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Transformative agreements

What is a transformative agreement? 

This is an agreement between a publisher and an institution that allows affiliated, corresponding authors to publish their research open access in selected journals. They are sometimes referred to as read and publish deals or transformative/transitional agreements. Essentially, the cost for open access publishing will have been met centrally, and so there is no additional cost to the author 

What transformative agreements does Solent University have?

Solent University currently has agreements in place with the following publishers: 

The University has an agreement with Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) which runs from 2 February 2023 to 31 December 2025. This agreement applies to corresponding authors at Solent University publishing research articles. See the publisher’s website for the full list of titles that are included: https://libraries.acm.org/subscriptions-access/publications-eligible-for-oa#Journals%20and%20Magazines 

The University has an agreement with BMJ (British Medical Journal) which runs from 1 January 2023 to 31 December 2024. This agreement applies to corresponding authors at Solent University publishing research and review articles. See the publisher’s website for the full list of titles that are included: https://authors.bmj.com/open-access-unitedkingdom/ 

The University has an agreement with Cambridge University Press (CUP)  which runs from 22 February 2021 to 31 December 2024. This agreement applies to corresponding authors at the Solent University publishing research articles, rapid communications, review articles, brief reports, case reports. To search for journal titles included, see the publisher’s website: https://www.cambridge.org/core/services/open-access-policies/waivers-discounts  

The University has an agreement with Elsevier which runs from 25 March 2022 until 31 December 2024. This agreement applies to corresponding authors at Solent University. For a full list of article types included, and to search for journal titles included, see the publisher’s website: https://www.elsevier.com/open-access/agreements/jisc 

Update - The Wiley Jisc Read and Publish Open Access 2020-2023 agreement ended on 31 December 2023, and the renewal is still being negotiated. For further help, email: pure@solent.ac.uk

The University has an agreement with Wiley which runs from 17 February 2020 until 31 December 2023. This agreement applies to corresponding authors at Solent University publishing primary research and review articles. To search for journal titles included, see the publisher’s website: https://authorservices.wiley.com/author-resources/Journal-Authors/open-access/affiliation-policies-payments/jisc-agreement.html  

Who can use our transformative agreements?

These agreements can be used by all current staff and students at Solent University, who are the corresponding author of research and review papers. Use your Solent University email in your application to allow the publisher to identify your paper as eligible for the agreement. 

Can I select the licence? 

Some publishers will offer you the choice of licence upon submission, otherwise the default will be CC BY. If you are a funded author (e.g. UKRI, Wellcome Trust), you are required to select a CC BY licence if this isn't selected for you. Check the process with your funder to request a different licence other than CC BY if required. If you are not funded, you can choose the licence, however we recommend that you select CC BY licence to maximise the re-use potential of the research. For more advice, email pure@solent.ac.uk