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Transformative agreements

Open research – the context for transformative agreements.

The University of Manchester Library is committed to supporting the global open research agenda, a key element within the University’s Our Future strategy. An important aspect of this commitment is engaging with publishers to support the movement away from subscription-based Big Deals, and towards a more open and equitable model of scholarly publishing.

Many subscription-based publishers have signalled their commitment to transitioning their business models by proposing 'transformative agreements,’ where institutional spend on subscriptions is transferred to spend on Open Access publishing instead. 

This page details the transformative agreements currently available for Manchester corresponding authors. These agreements allow journal articles to be published immediately Open Access at no cost to the author.

Not sure if the journal you're submitting to is included in a transformative agreement? Just add the title or ISSN to the Plan S Journal Checker Tool and you'll be presented with your publishing options. If "transformative agreement" is one of them, we have a deal in place.

Active agreements. 

American Chemical Society (ACS)

How the agreement works

  • Review and original research articles can be published immediately Open Access at no cost to the author
  • Agreement applies to all ACS journals, both Open Access and subscription-based
  • Agreement applies to both funded and unfunded papers
  • Corresponding author must be affiliated with The University of Manchester
  • Deal covers full cost of APC

How to access the agreement

  • During the submission process, state that you are affiliated with the University of Manchester and use your university email address
  • When completing the Journal Publishing Agreement, select the option to 'Yes I wish to publish Open Access as per the agreement'

Publisher’s portfolio – which disciplines can benefit from this agreement?

This publisher’s portfolio is focused on chemistry and materials science.

More information and support

The Library’s Open Access team can provide further information on this agreement and related enquiries. Please use the Open Access enquiry form to contact the team: 

Your Faculty Engagement Librarian will work in partnership with you to ensure the Library is meeting your teaching and research needs. 

Berghahn

How the agreement works

  • Review and original research articles can be published immediately Open Access at no cost to the author through Berghahn’s ‘subscribe to open’ model 

  • Agreement applies to Berghahn’s Open Anthro collection of 13 journals 

  • Agreement applies to both funded and unfunded papers 

  • Corresponding author must be affiliated with The University of Manchester 

  • Deal covers full cost of APC 

How to access the agreement

  • During the submission process, state that you are affiliated with the University of Manchester 

  • Submit your manuscript to the appropriate journal, via the 'Submit' tab on each journal homepage  

  • Once your paper is accepted for publication select your preferred Creative Commons licence 

Publisher’s portfolio – which disciplines can benefit from this agreement?

This publisher’s portfolio is focused on social anthropology.  

More information and support

The Library’s Open Access team can provide further information on this agreement and related enquiries. Please use the Open Access enquiry form to contact the team: 

Your Faculty Engagement Librarian will work in partnership with you to ensure the Library is meeting your teaching and research needs. 

BMJ

How the agreement works

  • Review and original research articles can be published immediately Open Access at no cost to the author

  • Agreement applies to all of BMJ’s subscription-based journals and fully Open Access journals, including the flagship BMJ journal. You can check the list of eligible journals by selecting The University of Manchester on the publisher’s transformative agreement page

  • Agreement applies only to papers acknowledging funding from UKRI; The Wellcome Trust; CRUK; BHF; Blood Cancer UK; Parkinson's UK; or Versus Arthritis

  • Corresponding author must be affiliated with The University of Manchester 

  • Deal covers full cost of APC 

How to access the agreement

During the submission process, state that you are affiliated with the University of Manchester 

Publisher’s portfolio - which disciplines can benefit from this agreement?

This publisher’s portfolio is focused on medicine. You can check the list of eligible journals by selecting The University of Manchester on the publisher’s transformative agreement page

The Library’s Open Access team can provide further information on this agreement and related enquiries. Please use the Open Access enquiry form to contact the team: 

Your Faculty Engagement Librarian will work in partnership with you to ensure the Library is meeting your teaching and research needs. 

Brill

How the agreement works

  • Review and original research articles can be published immediately Open Access at no cost to the author

  • Agreement applies to all Brill journals, both Open Access and subscription-based 

  • Agreement applies to both funded and unfunded papers 

  • Corresponding author must be affiliated with The University of Manchester 

  • Deal covers full cost of APC 

How to access the agreement

During the submission process, state that you are affiliated with the University of Manchester 

Publisher’s portfolio – which disciplines can benefit from this agreement?

