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Open Access Resources: Open Access Read & Publish Deals

Open Access Publishing Deals

Library and Learning Resources currently subscribes to several national ‘read and publish’ deals negotiated by Jisc, who is active in negotiating with publishers across HE.

These deals allow for BCU staff and students to not only have ‘read’ access to the material (in the normal way we access online resources), but also allow BCU researchers to publish Gold Open Access articles in selected journals without incurring article processing charges. All these deals have different criteria and restrictions. Please check the individual tabs on the right for each deal, and make sure that both your article and the journal are eligible before you submit a funding request. You can use this simple search on Sherpa to find out whether the journal you want to publish in is eligible for APC funding under these deals.

For help and support:

Read and Publish Databases (NB not all journal titles are included in publishing deals)


These links are for the full publisher databases, which include many journals which do not support free publication.

Read and Publish Deals: check here for eligible journals

Wiley Jisc Agreement - March 2020 - December 2023

Author eligibility: The corresponding author must be affiliated with Birmingham City University

Article eligibility: Primary research and review articles. 

Journal eligibility: Over 230 completely Open Access journals listed at (Excel download), plus over 1400 hybrid journals offering OnlineOpen listed at (Excel download).

How to access: You will need to follow one of two workflows depending on the journal type. In both cases you will need to identify yourself as belonging to BCU while you are submitting your article so that we receive the funding request via the university’s Wiley Online Open Access account. The workflow for publishing in a completely Open Access journal is at, and the workflow for publishing OnlineOpen in a hybrid journal is at

More information:

Cambridge University Press Jisc Agreement – January 2021- December 2024

Author eligibility: The corresponding author must be affiliated with Birmingham City University

Article eligibility: Research articles, review articles and rapid communications –see definitions at

Journals covered: Over 370 journals listed at (Excel download)

How to access: You will need to submit your article using your BCU details (ideally your ORCID iD) and then fill in the journal’s Open Access publishing agreement and select a Creative Commons Licence. The library will then receive the funding request via the Rightslink platform.

More information:

Taylor & Francis Jisc Agreement – January 2022 - December 2023

Author eligibility: The corresponding author must be affiliated with Birmingham City University

Article eligibility: Original research papers; not editorials, announcements or book reviews.  

Journal eligibility: 2,300 T&F Open Select (hybrid OA) journals: Fully OA journals are not covered.

How to access: You will need to identify yourself as affiliated with BCU, for instance by submitting your article with your email address. When your article is accepted, it will appear on the library’s funding dashboard for approval. Look out for emails from T&F keeping you up to date with the process. Here is an infographic explaining the process:

How to publish with Taylor and Francis: Use Taylor & Francis Journal Suggester ( and copy/paste your abstracts and get a list of journal suggestions to publish in. 

More information:

Elsevier Jisc Agreement – April 2022 - December 2024

Author eligibility: The corresponding author must be affiliated with Birmingham City University. This will be easiest for us to check if you submit using your BCU email address.

Article eligibility: Primary research and review articles that have an acceptance date between 2022 and 2024.

Journal eligibility: Only hybrid journals are covered by this deal. Please check before submitting that the journal you have chosen is on this list: When you submit your article, you should see the following message: 

Please indicate your Publishing Options
This is a hybrid journal. The journal publishes both subscription and OA articles. We will present your personalized Publishing Options based on the Affiliations and Funding details you have given us. Please note that at this stage in your submission, you are only indicating your preference. We will ask you to make a final choice after the journal has accepted your manuscript.

Fully-Open-Access journals are not covered and the library will not be able to fund the Article Processing Charge. These journals are listed here: . If you wish to publish in one of these journals, you will need another source of funding to cover the APC.
In addition, some journals will have additional fees such as submission or editorial fees. These are not covered by this deal and will invoice the author directly, so please check before you submit.

How to access: Please double-check when you submit your article that it is a primary research article in an eligible journal (see above). When you submit your article, if it is eligible, you should be given this publishing option:

These are the available publishing options.

If the journal accepts your article, you can change your mind about these options.

Note: editors and reviewers can only see your selection after acceptance.

Elsevier may also contact you after acceptance and ask you to fill in a ‘rights and access form’ with OA publication options. Again, you should see a statement like the example above saying that as an author affiliated with BCU, the UK JISC Elsevier Transitional agreement will cover the APC.

More information:  Please see Elsevier’s page about the deal here:

Springer Compact Jisc Agreement

The Springer Compact read-and-publish deal came to an end after December 2022. The library is not currently able to fund Article Processing Charges but negotiations for a new deal are ongoing.

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