Publisher Agreements and Memberships

The University has purchased agreements with some publishers enabling researchers to publish their work Open Access at no additional cost to the author or their department. We have also paid for membership schemes with some publishers which give us discounted Open Access fees.Details of current deals and memberships can be found below.

As with other Open Access funding, these deals can be accessed by Liverpool research staff and PGR students only - they are not open to staff on honorary contracts.

Please note that additional publication charges, such as colour charges and page charges, are not included in these agreements. Authors should arrange alternative funding to cover these additional costs before committing to publish.

You can find if specific journals are covered by one of the read and publish deals below with our searchable database of read and publish titles. In some cases, newly-launched titles are not covered in-year by these deals - contact us if you are in any doubt.

American Chemical Society (ends Dec 2024)

Type of deal: Read and Publish uncapped– articles with a Liverpool corresponding author will be published Open Access at no additional cost.

Journals included: All ACS journals, including both hybrid and fully open access journals

Instructions for authors: Ensure that you use your University of Liverpool email address, list University of Liverpool as your affiliation, and select the open access option.

American Institute of Physics (ends Dec 2023)

Type of deal: Read and Publish capped – articles with a Liverpool corresponding author will be published Open Access at no additional cost.

Journals included: All AIP subscriptions journals (AIP’s fully gold open access journals still require individual payment - please fill in a request form before submitting to a fully open access AIP journal)

Instructions for authors: Ensure that you use your University of Liverpool email address,  list University of Liverpool as your affiliation, and select the open access option.

American Physiological Society (ends Dec 2022)

Type of deal: Read and Publish Uncapped – articles with a Liverpool corresponding author will be published Open Access at no additional cost.

Journals included: All APS journals

Instructions for authors: Ensure that you use your University of Liverpool email address and list University of Liverpool as your affiliation.

Bioscientifica (ends Dec 2022)

Type of deal: Read and Publish Uncapped – articles with a Liverpool corresponding author will be published Open Access at no additional cost.

Journals included: All Bioscientifica journals

Instructions for authors: Ensure that you use your University of Liverpool email address and list University of Liverpool as your affiliation.

BMJ (ends Dec 2022)

Type of deal: Read and Publish for funded articles – funded articles with a Liverpool corresponding author will be published Open Access at no additional cost (see "Instructions for authors" on what constitutes a "funded article).

Journals included: All hybrid journals and fully open access titles.

Instructions for authors: Ensure that you use your University of Liverpool email address and list University of Liverpool as your affiliation. Only research articles that acknowledge funding from the UKRI Research Councils, Wellcome Trust, British Heart Foundation, Blood Cancer UK, Parkinson’s UK, Cancer Research UK, Innovate UK and Versus Arthritis are eligible. 

Brill (ends Dec 2022)

Type of deal: Read and Publish Uncapped - articles with a Liverpool corresponding author will be published Open Access at no additional cost.

Journals included: All hybrid and fully gold journals published by Brill.

Instructions for authors: Use your University of Liverpool email address and ensure the University of Liverpool is your institutional affiliation.

Cambridge University Press (CUP) (ends Dec 2024)

Type of deal: Read and Publish – articles with a Liverpool corresponding author will be published Open Access at no additional cost.

Journals included: Most CUP journals are included. A full list is available on the CUP website.

Instructions for authors: Use your University of Liverpool email address and ensure the University of Liverpool is your institutional affiliation.

Cold Spring Harbor (ends Dec 2022)

Type of deal: Read and Publish Uncapped – articles with a Liverpool corresponding author will be published Open Access at no additional cost.

Journals included: Genes & Development, Genome Research, RNA, Learning and Memory

Instructions for authors: Ensure that you use your University of Liverpool email address and list University of Liverpool as your affiliation.

Company of Biologists (ends Dec 2022)

Type of deal: Read and Publish Uncapped – articles with a Liverpool corresponding author will be published Open Access.

Journals included: All Company of Biologists journals are included.

Instructions for authors: Use your University of Liverpool email address and ensure the University of Liverpool is your institutional affiliation.

Elsevier (ends December 2024)

Type of deal: Read and Publish uncapped; articles with a Liverpool corresponding author can be made open access at no further cost.

Journals include: most Elsevier hybrid journals, including those published by the Lancet and Cell Press (note however, that review articles are exempt from the deal in some Lancet and Cell Press titles).

Instructions for authors: ensure that you use your University of Liverpool email address and enter University of Liverpool as your affiliation. You are also required to enter the name of your funder(s) or specifically note there was no external funding.

When presented with the choice of licence, you must select “CC-BY”; if you select any other licence we will not be able to approve the publication and you will become liable for paying for open access.

Note that this deal also provides authors with a 15% discount on articles in Elsevier’s fully gold open access journals. For these journals you must complete a Gold open access payment request before submitting to the journal.

European Respiratory Society (ends Dec 2023)

Type of deal: Read and Publish Uncapped – articles with a Liverpool corresponding author will be published Open Access.

Journals included: European Respiratory Journal, European Respiratory Review, ERJ Open Research.

Instructions for authors: Use your University of Liverpool email address and ensure the University of Liverpool is your institutional affiliation.

Institute of Physics (IOP) (ends Dec 2023)

Type of deal: Read and Publish Uncapped – articles with a Liverpool corresponding author can be made Open Access.

Journals included: All IOP hybrid journals and most IOP fully open access journals are included.

