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Open Access and Depositing your Research: Transformative Deals

Transformative deals


Eligibility is limited to the corresponding author who is linked to the grant holding or funding institution.

Please use your institutional email address in the submission process. To qualify research must be funded by: a UK Research Council (AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC, MRC, STFC, NERC), British Heart Foundation, Blood Cancer UK, Cancer Research UK, Parkinsons UK, Versus Arthritis or the Wellcome Trust. Type of article: original research articles.

Coverage: Original articles reporting primary research (not reviews, commentaries or rapid communications) in 28 subscription journals

Creative Commons Licence: CC-BY

Journal titles

Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases

Archives of Disease in Childhood

Archives of Disease in Childhood: Education & Practice edition

Archives of Disease in Childhood: Fetal & Neonatal edition

BMJ Evidence-Based Medicine

BMJ Quality and Safety

British Journal of Ophthalmology

British Journal of Sports Medicine

Emergency Medicine Journal

Evidence-Based Mental Health

Evidence-Based Nursing

Frontline Gastroenterology



Injury Prevention

Journal of Clinical Pathology

Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health

Journal of Medical Ethics

Journal of Medical Genetics

Journal of NeuroInterventional Surgery

Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry

Medical Humanities

Occupational and Environmental Medicine

Postgraduate Medical Journal

Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry

Medical Humanities

Occupational and Environmental Medicine

Postgraduate Medical Journal

Practical Neurology

Sexually Transmitted Infections


Tobacco Control

See the BMJ's landing page for authors, or the publisher webpage for more details


If you have any further queries, please email

We have a new Read and Publish deal with Cambridge. By entering the location and institution you will see the publishing agreement as below and also have links to eligible journals.

To be eligible, articles must:

Coverage: Research and review papers in most subscription (hybrid) journals, including Cell Press and Lancet journals. See Elsevier's participating journal search.

In non-Cell Press/Lancet journals, the following additional article types are covered: Case Reports, Data in Brief, Microarticle, Original Software Publication,  Protocol, Replication Study, Short Communication, Short Survey, Video Article, Practice Guideline.

How to use the agreement: The submitting corresponding author must be affiliated with BU. When you submit, use your BU affiliation and email address. This allows Elsevier to identify your paper as eligible for the agreement. After acceptance, you will receive an email with a link to the 'post-acceptance author journey', where you should select the open access publishing option. The Open Access Team will be notified of your request, and will check that your paper is eligible before approving it.

Publication charges: A small number of economics, finance and accounting journals charge submissions fees, which are reinvested back into the community. Further information on submission fees is available.

A limited number of society-owned journals charge mandatory editorial page fees in addition to APCs. These charges are charged separately, directly to the author.

Licence: Elsevier offers a choice of Creative Commons (CC) licences. Note that research funders require authors to choose CC BY.

From 1 April 2022, all BU corresponding authors will no longer need to pay the Article Processing Charge (APC) for publishing with 

  • PLOS Computational Biology
  • PLOS Digital Health
  • PLOS Genetics,
  • PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases
  • PLOS Pathogens 

as BU has signed up to the JISC PLOS flat fee agreement.

In order to benefit from this agreement, it is important that you properly self-identity during the submission process to be recognised as eligible for this agreement.

See details in this blog post.

Any queries please contact

Flat Fees: Institutions have partnered with PLOS to eliminate or significantly reduce their researchers' publication expenses through an annual flat fee.  Existing Flat Fee agreements apply to all publications in PLOS ONE, PLOS Computational Biology, PLOS Digital Health, PLOS Genetics, PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, and PLOS Pathogens* through an annual flat fee.  At their descretion, institutions may choose to set up an author surcharge for each publication. Any applicable surcharge will be noted under the institution's name below.

*Our current Flat Fee partners are automatically included in CAP for PLOS Sustainability and Transformation, as well as the Global Equity model for PLOS Climate, PLOS Global Public Health, and PLOS Water. Researchers at these institutions will not face publication fees at these journals. 

Learn more about Flat Fee Agreements here


BU authors can now publish open access in 900+ SAGE subscription journals at no extra cost.

The UK Jisc Agreement, open to all UK institutions who are members of the consortium, will run between 2020 and 2022.

Corresponding authors publishing an article in 900+ subscription journals in the current SAGE Premier package, as well as in the IMechE Journal Collection and the Royal Society of Medicine Collection can now publish open access, free of charge. Eligible journals are those which offer hybrid open access publishing (SAGE Choice).

Please check with Open Access if you are unsure whether your journal is included.

Authors in subscription journals do not need to take any action to benefit from this offer – SAGE will contact all eligible authors to inform them of the Open Access agreement with Jisc and to invite them to the SAGE Open Access Portal to take up the offer as soon as their accepted article has been received into SAGE’s Production department.

Gold open access journals: Corresponding authors publishing an article in a Sage gold open access journal are entitled to a 20% discount on the prevailing article processing charge (APC). This is available on 150+ pure Gold journals a list of which are available here.

Where an author is eligible for more than one discount, discounts cannot be combined but the highest discount available to the author will be automatically applied to the APC due.

