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 staff (though not honorary staff) and PGR students only.

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.

Find out about the current state of negotiations with Elsevier for a read and publish agreement.

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.

American Chemical Society (ends Dec 2021)

Please note that the article cap for this agreement has now been reached. Open Access publishing in ACS subscription journals is therefore not possible at this time. We can still support Open Access publication in the small number of ACS journals that are fully open.

Negotiations are currently ongoing between the ACS and Jisc, acting on behalf of the UK university sector, to achieve an affordable read and publish agreement. This information will be updated as those negotiations progress.
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)

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.

Transformative deal compliant with the Wellcome Open Access Policy 

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.

Transformative deal compliant with the Wellcome Open Access Policy

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.

Transformative deal compliant with the Wellcome Open Access Policy

BMJ (ends Dec 2021)

Negotiations are currently ongoing between BMJ and Jisc, acting on behalf of the UK university sector, to achieve an affordable read and publish agreement. This information will be updated as those negotiations progress.

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.

Journals included: All hybrid journals within the BMJ standard collection.

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, BHF, Blood Cancer, Parkinson’s UK, Cancer Research UK and Versus Arthritis are eligible.  

Transformative deal compliant with the Wellcome Open Access Policy

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.

Transformative deal compliant with the Wellcome Open Access Policy

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.

Transformative deal compliant with the Wellcome Open Access Policy

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.

Transformative deal compliant with the Wellcome Open Access Policy

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.

Transformative deal compliant with the Wellcome Open Access Policy

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 are included.

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

Transformative deal compliant with the Wellcome Open Access Policy

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.

Transformative deal compliant with the Wellcome Open Access Policy

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.

Transformative deal compliant with the Wellcome Open Access Policy

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.

Transformative deal compliant with the Wellcome Open Access Policy

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.

Transformative deal compliant with the Wellcome Open Access policy

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.

Transformative deal compliant with the Wellcome Open Access Policy

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.

Transformative deal compliant with the Wellcome Open Access Policy

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.

Transformative deal compliant with the Wellcome Open Access Policy

Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) (ends Dec 2021)

Negotiations are currently ongoing between the RSC and Jisc, acting on behalf of the UK university sector, to achieve an affordable read and publish agreement. This information will be updated as those negotiations progress.


Transformative deal compliant with the Wellcome Open Access Policy

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.

Transformative deal compliant with the Wellcome Open Access Policy

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.

Transformative deal compliant with the Wellcome Open Access Policy

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”.

Transformative deal compliant with the Wellcome Open Access Policy

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. 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.

Transformative deal compliant with the Wellcome Open Access Policy