Read and Publish agreements

22 February 2022

The ANU Library is signing agreements with certain publishers that allow ANU authors to publish journal articles via open access without paying for Article Processing Charges (APCs). These are called Read and Publish (RAP) agreements.

This is a significant development that will enable ANU authors to increase the impact and engagement of their articles across the world.

What is a Read and Publish agreement?

RAP agreements are an alternative to the traditional subscription model. They help both authors and libraries to increase the number of publications that are open access, as well as streamlining publishing processes for authors. 

For publishers offering RAP agreements, APCs are covered by the subscription that the Library organises.

Why are these agreements important?

These agreements will make more ANU authored research openly accessible.

These are huge benefits to having information be open access. For example: on average, open access academic works are more easily discoverable by the public and are cited more often.

Further information on the benefits of open access can be found on the ANU Open Research website.

Which publishers does ANU have agreements with?

Not all publishers offer RAP agreements, and not all agreements are available in the Australia market.

A guide has been developed which lists all the publishers the ANU Library has negotiated agreements with, as well as details of these individual agreements.

As of February 2022, the ANU Library has agreements in place with:

  • Brill
  • Future Science
  • Microbiology Society
  • Portland Press Biochemical Society
  • Springer Nature and
  • Wiley.

We are working with other Australian universities to increase these agreements via the Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) as well as through direct negotiation with publishers.

What happens next?

The ANU Library will run information sessions, continue to add information to the guide, and work with the academic community and publishers to expand RAP licences. 

Details of upcoming information sessions will be posted on the ANU Library website.

If you want any information on RAP agreements, or to suggest any publishers you think the Library should try to negotiation an agreement with, please contact Rebecca Barber.