As more and more academic authors seek to share published work openly, transformative agreements are one way to shift the dial.

Under Publish-and-Read (PAR) agreements negotiated with publishers, subscription-based reading (which limits access) is replaced by open access publishing (where anyone can read the work). In many cases, authors can retain their copyright.

One example is The University of California’s ground-breaking agreement with Cambridge University Press.

In 2019, the Council of Australian University Librarians negotiated two PAR agreements on behalf of Australian and New Zealand universities. Griffith University has signed up to both. They are:

Biochemical Society (Portland Press) Microbiology Society
This 3-year all-you-can-publish open access deal will waive Article Processing Charges and service fees. Eligible authors retain copyright. Titles offered include: This 2-year pilot agreement provides access to all six Microbiology Society journals, right back to their first issues, for reading and data mining. Titles offered are:
  • Clinical Science
  • Essays in Biochemistry
  • Emerging Topics in Life Sciences
  • Transactions: Biochemical Society
  • Bioscience Reports
  • Neuronal Signalling
  • Microbiology
  • Journal of general virology
  • Journal of medical microbiology
  • International journal of systematic and evolutionary microbiology
  • Access Microbiology
  • Microbial Genomics

What these agreements mean in practice is that Griffith researchers and academics can publish in these journals without paying Article Processing Charges or other service fees for things like colour printing.

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For more information on transformative agreements, please see the following links.