Stirling to join Cambridge University Press Agreement: free Open Access Publishing

From 1st January Stirling will be joining the four-year Cambridge University Press ”Read and Publish” Agreement.

This means in return for a one-off payment by the Library, Stirling authors will have free uncapped open access publishing in more than 380 peer-reviewed academic journals covering subjects across the humanities, social sciences and science, technology and medicine. 

Open access publication is free at the point of publication to the author – the costs have already been covered by the subscription fee paid by the library. The only requirements are that the Stirling author is the corresponding author and the articles are reporting original research, with eligible article types including: Research articles, Review Articles and Rapid Communications (RRR), plus Brief Reports and Case Reports.

When publishing via this agreement, authors should choose the CC BY licence option.  There is no need to apply to Stirling’s APC Fund or inform the Library when publishing in these journals as the corresponding author.

The “Read and Publish’ deal means that as well as publishing for free, the payment also covers Stirling students and staff being able to read current articles in these journals, as well as providing access to many titles back to 1997 (or to Volume 1 if published later).

The Agreement commences on 1st January 2021 and runs until 31st December 2024.

The University is a member of a number of agreements supporting the move to greater open access for our research, in cost efficient ways – see our Publisher Memberships and Transformative Arrangements page.

Clare Allan
Senior Research Librarian