost. UCL's normal eligibility criteria for open access funding apply, with funds available for most papers in fully open access journals, and restrictions on open access payments in subscription ('hybrid') journals.

Brill

UCL's agreement with Brill (known as Bridging Agreement Plus) allows all UCL corresponding authors to publish research and review articles Gold open access in all Brill journalsUCL strongly encourages all authors to take advantage of this agreement.  

Ensure that you are listed as the corresponding author, and that you use your UCL e-mail address, throughout the submission process. This will enable Brill to identify your paper as eligible to be published open access under the CC BY licence. 

Electrochemical Society

UCL subscribes to ECS Plus. This allows all UCL corresponding authors to publish Gold open access in ECS journals. UCL strongly encourages all authors to take advantage of this agreement. 

You must select open access when you submit. In Step 6 - Open Access Waiver, Charges and Credits, choose the ECS Plus option. Your article will be recognised as eligible to be published open access. 

European Respiratory Journal

UCL's European Respiratory Journal agreement allows all UCL corresponding authors to publish original articles and research letters in this journal Gold open access. UCL strongly encourages all authors to take advantage of this agreement. 

When you submit, ensure that you are listed as the corresponding author, with your UCL affiliation and e-mail address, in the ERJ's online submission system, ScholarOne, and in your manuscript. This will enable the publisher to identify your article as eligible for open access under the CC BY licence as part of this agreement.

Institute of Physics

All UCL corresponding authors are eligible to publish research articles and uncommissioned reviews Gold open access in subscription (hybrid) journals managed by IOP (not AAS or other IOP partner journals). UCL strongly encourages all authors to take advantage of this agreement. 

On submission, state your UCL affiliation clearly in the article submission form and in the article itself. You will be notified that IOP has identified your article as eligible for Gold open access during peer-review or shortly after acceptance, and IOP will ask you to agree to the CC BY licence. If you are not alerted before your article is accepted, IOP advises you to contact the journal.

IWA Publishing

UCL's IWA Publishing agreement allows all UCL corresponding authors to publish Gold open access in the IWA's ten subscription and five fully open access journals, including Journal of Water & Climate Change and Water Science & Technology. UCL strongly encourages all authors to take advantage of this agreement. 

Follow these steps to make sure that your paper is identified as eligible to be published open access under the CC BY licence. In particular, make sure that you use your UCL e-mail address to submit, and include your UCL affiliation. 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.

Microbiology Society

UCL's Microbiology Society agreement allows all UCL corresponding authors to publish Gold open access in the Microbiology Society's four subscription and two 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. UCL strongly encourages all authors to take advantage of this agreement.  

Ensure that you are listed as the corresponding author, and that you use your UCL e-mail address, throughout the submission process. This will enable the publisher to identify your paper as eligible to be published open access under the CC BY licence. 

Portland Press Biochemical Society journals

UCL's Portland Press agreement allows all UCL corresponding authors to publish Gold open access in Portland Press's 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. UCL strongly encourages all authors to take advantage of this agreement. 

When you submit, ensure that you are listed as the corresponding author, with a UCL affiliation and e-mail address entered in the publisher’s submission system. You will receive an e-mail confirming that the paper will be published open access under the CC BY licence without any additional fees. 

Rockefeller University Press

UCL's Rockefeller University Press agreement allows all UCL corresponding authors to publish Gold open access in Rockefeller University Press's three subscription journals: Journal of Cell Biology, Journal of Experimental Medicine and Journal of General Physiology. UCL strongly encourages all authors to take advantage of this agreement.  

Ensure that you are listed as the corresponding author, and that you use your UCL e-mail address, throughout the submission process. This will enable the publisher to identify your paper as eligible to be published open access under the CC BY licence.

Royal Society of Chemistry

UCL's RSC Read & Publish agreement allows all UCL corresponding authors to publish Gold open access in RSC's subscription journals. UCL strongly encourages all authors to take advantage of this agreement. 

