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In the event of no deal, there are implications for Cambridge academics publishing in Elsevier journals.

If your research is supported by a public or charitable funder, they might have a policy that prohibits paying article-processing charges for subscription ‘hybrid’ journals. Alternatively, if your research is unfunded, you may not have access to article-processing charges to publish open access in the Elsevier journal of choice. Here we set out the alternative open access options available to researchers in the event of no Read and Publish deal with Elsevier.


Green open access

If you publish in a subscription journal, it is possible to also self-archive a copy of your manuscript in Apollo (or another repository that complies with your funder’s requirements). While Elsevier typically places an embargo on the editorially accepted version of your manuscript (sometimes called the author accepted manuscript, or AAM), it is possible to retain your rights to post the AAM without embargo if prior action is taken. In the first instance, you should alert the journal office at the time of submission that you intend to retain your right to deposit the accepted article into a repository at the point of publication and share it immediately.

In order to use the rights retention strategy, it is important that you state on your submitted manuscript that you will apply a CC BY licence to the accepted version. It is via this statement that you are ‘retaining’ your right to apply a CC BY licence to the accepted version.

For the purpose of Open Access, the author has applied a CC BY public copyright licence to any Author Accepted Manuscript (AAM) version arising from this submission.

Once the paper is accepted for publication, the author should deposit the accepted manuscript in Apollo, making sure that it is available by the time the version of record is published.

It is important to note that the publisher is under no obligation to accept your request and they may reject articles for publication that contain the Rights Retention Strategy language, or may require authors to sign a publishing agreement that conflicts with the statement above. Read more about the Rights Retention Strategy here.


Gold open access

For funded researchers, it may be possible to secure payment for open access publishing charges directly from your funder. However, it is important to bear in mind that, from 2022, UKRI will no longer provide funding for authors wishing to publish open access in subscription (or ‘hybrid’) journals, unless the journal is part of a transitional agreement. Some charitable funders and overseas public funding bodies may still permit and fund publication in hybrid journals and so you should check your funder’s policy before submission.

There are also many other publishers with affordable and no-cost open access options.  The Directory of Open Access Journals is a good place to learn about the pure open access journals in your field, many of which do not levy article processing charges.

The University also has a number of open access and transformative agreements that allow you to publish open access free of charge in both pure and hybrid open access journals. You can read about these here.