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Research Publishing (Open Access)

Open access compliance and REF 2021

Open Access and Licensing Information available on Publisher Websites

During the publication process the Lead or Corresponding Author will be provided with information from the publisher.  However useful information regarding open access policies, including embargo periods and licensing can also be found on publisher websites. 

There is an extremely useful Transitional Agreement Look-Up tool provided by JISC which provides information on UHI's current Read and Publish deals. 

If in doubt please check with the publisher directly or contact the UHI open access compliance officer.

American Chemical Society

American Chemical Society:  ACS operates an ‘Author choice’ programme.

New Read and Publish Deal. UHI researchers who are corresponding authors can publish research articles in hybrid & fully OA journals for free. The current deal runs between 1 January 2022 to 31 December 2024. As well as direct open access agreements, all of ACS Publications' previous hybrid journals now qualify as ‘transformative journals’ under Plan S.

American Chemical Society have an excellent step by step guide for authors on how to use their read and publish deals: How to Publish Open Access Under a Read + Publish Agreement


Brill Open access page for authors.

Read and publish deal: UHI researchers who are corresponding authors can publish research articles in hybrid & fully OA journals for free. The current deal runs between 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2022. The Brill Journals Read & Publish agreement offers UHI researchers uncapped OA research article publishing in all of Brill's journals (including Gold titles).

Cambridge University Press - (read and publish deal)

Cambridge University Press (CUP) home page

Note read and publish deal: UHI researchers who are corresponding authors can publish articles in CUP gold and hybrid journals for free. For more information and to view eligible journals please refer to the CUP UK agreement which covers articles accepted for publication between 1 January 2021 and 31 December 2024.

Information on CUP's Open access waivers and discounts.

Here is a handy step by step guide to publishing OA with Cambridge University Press 

Services for authors.


Elsevier home page

Elsevier-UK Institutions Agreement

“Elsevier and Jisc have established an agreement to enable continued reading access for UK researchers and to enable open access publishing. When publishing in eligible Elsevier journals, authors will be able to choose to publish open access at no additional cost to the author. This agreement is effective until the end of December 2024.”

Highlights of the new Read & Publish agreement

Authors who publish under this agreement can:

  • Publish their peer-reviewed research open access in hybrid journals, at no charge to the author.
  • Publish their peer-reviewed research in fully gold open access journals at a discount on the list price APC.

The author must be the submitting corresponding author affiliated with UHI, and the articles must have an acceptance date between 1 Jan 2022 and 31 Dec 2024.

Your Guide to Publishing Open Access with Elsevier (PDF)

Journal Specific Embargo Periods (PDF) - only applicable for UK researchers who wish to self-archive their Author Accepted Manuscript (AAM).

Open Access licenses (Elsevier's policy)  

Articles sharing guidelines - they support green open access and accepted manuscripts can be self -archived following their sharing guidelines and are required to attach a CC-BY-NC-ND license.

Funder agreements - Elsevier works with institutions and funding bodies to help authors publishing in our journals comply with open access policies.

Services for authors.

Elsevier news (23/03/22), UK universities have reached a three-year agreement with Elsevier to provide unlimited open access publishing and access to paywalled journal articles for a significant reduction on current institutional spend.  Jisc response to the Elsevier open access agreement | Jisc

Elsevier and Plan S news (04/01/2022)160 Elsevier journals become Plan S aligned Transformative Journals


Emerald home page

Emerald open access policies and FAQs - in 2017 Emerald abolished embargo periods for author accepted manuscripts (AAM) deposited on their institutional repository. This also applies retrospectively to outputs.



Research may be published as an Open Access article (Gold Open Access) or archived in an Open Access repository such as PubMed Central (PMC) or an institution’s own repository (Green Open Access), or both, view Karger’s transformative agreements

The current deal is valid from 21-04-2020 to 31-12-2022

Oxford University Press

Oxford University Press (Academic) home page

Open access support - overview

Oxford access licenses at OUP note: authors not choosing the Oxford Open option (but open self archiving) should follow the standard post-print archiving policy of the relevant journal. This policy can be found in the journal's Author Instructions, or by contacting Permissions at Oxford Journals.

Complying with funder policies - covers agencies' open access mandates.

