Read and Publish Agreements

This guide provides information about current Read and Publish Agreements between The University of North Florida's Thomas G. Carpenter Library and journal publishers.

What is a Read and Publish Agreement?

Read and Publish agreements also known as "Transformative (Open Access) Agreements", are contracts between institutional subscribers (like UNF) and publishers to provide Open Access (OA) journal content. In the agreement, subscribers pay subscription fees for publishers' journals up front, and in exchange, publishers make it possible for faculty researchers and authors to publish without having to pay Article Processing Charges (APCs).

The University of North Florida has entered into several such agreements with various publishers listed below.

American Chemical Society (ACS)

The University of North Florida's Read and Publish Agreement for PUI's (Primarily Undergraduate Institutions) allows for the submitting corresponding author to have the opportunity to publish  research in any ACS journal under a CC BY open access license free of charge. This is available for the duration of the institution’s subscription to the ACS All Publications Package.

To learn more about the steps for submission for publication, click HERE.

Cambridge University Press


Our Read and Publish Agreement with Cambridge University Press applies to all their Open Access (OA) journals. University of North Florida researchers can publish in these journals without paying an Article Processing Charge (APC).  To learn more about the Agreement and get started click HERE.

A step-by-step guide to Publishing Open Access in Cambridge Journals can be found HERE.



A list of Open Access journals is attached below: 

Company of Biologists


Company of Biologists

Corresponding authors at institutions with all Read & Publish agreements with Company of Biologists can publish Open Access research articles without paying an article processing charge (APC) in our journals.

The Read and Publish agreement between the University of North Florida and Company of Biologists includes:

Unlimited access to journals and their archives: Unlimited access to three hybrid journals – Development, Journal of Cell Science, and Journal of Experimental Biology – and their archives dating back to 1853 is available to all UNF researchers.

Fee-free Open Access publishing for corresponding authors: Depending on whether their institution has chosen a three- or five-journal package, corresponding authors can publish an uncapped number of Open Access research articles in the journals as follows, without paying an article processing charge (APC).  The University of North Florida selected the five-journal package through December 31, 2026**.

The following hybrid journals are included in the agreement:

The following fully open-access journals are included in the agreement:

A step-by-step guide for authors seeking open-access publication can be found HERE:

SCOAP3 Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics

SCOAP3 journals are open for any scientist to publish in without any financial barriers. Copyright stays with authors, and a permissive CC-BY license allows text- and data-mining. SCOAP3 addresses Open Access mandates at no burden for authors. All articles appear in the SCOAP3 repository for further distribution, as well as being Open Access on publishers’ websites. Metadata are freely available and an API (SCOAP3 partner exclusive) allows easy ingestion of all articles in national or institutional repositories." (from, 10/12/22).  Click HERE for more information.

A list of participating journals within the SCOAP3 repository can be found HERE.



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Deborah Williams
Deborah M. Williams, Ed.D
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UNF Thomas G. Carpenter Library

Faculty Publishing Grant

Faculty Publishing Grants (FPGs)  offered through the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) support publishing the results of faculty research, scholarship, and creative activity (RSCA) in high-impact outlets that charge processing fees or subvention costs. The goals of this initiative are to ensure that high-quality RSCA is widely available while also enhancing the reputation of UNF as a premier research institution.

The grant covers up to $5000 in APC or book subversion costs and applies only to manuscripts using the Gold OA option.  Hybrid options are not eligible for the Faculty Publishing Grant. 

Open Access Publishing Models

Open access (OA) refers to making scholarly research freely available online for anyone to read. Typically, open access also allows readers to redistribute, re-use and adapt content in new works.  There are several models to choose from:

Gold Open Access or ‘full’ open access is where the final ‘Version of Record’ of an article or book is published under a permissive Creative Commons (CC) license. This allows anyone to freely access and redistribute the publication and, depending on which CC license the author has chosen, in many cases allows the re-use of content in new or derivative works.

Green Open Access (also known as Green archiving) is the practice of making some version of a work freely accessible in an institutional or subject archive, or some other document repository. Typically the author’s original (submitted) manuscript is made available, or the manuscript as it was accepted for publication after peer-review changes have been made. For some types of books, the publisher also permits making a portion of the final Version of Record available.

Hybrid Models when your article is accepted for publication in one of the Hybrid journals, you will receive an email which will offer you the option to publish your article under the Gold OA model. Taking this Gold OA option will usually require payment of an Article Processing Charge (APC). If you choose not to take the Gold OA option, you may make an earlier version of your manuscript available in accordance with the journal’s Green OA policy.

RightsLink - The Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) provides a service to institutions called RightsLink which ensures that article processing charge (APC) funding mechanisms work to the benefit of researchers. The Agreement Management Module leverages business rules to streamline and automate Open Access (OA) funding requests, enabling institutions to easily coordinate a first-rate, author-centric experience. RightsLink is used across many OA publishing platforms and is the exclusive Agreement Management Module used by Cambridge University Publishing. 



Read and Publish

This guide provides information about current Read and Publish Agreements between The University of North Florida's Thomas G. Carpenter Library and journal publishers.

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