Open access deals and discounts

Transitional agreements

Transitional agreements (also referred to as transformative agreements or ‘read and publish’ deals) are contracts negotiated between institutions or consortia and publishers in order to move towards a business model which means payment is made to publish in, rather than to read scholarly journals. In the UK, JISC negotiates transitional agreements on our behalf. There are slight differences between agreements, but they generally mean that corresponding authors from an affiliated institution are eligible to make their articles open access at no cost to themselves.

Sheffield have signed up to a number of transitional agreements, which can be found below. Any changes to agreements will be updated on this page throughout the year.

Although all Sheffield authors may be able to benefit from a transitional agreement, they are particularly relevant to those with funders who are alighned with Plan S (eg. Wellcome Trust and UKRI). Publishing Gold OA via an approved transitional agreement is one of the routes by which authors are able to comply with their funder policy. More advice for Wellcome Trust funded authors can be found here and for UKRI funded authors here.

If you believe you are eligible for free open access under one of our deals but have not received a confirmation from the publisher, please contact oaenquiries@sheffield.ac.uk as soon as possible after article acceptance. We may not be able to resolve mistakes if too much time has elapsed.

ACS UoS corresponding authors are eligible for free open access publishing in ACS hybrid and fully open access journals.
AIP Publishing UoS corresponding authors are eligible for free open access publishing in AIP hybrid journals (excluding the Journal of the Physical Society of Japan).
American Physiological Society UoS corresponding authors are eligible for free open access publishing in 12 APS hybrid journals. APS will automatically identify authors based on institutional affiliation and notify them on article acceptance.
Bioscientifica UoS corresponding authors are eligible for free open access publishing in Bioscientifica’s 5 hybrid journals Journal of Endocrinology, Journal of Molecular Endocrinology, Endocrine-Related Cancer, European Journal of Endocrinology and Reproduction.
BMJ (specific funders only) UoS corresponding authors funded by the Wellcome Trust, UKRI (AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC, MRC, STFC, NERC), BHF, Blood Cancer UK, Cancer Research UK, Parkinsons UK or Versus Arthritis are eligible for free open access publishing in 28 BMJ journals.
Bristol University Press UoS corresponding authors are eligible for free open access publishing for original peer-reviewed research articles in all Bristol University Press and Policy Press subscription journals.
Cogitatio Press UoS corresponding authors are eligible for free open access publishing in all Cogitatio journals, providing that papers meet the journal's word count limit.
Cold Spring Harbour Press UoS corresponding authors are eligible for free open access publishing in Genome Research, Genes & Development, RNA, and Learning & Memory.
De Gruyter UoS corresponding authors are eligible for free open access publishing in selected De Gruyter hybrid journals
Elsevier UoS corresponding authors are eligible for free open access publishing in participating Elsevier hybrid journals. Elsevier also offers a 15% discount on fully open access journals.
Future Science Group UoS corresponding and co-authors are eligible for free open access publishing in Future Science Group’s full portfolio of journals (hybrid and fully gold).
Geological Society (Lyell Collection) We have signed an agreement that enables UoS corresponding authors to free open access
publishing in the Geological Society’s Lyell collection of hybrid journals and book series.
IOP

UoS corresponding authors are eligible for free open access publishing in 44 hybrid journals and 15 fully gold journals. Eligible journals can be found here.

Corresponding authors can also benefit from a 70% discount on APCs in other journals published jointly between IOP and partner organisations.

International Water Association (IWA)

UoS corresponding authors are eligible for free open access publishing in IWA’s full portfolio of journals (hybrid and open access).

JMIR Pubications UoS corresponding authors are eligible for free open access publishing in all JMIR journals
Microbiology Society UoS corresponding authors are eligible for free open access publishing in the full portfolio of Microbiology Society gold and hybrid titles.
PLOS UoS corresponding authors are eligible for free open access publishing in PLOS Biology, PLOS Medicine, PLOS One, PLOS Genetics, PLOS Pathogens, PLOS Computational Biology, PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases and PLOS Digital Health
PNAS UoS corresponding authors may publish open access in PNAS without incurring article page charges.
Portland Press UoS corresponding authors are eligible for free open access publishing in all seven Portland Press journals.
Rockefeller Press We have an agreement with Rockefeller Press that entitles UoS corresponding authors to the press’s three hybrid journals: Journal of Cell Biology, Journal of Experimental Medicine and Journal of General Physiology.
Royal College of general Practitioners (RCGP) UoS corresponding authors are eligible for free open access publishing in both hybrid and open access titles.
Royal Society UoS corresponding authors are eligible for free open access publishing in Royal Society’s full portfolio of journals.
RSC We are in the process of signing a deal with RSC, and will update this page as soon as more information becomes available.
SAGE UoS corresponding authors are eligible for free open access publishing in Sage Choice hybrid titles. SAGE also offers a discounted rate for articles in fully open access journals.
Springer UoS corresponding authors are eligible for free open access publishing in Springer’s 1,600 qualifying journals. Journals and article types included by the agreement are here
Taylor & Francis UoS corresponding authors are eligible for free open access publishing in Taylor & Francis Open Select hybrid titles.
Wiley UoS corresponding authors are eligible for open access publishing (full research and review articles only) in all Wiley journals. Please be aware that it is likely that Wiley will restrict the access to the deal to UKRI and COAF funded authors later in the year.

Other deals and discounts

As well as our transitional agreements, there are also other deals, discounts and waivers that Sheffield authors may be able to take advantage of:

Frontiers Frontiers is a fully open access publisher which charges APCs. In cases where authors genuinely do not have the means to pay APCs, they can apply for full or partial waivers. See here for more information.
Modern Languages Open (MLO) UoS has subscribed to a membership with MLO which allocates us a limited number of free APCs, available on a first come, first served basis. Please contact OAEnquiries@sheffield.ac.uk if you would like to take advantage of this offer.
SCOAP SCOAP³ is a partnership between libraries, funding agencies and research centres in 44 countries. Working with leading publishers, SCOAP³ has converted key journals in the field of High Energy Physics to open access at no cost for authors.

For any questions about transitional agreements or other schemes, please contact oaenquiries@sheffield.ac.uk.