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.

These deals can only be accessed by authors affiliated with the University of Liverpool. They do not apply to XJTLU staff or students. If you are unsure whether you qualify, please contact the Open Access Team.

Please note that additional publication charges, such as colour charges and page charges, are not included in these agreements. Submission charges are not included in these agreements either. 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.  When searching the database, note that:

- in some cases, newly-launched titles are not covered in-year by these agreements 

- titles from publishers we haven't yet signed contracts with (e.g. during agreement negotiations) won't be listed

 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 2025)

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 Meteorological 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 AMS journals, including the Bulletin of the AMS (BAMS).

Instructions for authors: Ensure that you use your University of Liverpool email address and list University of Liverpool as your affiliation. More information at the AMS Author Information hub.

American Physiological 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 APS journals

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

American Psychological Association (ends Dec 2024)

Type of deal: Articles with a Liverpool corresponding author can be made Open Access.

Journals included 87 APA journals and 15 Hogrefe journals): .

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

ACM - Association for Computing Machinery (ends Dec 2025)

Type of deal: Read and Publish uncapped: articles and conference proceedings with a Liverpool corresponding author can be published Open Access at no additional cost to authors.

Journals included: The full portfolio of ACM journals and conference proceedings.

Instructions for authors: Ensure you use your University of Liverpool email address and list University of Liverpool as your affiliation. When given the choice of Creative Commons licence, you must select “Creative Commons – Attribution”.

American Physical Society (ends Dec 2025)

Type of deal: Articles with a Liverpool corresponding author can be made Open Access.

Journals included: Find the list of eligible journals here.

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

John Benjamins (ends December 2024)

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

Journals included: The full portfolio of John Benjamins journals.

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

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 2024)

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: Hybrid journals and fully open access titles, though only for "funded" authors (see below).

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 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 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 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: 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 2024)

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 Jan 2024)

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.

Future Science Group (ends Dec 2025)

Type of deal: Articles with a Liverpool corresponding author can be made Open Access.

Journals included: Find the list of eligible journals.

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

Geological Society (ends Dec 2025)

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

Journals included: All current Geological Society journals.

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 2024)

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 2024)

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 December 2025)

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: While the new agreement is pending, a gracing period is in place so that authors may access the agreement in the following way. 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 2024)

Types of deal: We have 2 types of deals with PLOS. Each package contains different journals so please ensure you check both deals 1 and 2 to see if your chosen journal is included.

Deal 1: 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.

Deal 2: Pre-paid flat fee (the library has paid a flat fee to enable researchers to publish at no cost to themselves); articles with a Liverpool corresponding author can be made Open Access.

Journals included: PLOS ONE, PLOS Genetics, PLOS Pathogens, PLOS Computational Biology, PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, and PLOS Digital Health PLOS Complex Systems.

PNAS; Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (ends permanently Dec 2023)

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

Portland Press (ends Dec 2025)

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.

Radiological Society of North America (ends Dec 2024)

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

Journals included: Radiology is the sole journal covered by this agreement.

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

Rockefeller University Press (ends permanently Dec 2023)

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 2024)

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 Nature (ends Dec 2025)

Type of deal: Articles with a Liverpool corresponding author can be made Open Access.

Journals included: Most Springer Nature published hybrid journals, including those in the Springer, Nature, and Palgrave Macmillan portfolios. Be sure to check our database of read and publish titles to ensure your journal is covered. 

Please note this deal does not include Biomed Central titles, for which you would need to complete a request form before submitting to your journal.

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

Society for Neuroscience (ends Dec 2024)

Type of deal: Articles with a Liverpool corresponding author can be made Open Access.

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

Taylor and Francis (Ends 31 December 2025)

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 2025)

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. Please note that a small number of journals still carry page and colour charges for publishing.

Wolters Kluwer Health Ltd (ends Dec 2024)

Type of deal: Articles with a Liverpool corresponding author can be made Open Access.

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