Stirling joins BMJ Publishing Agreement: free Open Access Publishing for our authors

Stirling has joined the BMJ Publishing ”Publish and Read” Agreement for 2022.

This means in return for a one-off payment by the Library, Stirling authors will have free uncapped open access publishing in most BMJ journals covering a broad selection of health and medical specialities. See the full list of journals.

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 article is an original research article.

The “Publish and Read’ Agreement means that as well as publishing for free, the payment also covers Stirling students and staff being able to read current articles and the archive of older journal volumes.

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 Agreement will be retrospective from 1st January 2022 and runs until 31st December 2022.

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