This publisher’s focus is Humanities and Social Sciences, International Law and selected areas in the sciences. Brill’s portfolio includes journals covering languages, literature, history, religious studies, philosophy, geography, law, international relations and biology. 

More information and support

The Library’s Open Access team can provide further information on this agreement and related enquiries. Please use the Open Access enquiry form to contact the team: 

Your Faculty Engagement Librarian will work in partnership with you to ensure the Library is meeting your teaching and research needs. 

Cambridge University Press (CUP)

How the agreement works

  • Review and original research articles can be published immediately Open Access at no cost to the author

  • Agreement applies to all CUP journals, both Open Access and subscription-based 

  • Agreement applies to both funded and unfunded papers 

  • Corresponding author must be affiliated with The University of Manchester 

  • Deal covers full cost of APC 

How to access the agreement

During the submission process, state that you are affiliated with the University of Manchester 

Publisher’s portfolio – which disciplines can benefit from this agreement?

This publisher has a wide-ranging portfolio, covering many disciplines supported at The University of Manchester, from the Humanities to the Sciences. Please see CUP’s website to browse subject areas

More information and support

The Library’s Open Access team can provide further information on this agreement and related enquiries. Please use the Open Access enquiry form to contact the team: 

Your Faculty Engagement Librarian will work in partnership with you to ensure the Library is meeting your teaching and research needs. 

 

The Company of Biologists

How the agreement works

  • Review and original research articles can be published immediately Open Access at no cost to the author

  • Agreement applies to all the publisher’s three subscription journals plus the two fully Open Access journals, ‘Disease Models & Mechanisms’ and ‘Biology Open’ 
  • Agreement applies to both funded and unfunded papers 

  • Corresponding author must be affiliated with The University of Manchester 

  • Deal covers full cost of APC 

How to access the agreement

  • A step-by-step guide to article submission is available via the publisher’s website 

  • During the submission process, state that you are affiliated with the University of Manchester, and use your institutional email address 

  • If you are submitting an article to the subscription-based journals ‘Development,’ ‘Journal of Cell Science’ or ‘Journal of Experimental Biology’, select ‘Gold Open Access’ and ‘Read & Publish fee waiver.’ (This step is not required when submitting to the fully Open Access journals ‘Disease Models & Mechanisms’ and ‘Biology Open’.) 

Publisher’s portfolio – which disciplines can benefit from this agreement?

This publisher’s portfolio is focused on biology and biological sciences. 

More information and support

The Library’s Open Access team can provide further information on this agreement and related enquiries. Please use the Open Access enquiry form to contact the team: 

Your Faculty Engagement Librarian will work in partnership with you to ensure the Library is meeting your teaching and research needs. 

 

De Gruyter

How the agreement works

  • Review and original research articles can be published immediately Open Access at no cost to the author

  • Agreement applies to all of De Gruyter’s 340 subscription-based journals 

  • Fully Open Access journals are excluded from this agreement 

  • Agreement applies to both funded and unfunded papers 

  • Corresponding author must be affiliated with The University of Manchester 

  • Deal covers full cost of APC 

How to access the agreement

During the submission process, state that you are affiliated with the University of Manchester 

Publisher’s portfolio – which disciplines can benefit from this agreement?

This publisher’s focus is Humanities and Social Sciences with some scientific content. De Gruyter’s journal portfolio covers 29 subject areas, from Ancient Studies to Zoology.  

More information and support

The Library’s Open Access team can provide further information on this agreement and related enquiries. Please use the Open Access enquiry form to contact the team: 

Your Faculty Engagement Librarian will work in partnership with you to ensure the Library is meeting your teaching and research needs. 

