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University Of Cape Town Current Read & Publish Agreements

The Read & Publish agreements give the University of Cape Town access to journal content and allow authors to publish articles Open Access.

UCT Read & Publish Agreements

Read & Publish Agreements: Information for Researchers


Read & Publish agreements are a form of transformative agreement with a publisher that takes the library’s existing expenditure on subscriptions and repurposes it to cover both reading and publishing in that publisher’s journals. If you publish in a journal that’s included in one of the Read & Publish agreements, you may be able to publish direct to open access with no transactional article processing charges.


Open access publishing makes your research outputs available globally via the publisher’s platform. This makes your findings accessible to a wider audience, including the public, industry, practitioners, government and researchers in developing countries. Open access publishing supports translation of research into practice and allows other researchers to build on your work. Your research is more visible, potentially leading to higher citation rates and more impact.


Author publishing workflow. You don’t need to change your publishing practices. Submit where you would normally submit your research and you’ll be notified on acceptance if you are eligible to publish your article open access with no transactional APCs (Article Processing Charges).

List of current UCT  Read & Publish Agreements

The UCT Libraries is participating in various  Read & Publish agreements, which will enable University of Cape Town (UCT) authors to publish accepted articles into eligible journals without any APCs. The current agreements are:

Details for each of these agreements, including information for authors, can be accessed via the navigation tabs of this guide.



Further Reading

Hinchcliffe, L. (2019, April 23). Transformative agreements: a primerThe Scholarly Kitchen.



List of current UCT Read & Publish agreements

American Chemical Society

The agreement is set up and ready to take place for manuscripts accepted beginning January 1, 2023 through December 31, 2025.

Association for Computing Machinery

ACM Publishing Workflow

The 2021-2023  Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) R&P agreement allows UCT  authors to publish open access without costs in almost 60 journals and proceedings of this publisher without having to pay an APC. There is no limit to the number of articles that can be published.

Please visit the publisher’s website for a full list of included publications.

Information for Authors

UCT corresponding authors may publish immediately to open access on the publisher's platform once the article has been accepted, with no transactional APCs.

To be eligible under this agreement, authors must use their institutional email address ( or ) when submitting their articles for publishing.

Author rights

The default choice when publishing within the ACM Open Agreement is for the corresponding author to use a non-exclusive CC-BY licence, unless they choose a different type of Creative Commons licence.

The author may also choose to transfer copyright or give ACM exclusive access to publish their articles.

Publisher FAQ’s

Publisher’s Guide for Open Access Authors

Cambridge University Press

CUP Publishing Workflow

The agreement allows authors from UCT to publish into the majority Cambridge University Press journals without the need of any transactional article processing charge or payment (APC). Further information on this agreement is available from Cambridge University Press.

Cambridge University Press journals


Information for Authors

Author rights

Articles from  UCT authors  may be published under the author's choice of the following licences:

  • CC-BY
  • CC-BY-SA
  • CC-BY-ND
  • CC-BY-NC
  • CC-BY-NC-ND.

Further information about the licences is available on the publisher's website.

The Creative Commons licenses allow reuse (some with conditions) while protecting the authors' rights of acknowledgment as authors. Authors retain copyright.

How to submit your article for open access publishing

  1. Follow CUP’s usual article submission process via the journal’s homepage on Cambridge Core.
  2. On acceptance of the article, CUP will ask the corresponding UCT  author to complete a form (publishing agreement).
  3. The corresponding author selects Gold Open Access and confirms the licence type (i.e. CC-BY).
  4. Rightslink works on the publisher's behalf to manage the APCs. When the  submitting author is from UCT, the APC will be automatically waived.

Also see the Step by Step Guide to Publishing OA in Cambridge Journals.

Author identification

In all correspondence with the publisher and Rightslink, UCT authors must use their:

  • Institutional postal address
  • Institutional email address
  • ORCID.

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Emerald Publishing Workflow

The Read & Publish agreement with Emerald for 2022-2024 permits corresponding authors from UCT to publish a capped number of articles as OA free of charge in the gold and hybrid journals to which we subscribe


Information for Authors

Emerald has  partnered with the SANLIC Consortium to provide participating institutions in South Africa with an agreed number of APC vouchers.

