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Open Access (Transformative) Publisher Agreements

Open Access (Transformative) Publisher Agreements enable papers to be published Gold Open Access by Researchers or Corresponding authors at Teesside University.  These agreements cover the cost of the article processing charge required to publish in the journals included in the agreements. Please note:  Papers with a Corresponding Author who is an honorary member of staff, visitor, or otherwise affiliated with linked organisations (eg NHS trusts) is not eligible to use these agreements.

Transformative agreements are a way for publishers to transition their traditional subscription journals to fully open access. These agreements are sometimes called 'Read and Publish'.  The costs of open access are part of an overall Teesside payment covering both subscriptions (Read) and open access publishing (Publish). The open access charges are part of the agreement: however there may be an additional VAT cost when a paper is published.

Terms of the Agreements

In each of these agreements all staff and students of the University may read journals published in the agreements and all researchers/staff in the University may publish articles in the journals without incurring any article processing charge, however VAT on the article processing charge may be applied.

Article Processing Charges  (APCs ): Not all of the journals in these agreements allow for fully open access publishing and may charge an APC.  Please note that the the library does not hold any funding for APCs.
VAT : It has recently emerged that VAT will be applied the the cost of an APC.  SLS does not hold any funding to pay this VAT. Please ensure you have funding in place to pay the VAT if you will to publish your research article Open Access. Please email: if you have any queries.

Publisher Agreements

Cambridge University Press (CUP)
Microbiology Society
Royal Society of Chemistry

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)

The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) index over 15,000 journals. It aims to "increase the visibility, accessibility, reputation, usage and impact of quality, peer-reviewed, open access scholarly research journals". (DOAJ, 2020). 

Not sure where to publish?

Not sure where to publish?

JournalGuide offers help in choosing which journal is best for your research:

Beware : Predatory Journals 

Predatory journals have been described as being fraudulent journals which exploit the open-access model in which they aim to  make a profit by convincing authors to pay an article processing charge.  Predatory publishers will publish research for a fee without providing peer- review or other editorial services.  This allows for inaccurate information to enter the body of research and hinders scientific progress.

Use the Think, Check, Submit guide to help you avoid falling into the predatory publishing trap.

San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA)

Teesside University is one of the 2,430 organisational signatories of DORA, which is a declaration that challenges the role played by the Journal Impact Factor (JIF) as the main means for evaluating science.

British Library Scholarly Communications Toolkit

British Library Guide to publishing research