When you submit, ensure that you are listed as the corresponding author, with your UCL affiliation and e-mail address, in RSC’s online submission system and in your manuscript. After acceptance, RSC will send you a link to their licensing system. You will be identified as eligible for Read & Publish, and should choose Gold Open Access Publication and CC BY.  

Sage (including IMechE and RSM)

UCL's Sage agreement allows all UCL corresponding authors to publish Gold open access in almost all Sage, IMechE and RSM subscription 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. UCL strongly encourages all authors to take advantage of this agreement. 

 

When you submit, ensure that you are listed as the corresponding author, and give your UCL affiliation and UCL e-mail address. You will be asked to sign Sage's standard journal contributor's publishing agreement. Sage will then identify your paper as eligible for open access and offer you the Gold open access option. UCL's Open Access Team will be asked to approve the request. Note that if you are not correctly identified as the corresponding author, Sage may not be able to convert your article to open access later.

Sage will inform all co-authors that the article can be published open access at no additional cost. Within 14 days, one author must confirm that the authors agree to publish open access, and choose a licence (CC BY or CC BY-NC). If the funder of the paper requires CC BY, ensure that you choose it. UCL recommends CC BY for all papers. 

Sage, IMechE and RSM papers in fully open access journals are eligible for a discount on standard rates. UCL's normal eligibility criteria for open access funding apply. 

Springer (Springer Compact)

UCL's Springer Compact agreement allows all UCL corresponding authors to publish Gold open access in Springer subscription ('hybrid') journals that offer CC BY. Check Springer's hybrid journal list list to see whether your journal is included, but note that Nature, BioMed Central and SpringerOpen journals are not included, and UCL's normal eligibility criteria for open access funding apply. The following article types are covered: Original Paper, Review Paper, Brief Communication and Continuing Education. UCL strongly encourages all authors to take advantage of this agreement. 

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 (including CC BY). 

Thieme Medical and Chemistry journals

UCL's Thieme agreement allows all UCL corresponding authors to publish Gold open access in the 26 journals in Thieme's Medical Collection and the five in the Chemistry Collection. UCL strongly encourages all authors to take advantage of this agreement.  

Medical Collection

American Journal of Perinatology
Endoscopy
European Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Experimental and Clinical Endocrinology & Diabetes
Facial Plastic Surgery
Fortschritte der Neurologie · Psychiatrie
Hormone and Metabolic Research
International Journal of Sports Medicine
Journal of Knee Surgery
Journal of Neurological Surgery
Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery
Klinische Monatsblätter für Augenheilkunde
Laryngo Rhino Otologie
Methods of Information in Medicine
Neuropediatrics
Pharmacopsychiatry
Seminars in Hearing
Seminars in Liver Disease
Seminars in Musculoskeletal Radiology
Seminars in Neurology
Seminars in Reproductive Medicine
Seminars in Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
Seminars in Speech and Language
Seminars in Thrombosis and Hemostasis
The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon
Thrombosis and Haemostasis

Chemistry Collection

Drug Research
Planta Medica
Synfacts
Synlett
Synthesis

Ensure that you are listed as the corresponding author, and that you use your UCL e-mail address, throughout the submission process. This will enable the publisher to identify your paper as eligible to be published open access. You may be offered a choice of Creative Commons (CC) licences. If your funder requires you to publish under the CC BY licence, ensure that you choose it. UCL recommends CC BY for all papers. 

Wiley

UCL's Wiley agreement allows UCL corresponding authors to publish articles Gold open access under a Creative Commons licence. It covers research and review papers in most of Wiley's subscription (hybrid) and fully open access journals until the end of 2023. 

Restrictions on eligibility (November and December 2020)

This agreement provides UK institutions with a limited number of open access credits each year. Owing to a very high volume of UK open access publishing in 2020, the agreement is now suspended until the end of the year. UCL's normal eligibility criteria for open access funding now apply.