Elsevier

How the agreement works

  • Review and original research articles can be published immediately Open Access at no cost to the author
  • Agreement applies to all Elsevier, Cell Press and Lancet subscription journals offering ‘hybrid’ Open Access 
  • Agreement applies to both funded and unfunded papers accepted in 2022. (Elsevier will be offering retrospective Open Access for eligible articles accepted prior to the deal going live). 
  • Corresponding author must be affiliated with The University of Manchester  
  • Agreement does not apply to fully Open Access journals, but a discount is available when publishing in these titles, and the Library may be able to support payment of Article Processing Charges (APCs) – authors should use the Open Access enquiry form to check with the Library’s Open Access team prior to submitting papers for publication   

How to access the agreement

  • During the submission process, state that you are affiliated with The University of Manchester and use your university email address  
  • When presented with publishing options, select ‘Gold Open Access: Publish as an Open Access article’ 
  • The publishing options screen should show that, for authors affiliated with The University of Manchester, the agreement between Jisc and Elsevier will cover the APC 
  • Upon acceptance, complete Elsevier’s ‘Rights and Access’ form, again select the option for ‘Gold Open Access: Publish as an Open Access article’
  • Select the CC BY 4.0 licence 
  • Article will be published Open Access via the journal website within 24 hours 

Publisher’s portfolio – which disciplines can benefit from this agreement? 

This publisher has a wide-ranging portfolio of journals covering most disciplines supported at The University of Manchester, from the Humanities to the Sciences. 

More information and support

The Library’s Open Access team can provide further information on this agreement and related enquiries. Please use the Open Access enquiry form to contact the team:  

Your Faculty Engagement Librarian will work in partnership with you to ensure the Library is meeting your teaching and research needs.  

The Geological Society of London

How the agreement works

  • Review and original research articles can be published immediately Open Access at no cost to the author

  • Agreement applies to 7 hybrid journals and 3 hybrid book series - see the publisher's website for the full list of participating publications

  • Agreement applies to both funded and unfunded papers 

  • Corresponding author must be affiliated with The University of Manchester 

  • Deal covers full cost of APC 

How to access the agreement

  • Corresponding authors should ensure that they use their University of Manchester email address in order to be identified as eligible for the agreement

Publisher’s portfolio – which disciplines can benefit from this agreement?

This publisher’s portfolio is focused on topics within geology.

More information and support

The Library’s Open Access team can provide further information on this agreement and related enquiries. Please use the Open Access enquiry form to contact the team: 

Your Faculty Engagement Librarian will work in partnership with you to ensure the Library is meeting your teaching and research needs.

Institute of Physics Publishing (IOPP)

How the agreement works

  • Review and original research articles can be published immediately Open Access at no cost to the author

  • Agreement applies to a large number of journals – please check this webpage for details: https://publishingsupport.iopscience.iop.org/questions/open-access-uk/   

  • Agreement applies to both funded and unfunded papers 

  • Corresponding author must be affiliated with The University of Manchester 

How to access the agreement

During the submission process, state that you are affiliated with the University of Manchester 

Publisher’s portfolio – which disciplines can benefit from this agreement?

This publisher’s portfolio includes journals covering physics, materials science, biosciences, astronomy and astrophysics, environmental sciences, mathematics and education. 

More information and support

The Library’s Open Access team can provide further information on this agreement and related enquiries. Please use the Open Access enquiry form to contact the team: 

Your Faculty Engagement Librarian will work in partnership with you to ensure the Library is meeting your teaching and research needs. 

Karger

How the agreement works

  • All articles can be published immediately Open Access at no cost to the author

  • Agreement applies to all Karger journals, both Open Access and subscription-based 

  • Agreement applies to both funded and unfunded papers 

  • Corresponding author must be affiliated with The University of Manchester 

  • Deal covers full cost of APC 

How to access the agreement

During the submission process, state that you are affiliated with the University of Manchester 

Publisher’s portfolio – which disciplines can benefit from this agreement?

This publisher’s focus is medicine, with its journal portfolio covering most of the medical spectrum of subject areas. 

More information and support

The Library’s Open Access team can provide further information on this agreement and related enquiries. Please use the Open Access enquiry form to contact the team: 

Your Faculty Engagement Librarian will work in partnership with you to ensure the Library is meeting your teaching and research needs. 

