New opportunities to publish open access

What is open access?

Open access refers to the free and unrestricted access to literature. In other words, making your research available open access means your research is available online with no extra cost to the reader. Most funders require research outputs to be made available for free to maximise the benefits of the research. Open access is also a requirement for submissions to the Research Excellence Framework (REF). See below for some of the benefits of open access.

Diagram illustrating the benefits of open access
©Danny Kingsley and Sarah Brown via Australiasian Open Access Strategy Group

So having new opportunities to publish open access is certainly good news! There are several ways to publish open access available already, but within this blog post we will focus on the new opportunities offered through read and publish deals.

What are read and publish deals?

Read and publish deals have evolved as a result of changes in the open access landscape, in particular Plan S. Read and publish deals are blanket agreements with academic publishers that cover both the subscription to the journal (the “read” aspect), and the open access publishing cost (the “publish” aspect).

This therefore means that corresponding authors from the University of Essex can publish their research open access under a CC-BY licence at no extra cost, where covered by one of these read and publish deals.

What is covered by these deals?


A read and publish deal between JISC (a consortium that works with UK Universities) and the publisher Wiley has brought an opportunity to publish open access with the publisher. The deal has given us access to a national pot of money available to researchers from across institutions to fund APCs for open access publishing, and we are able to use this money until it runs out. So it’s important that Essex authors take advantage as soon as possible!

If you submit an article to a Wiley journal, and you are a corresponding author, you will see the option to use this deal after acceptance. The request then comes through to our Repository Team, who decide whether to approve the application. If you have any questions about this, please email our Repository Team. More information can also be found on Wiley’s website.


A new deal with SAGE allows corresponding authors to publish open access in SAGE’s hybrid journals with no article processing charge (APC). The list of journals available for this deal can be found here. We are also able to take advantage of a discount on APCs when publishing in SAGE gold open access journals.

If you are a corresponding author publishing in a SAGE hybrid journal, we would encourage you to request open access publishing. If your research is UKRI funded, we can cover the APC for gold open access publishing. If you have any further questions, please email our Repository Team.

Why isn’t this kind of deal available with all publishers?

The development of read and publish deals is just a small part of the much broader open research picture. Moving away from a subscription-based model is complicated, and needs a lot of negotiation. Because of this, the movement of publishers to read and publish deals is likely to be slow, but it is increasing.

This increase is mostly due to Plan S, and resulting negotiations between JISC and publishers. However, negotiations are complicated by increasing costs for open access publishing being unsustainable alongside current subscription fee increases, and thus deals will need re-negotiating in the future.

We are continuing to keep up-to-date on developments, and will make sure to keep you all aware of any further deals which may become available. If you have any feedback about publishing under any of the deals we already have in place, please do get in touch.

Want more information?

Get in touch with our Scholarly Communication team in the Library:

Email our Repository team:

Learn more about publishing open access.

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