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Read & Publish and Transformative Deals

As part of our transformative/ read and publish deals with a range of publishers, Aston corresponding authors with current employment contracts or who are current students have access to a range of free or reduced APCs for original research and review articles (invited reviews, editorials, book reviews etc. are not included). Emeritus, honorary and visiting academics are not eligible for these deals. 

You should use your Aston affiliation and email address and check that the journal is eligible for the publisher's free gold open access deal. You must select a CC BY licence when offered a choice by the publishers. 

  • Eligibility is determined by corresponding author only- be sure to use your Aston email and affiliation! This is checked against the current HR staff list and student records.
  • If a publisher is not included on the list below, it means that we do not have a deal with them and any open access costs incurred will need to be met through your PASA or another funding source. If you are a UKRI grant holder, please email openaccess@aston.ac.uk to discuss APC payment options. 
  • Additional charges such as submission fees, excess page and colour charges are not included in these deals or by UKRI OA funding and will need to be covered by the author(s).

Contact openaccess@aston.ac.uk for further details on any of these schemes or author/article type/journal eligibility.

Wiley offers a 25% discount to Aston University corresponding authors after the yearly consortium cap has been reached. Aston authors who wish to use this discount when paying for gold open access themselves should contact openaccess@aston.ac.uk 

 

Aston University's Current Read & Publish Deals

Publisher Hybrid Journals Included? Pure Gold Journals Included? New UKRI OA Policy Compliant Deal? Publisher Website Notes
ACM Yes Yes Yes ACM Publications List Incl. conference proceedings
ACS Yes Yes Yes ACS Information  
AIP Yes No Yes AIP Journal List Consortium cap
CUP Yes Yes Yes CUP Journal list
De Gruyter Yes No Yes De Gruyter Journal List Consortium cap
Elsevier (incl. Cell & Lancet titles) Yes No Yes Elsevier Deal Information  
IoP Yes Yes Yes IoP Journal list Excl. The Planetary Science Journal
John Benjamins Yes Yes Yes JB Journal list
Karger Yes Yes Yes Karger Journal list
OUP Yes Yes Yes OUP deal info
Microbiology Society Yes Yes Yes Microbiology Society Journal List
PLOS Biology N/A Yes Yes PLOS Biology
PLOS Medicine N/A Yes Yes PLOS Medicine
Portland Press Yes Yes Yes Portland Press Journal List
RSC Yes No, 15% discount Yes RSC Journal List Consortium cap
Sage Yes No, 20% discount Yes SAGE Journal List
SPIE Yes Yes No SPIE Journal list
Springer Yes No Yes Springer Journal List Excl. Nature & BMC titles
Taylor & Francis Yes No Yes T & F Deal Info Consortium cap, articles with APCs over £3000 capped
Wiley (incl. IET journals) Yes Yes Yes Wiley deal Info Consortium cap, must be the RESPONSIBLE corresponding author

 

The Excel Spreadsheet below contains a searchable list of the 10,000+ journals that Aston corresponding authors are entitled to free gold open access with from 1 January 2022. Note that some Read & Publish deals have yearly caps, and the allocation may run out before the end of the calendar year. Publishers may also add or remove titles without prior notice. Please email openaccess@aston.ac.uk if you are unsure if your article is eligible or not.