The Microbiology Society

How the agreement works

  • Review and original research articles can be published immediately Open Access at no cost to the author

  • Agreement applies to all Microbiology Society journals, both Open Access and subscription-based   

  • Agreement applies to both funded and unfunded papers 

  • Corresponding author must be affiliated with The University of Manchester 

  • Deal covers full cost of APC 

How to access the agreement

  • The publisher will notify corresponding authors from participating institutions of the deal through the manuscript peer review process. 

  • To facilitate this, please state that you are affiliated with the University of Manchester during the submission process 

Publisher’s portfolio – which disciplines can benefit from this agreement?

This publisher’s portfolio is focused on topics within microbiology. 

More information and support

The Library’s Open Access team can provide further information on this agreement and related enquiries. Please use the Open Access enquiry form to contact the team: 

Your Faculty Engagement Librarian will work in partnership with you to ensure the Library is meeting your teaching and research needs. 

Oxford University Press

How the agreement works

  • Research and review articles can be published immediately Open Access at no cost to the author

  • Agreement applies to 350 hybrid OA journals and 100 fully OA journals in the OUP portfolio. See list on the OUP website for more information.

  • Agreement applies to both funded and unfunded papers 

  • Corresponding author must be affiliated with The University of Manchester 

  • Deal covers full cost of APC 

How to access the agreement

  • Once an article has been accepted for publication, authors should choose an Open Access Licence (e.g. CC BY) via OUP's online licensing and payment system
  • In order to make use of the agreement, authors should select ‘UK institutions (Jisc affiliated)’ from the dropdown box, and check the box against
    the open access charge. Then select ‘Refer Charges’

Publisher’s portfolio – which disciplines can benefit from this agreement?

This publisher has a wide-ranging portfolio, covering many disciplines supported at The University of Manchester, from the Humanities to the Sciences. Please see OUP’s website to browse subject areas

More information and support

The Library’s Open Access team can provide further information on this agreement and related enquiries. Please use the Open Access enquiry form to contact the team: 

Your Faculty Engagement Librarian will work in partnership with you to ensure the Library is meeting your teaching and research needs. 

Public Library of Science (PLoS) Collective Action Publishing (CAP)

How the agreement works

  • Review and original research articles can be published immediately Open Access at no cost to the author
  • Agreement applies to two journals only: PLoS Medicine and PLoS Biology 
  • All other PLoS journals are excluded from this agreement 
  • Agreement applies to both funded and unfunded papers 
  • Corresponding author must be affiliated with The University of Manchester 
  • Deal covers full cost of APC 

How to access the agreement

During the submission process, state that you are affiliated with the University of Manchester 

Publisher’s portfolio – which disciplines can benefit from this agreement?

This agreement applies to two journals: PLoS Medicine and PLoS Biology. 

More information and support

The Library’s Open Access team can provide further information on this agreement and related enquiries. Please use the Open Access enquiry form to contact the team: 

Your Faculty Engagement Librarian will work in partnership with you to ensure the Library is meeting your teaching and research needs. 

Rockefeller University Press

How the agreement works

  • Review and original research articles can be published immediately Open Access at no cost to the author

  • Agreement applies to all three Rockefeller University Press subscription-based journals

  • Agreement applies to both funded and unfunded papers 

  • Corresponding author must be affiliated with The University of Manchester 

  • Deal covers full cost of APC 

How to access the agreement

During the submission process, corresponding authors must use their institutional email address in order to be identified as eligible for the deal. 

Publisher’s portfolio – which disciplines can benefit from this agreement?

This publisher’s portfolio is focused on the life sciences and biomedicine.

More information and support

The Library’s Open Access team can provide further information on this agreement and related enquiries. Please use the Open Access enquiry form to contact the team: 

Your Faculty Engagement Librarian will work in partnership with you to ensure the Library is meeting your teaching and research needs.

The Royal Society

How the agreement works

  • Review and original research articles can be published immediately Open Access at no cost to the author

  • Agreement applies to all Royal Society journals, both Open Access and subscription-based 

  • Agreement applies to both funded and unfunded papers 

  • Corresponding author must be affiliated with The University of Manchester 

  • Deal covers full cost of APC 

How to access the agreement

During the submission process, corresponding authors must use their institutional email address in order to be identified as eligible for the deal. 

Publisher’s portfolio – which disciplines can benefit from this agreement?

This publisher’s portfolio covers the whole spectrum of science. 