Complying through self-archiving: Some funder mandates can be fulfilled through ‘Green’ open access, due to our self-archiving policies. All Oxford journals have specific self-archiving policies and licence forms which lay out in detail the provisions made for deposition in repositories. Broadly, most Oxford journals have 12 or 24 month embargos on self-archiving** (see individual journal policy for detail). As such, authors with funder mandates stipulating deposit in a repository after 12 months (e.g. NIH) can comply simply by publishing in a 12 month embargo journal. Any author whose funder mandates deposition in under 12 months will need to publish their paper under an open access licence to meet their funder or funders' requirements. Current deal runs from January 2012- December 2023.

Services for authors.

Please note that one of the journals included in our Shedl read and publish deal, ICES Journal of Marine Science will become fully Gold Open Access in January 2023. Manuscripts submitted after October 1, 2022 will be subject to an APC if they are accepted, since they will be published in 2023. Please click on the link for more information Open Access | ICES Journal of Marine Science | Oxford Academic (



SAGE has an agreement with the Scottish Higher Education Digital Library Consortium (SHEDL) to cover open access article processing charges (APCs) for affiliated corresponding authors. The Sage Read and Publish agreement is valid from 29-07-2020 to 31-12-2022.

Corresponding authors can publish an article in 900+ subscription journals in the current SAGE Premier package, as well as in the IMechE Journal Collection and the Royal Society of Medicine Collection, which offer hybrid open access publishing (SAGE Choice) can be published open access, free of charge. 

The following 1,171 journals are included in this agreement:


Springer - (read and publish deal)

Springer home page

Note read and publish dealUHI researchers can publish articles in more than 1,900 Springer open access hybrid journals for free. For more information and to view eligible journals please refer to Springer Open Choice. For the UK this 'agreement' runs until the end of December 2021.

Springer has a national open access agreement with UK institutions negotiated through Jisc. As UHI is part of this UK 'read and publish' (Springer compact agreement) UHI authors may currently publish their articles open access - at no charge to them. The deal runs through to the end of December 2021. 

Springer self archiving policy - author(s) retain the right to make an AAM (author accepted manuscript) of their Article available for public release on any of the following 12 months after first publication ("Embargo Period"): their employer’s internal website; their institutional and/or funder repositories. AAMs may also be deposited in such repositories immediately on acceptance, provided that they are not made publicly available until after the Embargo Period.

Springer FAQ about authors' rights

Springer Nature

Update 22/08/22

Springer Nature has been asked to revise and resubmit an application for its Nature Research Journals and Palgrave Journals to become Jisc-approved transformative journals.

Springer Nature says that it will continue to guarantee a compliant route to publication for these UKRI corresponding authors by offering them the ability to select to deposit their AAM during the period of 1 April to 31 December. This guarantee is independent of these journals being approved as Jisc-approved TJs but please check their webpage Open access agreement for UK | Springer Nature | Open research | Springer Nature as their policy is subject to change.


News on Springer Nature "In accordance with UKRI OA policy, while Springer Nature provides a compliant route to OA publishing in Nature, Nature research journals and Palgrave journals via immediate publishing of the Version of Record OA under a CC BY licence, authors (and their institutions) who submitted manuscripts after 1 April are not able to use UKRI OA funds to pay for article processing charges (APCs) in these titles as they are hybrid journals and not part of a transitional arrangement that meets the sector’s requirements.”


Taylor & Francis

Taylor & Francis home page

Taylor & Francis has a Transitional Agreement which is valid from 14-04-2021 to 31-12-2023

Publishing your research open access 

Open access options - you can use this table to check which journals offer gold OA, current article publishing charges (APCs), green OA embargo periods, and which licenses you can choose to publish under.

The following 2,237 journals are included in this agreement:

Wiley - (read and publish deal)

Wiley home page

Note read and publish dealUHI researchers who are the 'corresponding author' can publish articles in any of Wiley's fully gold open access or Wiley's hybrid (subscription) journals that offer OnlineOpen with no further open access costs. For more information about how to publish open access with Wiley and eligibility criteria please refer to Wiley open access agreements. For the UK this 'agreement' runs until the end of December 2023.

Wiley OA funding - Jisc and Wiley have signed a four year ‘read and publish’ agreement, giving UHI authors the opportunity to publish in any of Wiley’s fully Gold open access (OA) or Wiley’s hybrid, OnlineOpen journals at no cost to them (no APC charges). The Deal will run until December 2023. To apply for this you need to be the corresponding/ lead author. 

Licensing and open access

Self-archiving  - authors of articles published in Wiley journals are permitted to self-archive the submitted (preprint) version of the article at any time, and may self-archive the accepted (peer-reviewed) version after an embargo period.

Author Compliance Tool (UHI is listed here as an institution)

Services for authors.