Eligibility – If you are an author based at UCT you are eligible for an APC voucher which will be allocated at the point of which your article is accepted. 

Where you can use your APC voucher – Vouchers can be used for publishing in the Emerald hybrid and fully open access journals, and  open access platform, Emerald Open Research.

How to use your APC voucher – When publishing in a journal, simply select the option to publish open access when submitting your article on scholar one. When publishing on Emerald Open Research, your eligibility will automatically be recognised and applied.

Always use your institutional email address when submitting your work as this enables us to recognise your eligibility.

IOP Science

3 years agreement: 1 Jan 2023 - 31 Dec 2025

This agreement builds on the previous “read only” agreement with IOP to afford researchers at subscribing SANLiC member institutions the opportunity to publish their articles on an open access basis in IOPP’s hybrid and gold open access journals.

Read access is provided to over 70 scholarly journals, including the renowned Journal of Physics series, back to 1874. Subjects covered include biomedical engineering, condensed matter, graphene, materials, nanotechnology, quantum information and semiconductors in the fields of astronomy, astrophysics, biological physics, chemistry, engineering, environment, mathematics, physics, and medical physics.

Added content for 2023:

  • Electronic Structure
  • Progress in Energy
  • Progress in Biomedical Engineering


Open access policy: IOP Publishing supports open science and open access to scientific research. A list of their fully open access journals is available here:

Oxford University Press

3 years agreement: 1 Jan 2023 - 31 Dec 2025

An updated list of journals is available at

Read and publish agreements

Oxford University Press (OUP) has Read and Publish agreements with institutions and consortia around the world. They are enabling the academic publishing community to provide sustainable open access (OA) publishing in journals, without limiting author choice. 

OUP’s Read and Publish agreements allow affiliated researchers at participating institutions to: 

  • publish accepted articles open access in OUP journals, with their institution covering the open access publication charge
  • read high quality, high impact research from OUP’s prestigious journals

For authors

OUP’s Read and Publish agreements make open access publication simple for authors.  The benefits of these agreements for authors include:

  • Wide dissemination of your research – you can publish open access and make your research available to readers around the world
  • No open access charge to pay - it is included in your institution’s agreement
  • Quick and easy process following a simple, guided workflow



Open access

Open access (OA) is a key part of how Oxford University Press (OUP) supports our mission to achieve the widest possible dissemination of high-quality research. We work closely with our publishing partners to ensure that we offer open access in a sustainable way that supports research publications for their communities and OUP offers authors an array of publishing options for authors to make their research available to all and comply with funder mandates.

Open access for Journals


Open access for Journals

OUP’s open access publishing options include:

Hybrid open access

Hybrid journals include a mix of open access articles and articles available to those with a journal subscription.

Hybrid journals offer gold open access publishing to authors as an option. With gold open access, authors usually pay an Article Processing Charge (APC) to make their research articles available upon publication, under a Creative Commons licence with re-use rights for readers.

For articles published under a Creative Commons licence, readers can re-use the work under the terms of the applicable licence.

Fully open access

All articles published in fully OA journals are available to all under open licenses. OUP uses Creative Commons licenses and there is usually an APC for OA publication.

‘Read and Publish’ transformative agreements

OUP has agreements with many institutions to provide access to OUP journals for faculty and students and provide funding for open access publishing for affiliated researchers. Find out which institutions are participating, and how to take advantage of available funding.

Green open access and self-archiving

OUP has self-archiving policies that permit authors to take advantage of green open access, by depositing their accepted manuscript (i.e., the post-acceptance version, before copyediting) into a non-commercial repository, where it can become freely available after the proscribed embargo period. Find out more about OUP green OA for journals



SAGE Publishing Workflow

The Library’s agreement with SAGE allows corresponding authors from UCT to publish an uncapped number of articles as OA in SAGE hybrid titles (SAGE Choice) for free.