Instructions for authors: Use your University of Liverpool email address and ensure the University of Liverpool is your institutional affiliation.

Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins (ends Dec 2024)

Type of deal: Read and Publish Capped: articles with a Liverpool corresponding author can be made Open Access.

Journals included: All Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins hybrid journals. Note that some LWW journals are strictly paywalled, i.e. they do not publish any open access material.

Instructions for authors: Use your University of Liverpool email address and ensure the University of Liverpool is your institutional affiliation.

Liverpool University Press (LUP) (ongoing)

Type of deal: Prepayment – we have prepaid for 10 APCs.

Journals included: Modern Languages Open only.

Instructions for authors: Use your University of Liverpool email address and ensure the University of Liverpool is your institutional affiliation. Ask LUP for one of the APC vouchers to be applied.   

Microbiology Society (ends Dec 2022)

Type of deal: Read and Publish Uncapped – articles with a Liverpool corresponding author can be made Open Access.

Journals included: All Microbiology Society journals are included.

Instructions for authors: Use your University of Liverpool email address and ensure the University of Liverpool is your institutional affiliation.

Oxford University Press (ends Dec 2023)

Type of deal: Read and Publish Capped – research articles and review articles with an eligible Liverpool corresponding author can be made Open Access.

Journals included: 400+ Hybrid and Fully Open Access journals.

Instructions for authors: Use your University of Liverpool email address and ensure the University of Liverpool is your institutional affiliation. You must choose the option “UK Institution (JISC Affiliated)” when completing the payment process.

Full details of the agreement can be found on the OUP webpages.

PLOS (ends Dec 2023)

Type of deal: Community Action Publishing – articles with a Liverpool corresponding author can be made Open Access.

Journals included: PLOS Medicine and PLOS Biology only.

Instructions for authors: Use your University of Liverpool email address and ensure the University of Liverpool is your institutional affiliation.

PNAS – Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (ends Jun 2023)

Type of deal: Read and Publish Capped – articles with a Liverpool corresponding author will be published Open Access at no additional cost.

Journals included: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Instructions for authors: Ensure that you use your University of Liverpool email address and list the University of Liverpool as your affiliation.

Portland Press (ends Dec 2022)

Type of deal: Read and Publish Uncapped – articles with a Liverpool corresponding author can be made Open Access.

Journals included: All Portland Press journals are included.

Instructions for authors: Use your University of Liverpool email address and ensure the University of Liverpool is your institutional affiliation.

Rockefeller University Press (ends Dec 2023)

Type of deal: Read and Publish Uncapped – articles with a Liverpool corresponding author can be made Open Access.

Journals included: All Rockefeller University Press journals are included.

Instructions for authors: Use your University of Liverpool email address and ensure the University of Liverpool is your institutional affiliation.

Royal Society (ends Dec 2022)

Type of deal: Read and Publish Uncapped – articles with a Liverpool corresponding author can be made Open Access.

Journals included: Any Royal Society published journal.

Instructions for authors: Ensure that you use your University of Liverpool email address and list University of Liverpool as your affiliation.

Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) (ends Dec 2024)

Type of deal: Read and Publish capped – articles with a Liverpool corresponding author will be published Open Access at no additional cost.

Journals included: hybrid journals only (RSC's fully gold open access journals still require individual payment - please fill in a request form before submitting to a fully open access RSCjournal)

Instructions for authors: Ensure that you use your University of Liverpool email address,  list University of Liverpool as your affiliation, and select the open access option.

SAGE (ends Dec 2022)

Type of deal: Read and Publish Uncapped – articles with a Liverpool corresponding author can be made Open Access.

Journals included: All SAGE hybrid journals. We receive a 20% discount on fully gold journal APCs.

Instructions for authors: Use your University of Liverpool email address and ensure the University of Liverpool is your institutional affiliation. If prompted, please ensure you select the CC-BY licence. We cannot fund more restrictive licences such as CC-BY-NC or CC-BY-ND.

Springer (ends Dec 2022)

Type of deal: Read and Publish Uncapped – articles with a Liverpool corresponding author can be made Open Access.

Journals included: Most Springer published hybrid journals. A full list is available on Springer’s website. Please note this deal does not include Biomed Central titles. It does include some Nature Academic titles, though not Nature.

Instructions for authors: Use your University of Liverpool email address and ensure the University of Liverpool is your institutional affiliation.

Taylor and Francis (ends Dec 2023)

Type of deal: Read and Publish Capped – research and review articles with a Liverpool corresponding author will be published Open Access at no additional cost.

Journals included: Open Select journals – more information about eligible journals can be found on the Taylor and Francis website.

Instructions for authors: Ensure that you use your University of Liverpool email address and list University of Liverpool as your affiliation. If offered a choice of creative commons licence you must choose “CC-BY” not “CC-BY-NC-ND”.

Wiley (ends Dec 2023)

Type of deal: Read and Publish Capped – articles with a Liverpool corresponding author can be made Open Access.

Journals included: Most Wiley published hybrid and fully gold journals. A full list is available on Wiley’s website.

Instructions for authors: Use your University of Liverpool email address and ensure the University of Liverpool is your institutional affiliation. You must be the REsponsible Corresponding Author in Wiley's system for your article to be eligible. If prompted, please ensure you select the CC-BY licence. We cannot fund more restrictive licences such as CC-BY-NC or CC-BY-ND. A video explaining how to do this is available.