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Publisher agreements and memberships

Publishing research Open Access, either in a Gold Open Access journal or a hybrid journal (a subscription journal that charges to make a particular article Open Access while the remainder of the journal is only available to subscribers) often incurs an Article Processing Charge (APC). The University has entered into some agreements and memberships with publishers to reduce the cost to the University for this process. Please note that these deals do not act as an endorsement of any particular publisher. The agreements arise from an assessment of the financial benefit to the University.

Individual author memberships may be paid from Research Councils or COAF funds by the Open Access Team, however, these are treated on a case-by-case basis and a publication must be imminent.

Publisher Arrangement
American Chemical Society Individual memberships give authors further discounts.  Authors who are members of the ACS and who are working at an institution that subscribes to their journals are eligible to a discount of up to US$750 on Open Access charges.
De Gruyter Effective 1 January 2019, Cambridge authors may publish primary research and review articles in both Pure and Hybrid Open Access journals with a 20% discount applied to APCs. The article's corresponding author must be from an eligible university and the article must have been accepted on or after 1 January 2019. A step-by-step guide on how to benefit from this agreement is available.
MDPI Membership entitles authors to a 10% discount.
Microbiology Society

The University has subscribed to the Publish and Read deal which offers:

Unlimited OA: any article published in Society journals where the corresponding author is from a Publish and Read institution will be OA by default.

Unlimited usage: any user associated with a Publish and Read institution can access the entire archive of Society content, back to 1947, for reading and for text and data mining.

Corresponding authors from Publish and Read institutions will be identified using their email domains. Where a corresponding author’s email domain matches that provided for a Publish and Read institution, we will ask the author to sign our standard CC-BY Creative Commons licence and will publish their article OA without further charge, and without embargo. Authors retain the right to opt out of publishing their articles as OA.

Cambridge authors who wish to publish OA in Microbiology Society journals are encouraged to be listed as the corresponding author and use an email address to benefit from this deal.

PeerJ Cambridge University has bought 100 Basic PeerJ memberships so Cambridge researchers may submit a claim for a Basic membership. Corresponding authors in PeerJ journals must be a member to allow the paper to be pubished in PeerJ. Articles are subject to an APC unless all authors of a publication are PeerJ members. In such a case there will be no APC for the open access article.
Springer Cambridge University is a member of the consortium agreement for the Springer Compact. This means that all articles published in Springer journals by Cambridge authors will be Open Access, regardless of whether they are from funded research or not.
SCOAP3 Cambridge University, through JISC Collections, participates in the SCOAPpartnership. Certain key journals in high-energy physics have been made fully open access under this partnership, with no additional cost to authors, whereas other journals will only publish high-energy physics papers open access.
Hindawi Cambridge University has associate membership with Hindawi which provides three APC waivers. All Hindawi papers are deposited directly in Apollo.
Royal Society of Chemistry Authors affiliated to Cambridge will receive a 15% discount on all APCs in hybrid journals. The discount will be applied automatically by the RSC for eligible authors.



Offset arrangements


The University is participating in a series of offsetting arrangements. These are arrangements to help the global open access transition, where at an institutional level, the expenditure on article processing charges over and above the subscription payments are at least partially returned to the institution to avoid 'double dipping'. A Joint Understanding of Offsetting was developed in March 2016 by an international group of librarians, consortium leaders and negotiators to agree on objectives, mechanisms and required tools for offsetting.

Publisher Offsetting arrangement Notes
Institute of Physics (IoP)

IoP refunds a proportion of the previous year's Cambridge University expenditure on APCs

This money has been sent directly to the Cambridge University Libraries. It will be used to cover APCs for fully OA journals.
Taylor & Francis T&F have allocated Cambridge University 84 'vouchers' for a 75% discount on APCs The number of 'virtual vouchers' has been calculated based on the 2017 journal expenditure.
Wiley Wiley refunds 50% of the previous year's expenditure on APCs This money is credited directly to the Open Access Service's prepayment account. APCs that are paid through the account receive a 25% discount.
American Chemical Society (ACS) As part of a pilot, ACS have allocated Cambridge University discounted APCs based on the previous year's expenditure on subscriptions.    Tokens for the discounted APCs are credited directly to the Open Access Service's prepayment account.

Last updated: January 2020