Open Access publishing rights, with no cost to the author in Hybrid journals within the current Premier collection (or IMechE collection for existing collection subscribers). This represents the widest coverage in terms of options for publishing OA.

Minimum of 20% discount on APCs in wholly Gold OA titles.

There are different rules for subscription (hybrid) and fully Open Access (Gold) journals under our arrangements with this publisher. Make sure that you check the publishing model of the journal before you submit. 

Science Direct

This is a three-year (2023-2025) read and publish agreement with Elsevier for the ScienceDirect Freedom Collection.

The offer includes capped open access publishing in hybrid journals in the Freedom Collection at no extra cost to authors (that is, there are no article processing charges).

Gold open access titles: eligible corresponding authors will receive a discount of 15% on Elsevier’s gold open access portfolio of titles.

How does the process work?

The process of publishing under the agreement is straightforward:

  • Step 1 – Once the journal accepts your article, you will receive an email containing a link to the “post acceptance author journey”.
  • Step 2 – You will be asked to review your affiliation and funder details. Based on this information, you will see personalised publishing options including the option to publish under the agreement.
  • Step 3 – You will confirm your publishing choices and complete the post acceptance journey.
  • Step 4 – Your institution will validate your eligibility for the agreement
  • Step 5 – You and your co-authors will receive an email to confirm that the APC will be covered by the agreement. Please note that the number of APCs included under the agreement is fixed and will be allocated based on date of acceptance.

During the submission process, the system will present you with personalised publishing options including any agreement or offer that you may be eligible for. You can indicate your publishing choice during submission, but you are not required to finalize your choice until after acceptance.

View the publishing journey video

Which journals are included in this agreement?


Authors can publish eligible articles in a wide variety of participating Elsevier journals across a range of disciplines. When publishing in eligible hybrid journals, authors do not have to pay an article publishing charge (APC). When publishing in fully gold open access journals, authors will receive a discount on the APC.


Find a participating journal

The following article types are part of this agreement:


  • Case reports
  • Data in Briefs
  • Full-length articles
  • Micro-articles
  • Original software publication
  • Practice guidelines
  • Protocols
  • Review articles
  • Replication studies
  • Short communications
  • Short surveys
  • Video articles


Springer Nature - Springer Read & Publish  

This is a three-year transformational read and publish agreement (2023-2025) for the Springer Compact collection, which includes all hybrid and closed journals in Springer, Adis, Palgrave and Nature Academic journals but excludes the Nature Research journals and all fully open access journals.

The offer includes:

  • Read access (back to 1997) to approximately 2 424 journals.
  • Eligible authors (that is, those affiliated to participating SANLiC members) will be publish under an immediate, open access license in hybrid journals (approximately 2 260 titles) without having to pay article processing charges (APCs).

Springer Nature Open Access License Guide



We cordially invite you to our virtual Open Access Summit for South Africa on Tuesday 28th March 2023 at 10:00 - 14:00 SAST (South Africa Standard Time) 

This Open Access Summit on March 28 will cover all topics you need to know about publishing your next Open Access article by the agreement and why publishing Open Access is beneficial for your research and career.  Moreover, to help you with the Publication of your next article our editorial colleague will also present a detailed explanation of the editorial review process with tips and tricks for both starters and experienced researchers. And provide you with an overview of our journal portfolio and recommendations on how to find a suitable journal for your research.

The Summit will be hosted virtually in GoTo Webinar, giving you a great opportunity to fully interact both with us and your peers.



The Royal Society

Royal Society Publishing Workflow

The UCT Libraries signed the transitional agreement with the Royal Society of Chemistry for the period 2022 - 2024

The Royal Society publishes ten journals across the biological, physical, mathematical and engineering sciences. This collection includes well-renowned titles such as Philosophical Transactions, the very first scientific journal in history (1665).



Information for Authors

Information for authors

Corresponding authors from institutions listed under 'Participating institutions' may publish immediately to open access on the publisher's platform once the article has been accepted, with no transactional APCs. 

Author rights

Articles from authors at member institutions will be published under a CC-BY license, which allows maximum reuse while protecting the authors' rights of acknowledgment as authors.

