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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.

* There are caps on some agreements that limit the number of papers that may be made open access. In capped agreements, papers whose corresponding author is an honorary or visiting member of staff are not eligible unless they acknowledge funding from the UK Research Councils (UKRI), Wellcome Trust, British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, Parkinson's UK or Versus Arthritis. Restrictions are set out in the details of each agreement, below.

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.

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 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. 

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 email 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 email 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.

BMJ (specific funders only) 

Coverage: Original articles reporting primary research (not reviews, commentaries or rapid communications) in 28 subscription journals. See UCL's list of journals in transformative agreements. Only articles funded by the Wellcome Trust, a UK Research Council (AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC, MRC, STFC, NERC), BHF, Blood Cancer UK, Cancer Research UK, Parkinsons UK or Versus Arthritis are eligible.

How to use the agreement: 

When you submit:

  1. Select University College London as your affiliation (see BMJ's guide to selecting your affiliation), and use your UCL email address
  2. Specify the relevant funder(s) (see the coverage section above)
  3. Select the CC BY licence

Licence: CC BY (all authors must choose the CC BY licence, since all funders of eligible articles require it).

Other information: Publisher webpage for the agreement.

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, indiate that you would like to use the agreement; give your UCL email address; and 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 email 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 email 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 email 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 email 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 email 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 of London

                  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 email 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 email 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.

                        The agreement includes primary research articles, and reviews, of the following types: Letters, Papers, Reviews and Special Issue articles.

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

                        Licence: CC BY-NC (default). On submission, specify any funding that contributed to your article: Karger will apply the CC BY licence if your research funder requires it.

                        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 email 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.
                            Oxford University Press

                            Coverage: Research and review articles in almost all OUP subscription and fully open access journals. A small number of journals are excluded as they do not offer open access. See UCL's list of journals in transformative agreements.

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

                            1. After acceptance, OUP will contact you about the agreement. Follow the instructions to log in to OUP's Author Services portal.
                            2. Select a Creative Commons licence. Note that research funders require authors to choose CC BY.
                            3. Accept the copyright agreement, then click 'Proceed'
                            4. On the Article Charges page, beneath ‘Open Access Prepayment Account’, select 'UK Institutions (Jisc affiliated)' from the dropdown list of institutions
                            5. Tick 'Refer Charge?' next to the open access charges
                            6. Click 'Refer Charges' at the bottom of the Article Charges page

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

                            Licence: CC BY is available for most journals. Note that research funders require authors to choose CC BY.

                            Other information: Publisher webpage for the agreement.

                              Public Library of Science

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

                              • PLOS ONE, PLOS Computational Biology, PLOS Digital Health, PLOS Genetics, PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, PLOS Pathogens (Tiered Flat Fee model).
                              • PLOS Biology, PLOS Medicine, PLOS Sustainability & Transformation (Community Action Publishing model).
                              • PLOS Climate, PLOS Water, PLOS Global Public Health.

                              How to use the agreements: Use your UCL affiliation and email 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, PLOS Medicine, PLOS Sustainability & Transformation: Where the corresponding author is from an institution that does not participate in the 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 email 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 email 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 email 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 research (not clinical practice) articles in the RCGP's subscription journal, British Journal of General Practice, and its fully open access journal, BJGP Open. See UCL's list of journals in transformative agreements.

                                    How to use the agreement: Use your UCL affiliation and email 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 email 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

                                    Coverage: 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.

                                    Restrictions: This is a capped agreement. Papers whose corresponding author is an honorary or visiting member of staff are not eligible unless they acknowledge funding from the UK Research Councils (UKRI), Wellcome Trust, Blood Cancer UK, British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, Parkinson's UK or Versus Arthritis.

                                    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 email address when you submit. After acceptance, Springer will send you a link to their MyPublication form, where you should give your UCL email address and affiliation, and agree to the open access terms.

                                    Licence: CC BY. 

                                    Other information: Publisher webpage for the agreement.

                                    Taylor & Francis

                                    Coverage: Original research and core content (including original research articles, review articles and reports) in Taylor & Francis subscription journals that offer open access. Filter by Open Select only (not Full open access) in Taylor & Francis's open access cost finder and/or see UCL's list of journals in transformative agreements.

                                    Restrictions: This is a capped agreement. Papers whose corresponding author is an honorary or visiting member of staff are not eligible unless they acknowledge funding from the UK Research Councils (UKRI), Wellcome Trust, Blood Cancer UK, British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, Parkinson's UK or Versus Arthritis.

                                    How to use the agreement: Use your UCL affiliation and email address when you submit. This allows the publisher to identify your paper as eligible for the agreement. After acceptance, Taylor & Francis will notify you that you may be eligible for the agreement, and will ask UCL's Open Access Team whether your article can be approved for open access.

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

                                    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 email 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.

                                    Restrictions: This is a capped agreement. Papers accepted from 1 July 2021 are only eligible if they acknowledge funding from the UK Research Councils (UKRI), Wellcome Trust, Blood Cancer UK, British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, Parkinson's UK or Versus Arthritis. Authors of other papers in subscription (hybrid) journals should choose the standard publication route instead of OnlineOpen, and upload their accepted manuscripts to RPS.

                                    Papers in fully open access journals submitted from 1 July 2021 will continue to be eligible under the agreement, if they are funded by one of the funders above, or under UCL's normal eligibility criteria if they have a UCL corresponding author who is a full (not honorary or visiting) member of staff (provided no funding is available from a research funder). 

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