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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 to publish journal articles immediately Open Access for no additional cost.

Active agreements

Berghahn

How the agreement works

  • Review and original research articles can be published immediately Open Access for no additional fee 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 for no additional fee 

  • Agreement applies to journals in BMJ’s Standard Collection of 28 subscription-based journals. You can check the list of eligible journals by selecting The University of Manchester on the publisher’s transformative agreement page

  • Fully Open Access journals, and the flagship BMJ journal, are excluded from this agreement 

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

  • 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 for no additional fee 

  • 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 for no additional fee 

  • 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. 

 

De Gruyter

How the agreement works

  • Review and original research articles can be published immediately Open Access for no additional fee 

  • 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. 

Institute of Physics Publishing (IOPP)

How the agreement works

  • Review and original research articles can be published immediately Open Access for no additional fee 

  • 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

  • Review and original research articles can be published immediately Open Access for no additional fee 

  • 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 for no additional fee 

  • 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. 

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

How the agreement works

  • Review and original research articles can be published immediately Open Access for no additional fee 
  • 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. 

The Royal Society

How the agreement works

  • Review and original research articles can be published immediately Open Access for no additional fee 

  • 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. 

SAGE

How the agreement works

  • Review and original research articles can be published immediately Open Access for no additional fee 

  • 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 

  • 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 for no additional fee 

  • 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. 

Wiley

How the agreement works

  • Review and original research articles can be published immediately Open Access for no additional fee 

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

  • Deal applies to papers acknowledging funding from the following organisations only: UKRI; The Wellcome Trust; Cancer Research UK (CRUK); British Heart Foundation (BHF); Arthritis Research UK; Bloodwise; Parkinson’s UK. 

  • 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. 

How to access the agreement

  • 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 ‘Select OnlineOpen’ 

  • Enter your affiliation and funder(s) from the drop down list 

  • Submit request for approval by clicking ‘Yes, I would like to make my article OnlineOpen’ 

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.