How to submit your article for Open Access publishing

Submit your article via the following links to the publisher's submission system:

You will be recognised as being eligible for open access publishing with no transactional APCs via your institutional email address and institution name.

View the Royal Society's website for information for authors and for further information on their Read & Publish process


Wiley Publishing Workflow

The 2022 Wiley R&P agreement enables UCT authors to publish immediately to open access on the publisher's platform once the article has been accepted, with no transactional APCs.

Included titles

This agreement allows UCT authors to publish open access in approximately 1,400 titles with no transactional APCs. View the full list of Wiley hybrid titles available for UCT authors to publish open access in under the agreement on the publisher’s website.

Eligible articles

Article types

Open access publishing covered under this agreement includes the following article types:

  • Primary research and review articles, including but not limited to original articles
  • Case studies
  • Reviews
  • Short communications.

View Wiley's list of article classifications, which includes an indication of whether they are eligible for open access publishing. 

Authors may publish excluded article types as “closed access” or pay an article publication charge (if applicable) to make the article open access.

Acceptance date

Articles must have an acceptance date within the duration of this agreement (2022) to be eligible to be published open access with no transactional APCs.

Information for Authors

Responsible corresponding authors* above may publish immediately to open access on the publisher's platform once the article has been accepted with no transactional APCs. Page and colour charges may apply.

Author rights

Articles from authors at participating institutions may be published under the author's choice of the following licences:

  • CC-BY
  • CC-BY-NC

Short video on selecting the best license for your open access publication (Wiley)

Further information about the licences is available on the publisher’s website.

The Creative Commons licenses allow reuse (some with conditions) while protecting the authors' rights of acknowledgment as authors. Authors retain copyright.

How to submit your article for open access publishing

  1. Follow the publisher's usual article submission process via the journal’s homepage.
  2. On acceptance of the article, the responsible* corresponding author selects open access, confirms the licence type (e.g. CC-BY), and indicates funder and their institutional affiliation using Wiley Author Services.
  3. The APC will be waived for authors who have 
    • used an institutional email address belonging to one of the participating institutions and
    • selected a participating institution as their institutional affiliation.

Author identification

Authors will be identified as eligible for open access publishing with no transactional APCs by their 

  • UCT email address and
  • and UCT institutional affiliation.

Responsible corresponding authors must use their institutional email address when submitting an article for publication in order for the publication to be approved to be published open access with no transactional APCs.

Responsible corresponding authors should not use personal email addresses (e.g. Hotmail, Gmail). Doing so may result in delayed approval of the article or the article may not be approved to be published open access under the terms of the agreement. 


* Each article may have more than one corresponding author, but only a single designated 'responsible corresponding author'  will be in charge of the administrative details for the article.


For more information on the author workflow refer to this step-by-step guide on publishing open access in Wiley hybrid journals.




A page charge is levied by some journals – if the author goes over the page limit that they impose on their articles – ie. there is a fee for the additional pages that need to be potentially printed, typeset etc. They do make this clear in their submission information on their journal page.


2023 Journal Flips (


Please follow link above to a list of current hybrid journals transitioning to be fully gold Open Access titles from 2023.

Please return to this page periodically, as we will provide specific conversion dates as they become available.


Wiley Researcher Academy

Wiley is offering an extensive author engagement programme that will be available soon for your entire institution. In addition, for the duration of the SANLiC-Wiley agreement, Wiley are also offering unlimited access to the Wiley Researcher Academy to everyone at your institution.

What is the Wiley Researcher Academy? It is a self-paced, online programme amounting to over 60 hours of learning.  It equips researchers, including graduate students, to meet the challenges they face in the publishing process – with any publisher, not just Wiley. 

Are you are working on research and thinking about submitting your article to a journal? Are you interested in publishing OA at no charge (via the OA agreement between our institution and Wiley)? Do you want to find out more about the workflow for your OA article?  If so, please come along to the following Wiley webinar, coming up on March 10th.  You will have an opportunity to hear about these topics, and ask any questions you have.



How to Publish Open Access – Author Workflows and Tips