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Open Access (Transformative) Publisher Agreements

Open Access (Transformative) Publisher Agreements enable papers to be published Open Access by researchers and staff at Teesside University.  These agreements cover the cost of the article processing charge required to publish in the journals included in the 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.

Terms of the agreements:

In each of these agreements:

  • All staff and students of the University may read journals published in the agreements.
  • Corresponding authors must be PhD researchers or member of staff at the University. Please use your University email account when submitting your article.
  • Articles submitted to be published in the agreements must be original research or review articles.

Please note:

  • We do not have a central instutional fund for open access payments that fall outside of these agreements.
  • Article Processing Charges  (APCs ): not all of the journals in these agreements (listed below) allow for fully open access publishing and may charge an APC.  Please note that the the library does not hold any funding for APCs.
  • Taylor and Francis apply VAT on top of 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 wish to publish your research article Open Access.
  • Former members of staff, honorary members of staff, visitors or undergraduates are not eligible to use these agreements.
For help and advice on Open Access publishing please contact:

Publisher Agreements

Please see below for author instructions and lists of eligible journals for each of the publishing agreements we have in place at Teesside with the exception of Taylor and Francis (T&F). If you wish to publish in a journal from T&F please contact: 

ACM Open
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