More information and support

The Library’s Open Access team can provide further information on this agreement and related enquiries. Please use the Open Access enquiry form to contact the team: 

Your Faculty Engagement Librarian will work in partnership with you to ensure the Library is meeting your teaching and research needs. 

Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)

How the agreement works

  • Review and original research articles can be published immediately Open Access at no cost to the author

  • Agreement applies to peer-reviewed article types (full papers, communications, and reviews).  

  • Agreement applies to all RSC subscription-based journals 

  • Agreement applies to both funded and unfunded papers 

  • Corresponding author must be affiliated with The University of Manchester 

  • Deal covers full cost of APC 

  • Agreement does not apply to Editorials or Corrections; or fully Open Access journals. 

How to access the agreement

  • During the submission process, the Corresponding Author must use their University email address to be identified as eligible for the deal 
  • Papers identified as eligible for the deal through article type and institutional email will be automatically published Open Access
  • If the paper acknowledges funding from UKRI, the Wellcome Trust, CRUK or BHF, please ensure that the CC-BY licence is selected to ensure compliance with funders' Open Access policies

Publisher’s portfolio – which disciplines can benefit from this agreement?

This publisher’s portfolio spans the core chemical sciences and related fields. 

More information and support

The Library’s Open Access team can provide further information on this agreement and related enquiries. Please use the Open Access enquiry form to contact the team: 

Your Faculty Engagement Librarian will work in partnership with you to ensure the Library is meeting your teaching and research needs. 

SAGE

How the agreement works

  • Review and original research articles can be published immediately Open Access at no cost to the author

  • Agreement applies to subscription-based journals offering SAGE Choice Open Access, as well as subscription-based journals in the IMechE Journal Collection and the Royal Society of Medicine Collection. You can find a list of the participating journals here

  • Agreement applies to both funded and unfunded papers 

  • Corresponding author must be affiliated with The University of Manchester 

How to access the agreement

  • During the submission process, state that you are affiliated with the University of Manchester 

  • Once your article is accepted, SAGE will invite you to the SAGE Open Access Portal where you can select to publish your article Open Access for no additional charge 

  • Authors should complete SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement on acceptance as normal. An Open Access Contributor’s Agreement will replace this once you select Open Access in the SAGE Portal 

  • If you have a choice of Creative Commons licence, the University encourages authors to select the Creative Commons by Attribution (CC-BY) licence 

Publisher’s portfolio – which disciplines can benefit from this agreement?

This publisher’s portfolio is primarily focused on disciplines within the Humanities and Social Sciences, but does include some science and medicine titles. 

More information and support

The Library’s Open Access team can provide further information on this agreement and related enquiries. Please use the Open Access enquiry form to contact the team: 

Your Faculty Engagement Librarian will work in partnership with you to ensure the Library is meeting your teaching and research needs. 

Springer Compact

How the agreement works

  • Review and original research articles can be published immediately Open Access at no cost to the author

  • Agreement applies to Springer Open Choice journals offering the CC-BY licence and 38 Nature Academic journals 

  • Agreement does not apply to BMC journals or most Nature titles 

  • Agreement applies to both funded and unfunded papers 

  • Corresponding author must be affiliated with The University of Manchester 

How to access the agreement

  • During the submission process, state that you are affiliated with the University of Manchester and use your university email address 

Publisher’s portfolio – which disciplines can benefit from this agreement?

This publisher has a wide-ranging portfolio of journals covering most disciplines supported at The University of Manchester, from the Humanities to the Sciences. 

More information and support

The Library’s Open Access team can provide further information on this agreement and related enquiries. Please use the Open Access enquiry form to contact the team: 

Your Faculty Engagement Librarian will work in partnership with you to ensure the Library is meeting your teaching and research needs. 

Taylor and Francis

How the agreement works

  • Review and original research articles can be published immediately Open Access at no cost to the author
  • Agreement applies to most subscription-based ‘Open Select’ Taylor & Francis journals only. 35 subscription-based journals are excluded from the agreement – see list below for details
  • Agreement does not apply to fully Open Access journals
  • Agreement now applies to funded and unfunded papers
  • Corresponding author must be affiliated with The University of Manchester

How to access the agreement 

During the submission process, corresponding authors must use their institutional email address in order to be identified as eligible for the deal.