Further information on the agreement and gold open access journals can be found here.

If you have any further queries, please email


BU’s Springer Compact agreement allows all BU corresponding authors to publish Gold open access in Springer subscription ('hybrid') journals that offer CC BY. Check Springer's hybrid journal list to see whether your journal is included, but note that Nature, BioMed Central and SpringerOpen journals are not included,  

The following article types are covered: Original Paper, Review Paper, Brief Communication and Continuing Education. 

We do encourage all  BU authors to take advantage of this agreement. 

After acceptance, Springer will send you a link to their MyPublication form, where you should give your BU e-mail address and affiliation and agree to the open access terms (including CC BY). 

If you have any further queries, please email


BU has signed up to a read and publish deal with the Taylor & Francis Group.

Corresponding authors affiliated with participating institutions in the UK are now eligible to publish open access (OA) in Taylor & Francis and Routledge Open Select (hybrid) journals at no cost to themselves. Whilst it is not necessary to pay an Article processing Charge (APC) it is necessary to cover VAT so an application to BU's Open Access publication fund is still required if authors want to publish gold open access.

This transitional agreement between Taylor & Francis Group and the JISC consortium combines continued access to subscription articles with the opportunity to publish OA in around 2,300 Open Select titles.

What are the requirements?

To be eligible, articles must:

  • Be original research articles. Other types of paper, such as Editorials, Announcements, and Book Reviews, are not covered by this agreement.
  • Be accepted for publication after the 1st January 2021
  • Have a corresponding author affiliated with a participating institution

Please read the blog post here before applying.

If you have any further queries, please email


BU authors can now publish Open Access in more than 2,000 Wiley journals at no extra cost.

Jisc and Wiley, a global leader in research and education, have struck a four-year “read and publish” agreement that offers researchers at UK universities open access (OA) publishing in all Wiley journals at no cost to them.

As part of the new agreement, the proportion of OA articles published by UK researchers will increase from 27% to an estimated 85% in year one, with the potential to reach 100% by 2022. The agreement will also enable institutions and their users to access all of Wiley’s journals.

This ground-breaking agreement will enable institutions to control the costs of access and OA publishing. It will also support a simplified process for authors and their institutions, enabling compliance with funder mandates and Plan S.

The agreement began in March 2020, and all participating Jisc member institutions and affiliated researchers are eligible.

If you have any further queries, please email

Jisc Member Institutions

Authors affiliated with UK institutions participating in APA's Jisc agreement may publish open access in hybrid journals published by APA at no cost to the author, provided that:

  • The article's corresponding author is affiliated with a participating institution's UK campus.
  • The article is accepted after August 1, 2022.
  • The article is an original peer-reviewed research article or review article.

All articles under this agreement will be published under the CC-BY copyright license. Upon publication, articles will be made immediately open access.

>> Read the press release for more information on the open access agreement.

Journal Titles

American Psychologist

Behavioral Neuroscience

Developmental Psychology


Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology

Health Psychology

History of Psychology

Journal of Abnormal Psychology

Journal of Applied Psychology

Journal of Comparative Psychology

Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology

Journal of Counseling Psychology

Journal of Educational Psychology

Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Learning and Cognition

Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied

Journal of Experimental Psychology: General

Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance

Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition

Journal of Family Psychology

Journal of Personality and Social Psychology


Professional Psychology: Research and Practice

Psychological Assessment

Psychological Bulletin

Psychological Methods

Psychological Review

Psychology and Aging

Psychology of Addictive Behaviors

Psychology, Public Policy, and Law

Rehabilitation Psychology

American Journal of Orthopsychiatry

Asian American Journal of Psychology

Behavior Analysis: Research and Practice

Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology

Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice

Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice & Research

Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice

Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology



Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences

Families, Systems, & Health

Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice

The Humanistic Psychologist

International Journal of Play Therapy

International Journal of Stress Management

International Perspectives in Psychology: Research, Practice, Consultation

Journal of Diversity in Higher Education

Journal of Latinx Psychology

Journal of Neuroscience, Psychology, and Economics

Journal of Occupational Health Psychology

Journal of Psychotherapy Integration

Journal of Rural Mental Health

Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology

Journal of Threat Assessment and Management

Law and Human Behavior

Motivation Science

Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology

Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment

Practice Innovations

Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal

Psychoanalytic Psychology

Psychological Services

Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy

The Psychologist-Manager Journal

Psychology & Neuroscience

Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts

Psychology of Consciousness: Theory, Research, and Practice

Psychology of Men & Masculinities

Psychology of Popular Media Culture

Psychology of Religion and Spirituality

Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity

Psychology of Violence

Psychomusicology: Music, Mind, and Brain


Qualitative Psychology

School Psychology

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Science

Spirituality in Clinical Practice

Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology

Stigma and Health

Training and Education in Professional Psychology

Translational Issues in Psychological Science


Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science/ Revue canadienne des sciences du comportement

Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology/ Revue canadienne de psychologie expérimentale

Canadian Psychology/ Psychologie canadienne