Open access deals and discounts

Transformative agreements

Transformative agreements (also referred to as transitional 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 transformative 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 transformative 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 transformative agreement, they are particularly relevant to those with funders who have signed up to Plan S (eg. Wellcome Trust). Publishing Gold OA via an approved transformative 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.

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.

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.

Cold Spring Harbour Press

UoS corresponding authors are eligible for free open access publishing in Genome Research, Genes & Development, RNA, and Learning & Memory.

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).

IOP

UoS corresponding authors are eligible for free open access publishing in 44 IOP hybrid 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).

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 and PLOS Medicine. PLOS may also waive fees for authors who do not have funds to pay for publication charges.

Portland Press

UoS corresponding authors are eligible for free open access publishing in all seven Portland Press journals.

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

UOS corresponding authors are eligible for free open access publishing in qualifying hybrid journals.

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, or for general information on how to access the scheme see 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 note that from the 1st July 2021 Wiley will restrict this deal to UKRI and former COAF funded authors only. Other authors may claim a 25% discount on the listed APC price.

Transformative journals

Plan S funded authors will also come across the term ‘transformative journals.’ Transformative journals are subscription journals that do not fall under a ‘transformative agreement’ but which have actively committed to open access by meeting certain criteria. Authors are not eligible for free Gold open access in these journals, but Wellcome funded authors are able to have the APCs paid through the block grant.

Other deals and discounts

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

ACS                                                                                                                          ACS provide a small number of free APCs each year as part of our journal subscription, available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please contact OAEnquiries@sheffield.ac.uk if you would like to take advantage of this offer.
De Gruyter UoS corresponding authors are entitled to a 20% discount on APCs in De Gruyter journals. Discounts should be applied automatically for eligible authors.
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 transformative agreements or other schemes, please contact oaenquiries@sheffield.ac.uk.