Publisher’s portfolio – which disciplines can benefit from this agreement?

This publisher has a wide-ranging portfolio of journals covering most disciplines supported at The University of Manchester, from the Humanities to the Sciences. 

More information and support

The Library’s Open Access team can provide further information on this agreement and related enquiries. Please use the Open Access enquiry form to contact the team: 

Your Faculty Engagement Librarian will work in partnership with you to ensure the Library is meeting your teaching and research needs. 

Subscription-based journals excluded from agreement

  • Critical Reviews in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Current Medical Research and Opinion
  • Expert Opinion on Biological Therapy
  • Expert Opinion on Drug Discovery
  • Expert Opinion on Drug Delivery
  • Expert Opinion on Drug Safety
  • Expert Opinion on Investigational Drugs
  • Expert Opinion on Emerging Drugs
  • Expert Opinion on Drug Metabolism & Toxicology
  • Expert Opinion on Orphan Drugs
  • Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy
  • Expert Review of Medical Devices
  • Expert Review of Endocrinology & Metabolism
  • Expert Review of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
  • Expert Review of Clinical Pharmacology
  • Expert Review of Cardiovascular Therapy
  • Expert Review of Ophthalmology
  • Expert Review of Clinical Immunology
  • Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics
  • Expert Review of Molecular Diagnostics
  • Expert Review of Pharmacoeconomics & Outcomes Research
  • Expert Review of Hematology
  • Expert Review of Proteomics
  • Expert Review of Vaccines
  • Expert Review of Respiratory Medicine
  • Expert Review of Anticancer Therapy
  • Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy
  • Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Patents
  • Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Targets
  • Hospital Practice
  • Critical Reviews in Microbiology
  • Postgraduate Medicine
  • Platelets
  • Polymer Reviews
  • Expert Review of Precision Medicine and Drug Development

Wiley

How the agreement works

  • Review and original research articles can be published immediately Open Access at no cost to the author

  • Deal applies to subscription journals offering OnlineOpen and Wiley fully Gold Open Access journals

     

     

  • Agreement currently applies to both funded and unfunded papers but is likely to be restricted to papers funded by the following organisations later in the year: UKRI; The Wellcome Trust; Cancer Research UK (CRUK); British Heart Foundation (BHF); Arthritis Research UK; Bloodwise; Parkinson’s UK
  • Responsible corresponding author* must be affiliated with The University of Manchester 

  • There is a UK-wide limit on the total number of papers which can be published Open Access via this deal. Once this threshold is hit, the deal will pause, and immediate Open Access with Wiley will be unavailable for Manchester authors for a period of time. The Library will communicate any such changes to researchers when the limit is reached 

 *Wiley's agreement information advises: “The responsible corresponding author is the author who manages the manuscript and correspondence during the publication process - from submission through publication. This author has the authority to act on behalf of all the co-authors and will also be the contact for inquiries after publication”

How to access the agreement (hybrid journals)

  • Once your article is accepted, register or log-in to Wiley Author Services at www.wileyauthors.com 

     

     

  • On your Author Dashboard in Author Services, click ‘Manage Article’ and select open access at no additional charge
  • Confirm the corresponding author(s) and responsible corresponding author – this person should be affiliated to UoM
  • Enter your funding information and confirm your UoM affiliation
  • Submit request for approval by clicking ‘Yes, make my article open access’
  • If you have a choice of Creative Commons licence, the University encourages authors to select the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) licence. This may also be required by your funder.

How to access the agreement (open access journals)

  • During submission, when asked how you will pay the OA charge, select ‘My institution has an agreement with Wiley’ and use the Account Code Tool to find the correct code

Publisher’s portfolio – which disciplines can benefit from this agreement?

This publisher has a wide-ranging portfolio of journals covering most disciplines supported at The University of Manchester, from the Humanities to the Sciences. 

More information and support

The Library’s Open Access team can provide further information on this agreement and related enquiries. Please use the Open Access enquiry form to contact the team: 

Your Faculty Engagement Librarian will work in partnership with you to ensure the Library is meeting your teaching and research needs.