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Open Access

Your guide to making your research outputs FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reuseable).


As you plan your publications for the remainder of 2021 and into 2022, you should know about emerging opportunities for achieving OA.

Negotiations between Australian universities and publishers are resulting in increased numbers of “Read & Publish” agreements, to provide authors with the opportunity to publish OA immediately upon acceptance, free from any transactional Article Processing Charges (APCs). These arrangements have also been called “transformative agreements”. Some Read & Publish agreements are being managed by the Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) while a few are being managed directly by University of Tasmania Library. These agreements cover the cost of author APCs for participating institutions.

A Read & Publish agreement with the UK-based Microbiology Society is already available (since 2019), and commencing from 1 January 2022 are agreements with:

This CAUL guide is useful for keeping track of those deals as they become available:
From one publisher to another, agreements can vary quite considerably: some have quotas on the number of waived APCs, some include all journals and others include a limited range of journals, some require Creative Commons licences (e.g. CC-BY) etc. Details of each agreement can be found in the CAUL guide, along with specific title lists.

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In general, the submission process for articles in journals included in Read & Publish agreements will look something like this: