Transformative Agreements

Open Access

Open Access (OA) means making research publications freely available so anyone can benefit from reading, and using, research.

The result is that research becomes available to many more people than a subscription-only journal article does. This, in turn, may stimulate further research and feed into a wider scholarly communications ‘cycle’.  And besides wider public accessibility, there is clear evidence that OA can lead to an increase in citations.

Open Access also encourages public engagement with research, much of which is paid for out of public money. It is part of a wider movement to encourage free exchange of knowledge, data and other resources in an attempt to widen access and stimulate creativity.

More detailed information about Open Access can be found on the pages of the Department of Research, Business and Innovation:

To support the Open Access agenda and to gradually change the existing publishing ‘pay-to-read’ model the University is provided with a block grant from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). This is administered by Information Services and is intended to cover a range of eligible OA costs, from Transformative Agreements with publishers which contain ‘Read’ and ‘Publish’ elements, to individual Article Processing Charges (APCs). 

Details relating to those Transformative Agreements and how authors can make use of their OA allowances can be found below.


Transformative agreements:

UKRI is a member of cOAlition S and supports the global Open Access 2020 Initiative (OA2020) which aims to accelerate the transition to Open Access by adopting strategies to systematically withdraw financial support of paywalled publishing venues and reinvest those funds to support Open Access publishing. cOAlition S encourages publishers to enter into transformative arrangements globally in all countries and share data from such arrangements.

Aberystwyth University has signed a number of Transformative Agreements negotiated by Jisc [] with academic publishers on behalf of UK researchers and universities. The following agreements provide both traditional ‘read’ access to journals and various mechanisms for Aberystwyth authors to publish gold open access.

ACS Publications 2019 - 2021

AU has been provided with 2 Open Access Tokens for 2021 as part of their Read and Publish deal with ACS.  Instructions can be found on this page:

Authors MUST select their institution at the time of article submission. If the article is not affiliated with the institution included in the open access agreement, the CCC RightsLink transaction will not prompt them to request funding from that institution.

If authors have any difficulties, please contact

Cambridge University Press (CUP)           1 Jan 2021 – 31 Dec 2024

This read and publish agreement allows for unlimited publishing in year 1 (2021), by corresponding authors of participating institutions

For details on publishing via Open Access in Cambridge University Press journals: 

Company of Biologists   1 Jan 2020-31 Dec 2021

Participating institutions (which includes AU) receive unlimited access to all paywalled content, plus unlimited, immediate open access publishing of the Version of Record for all corresponding authors at those institutions under CC-BY licence terms, in the Society's three hybrid journals: Development; Journal of Cell Science; Journal of Experimental Biology.  For further details see websites for each of the journals:

Institute of Physics Publications              10 Feb 2020 - 31 Dec 2023

Deal covers more than 40 journals which they manage.  It allows for unlimited APCs within those journals at no additional cost.  A small number of further journals are eligible for a 70% discount, though authors will need to identify eligibility to the publishers themselves. A link to the journal lists, together with details about how discounts etc are applied can be found on this page:

Microbiology Society     1 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2021

AU receives unlimited access to all paywalled content, plus unlimited, immediate OA publishing under CC-BY licence terms of the "Version of Record" for all accepted manuscripts, where the corresponding author is at Aberystwyth University.  Further details can be found here:

Open Library of Humanities Library    20 Jun 2019 - 30 Apr 2021

The Open Library of Humanities (OLH) is a not-for-profit, Gold open access journal platform (with 27 journals) and books publisher for the humanities. OLH implements a collaborative and collective funding model and facilitates open access through institutional membership.  For further information, see:

Oxford University Press 1 Jan 2021 – 31 Dec 2023

OUP’s Read and Publish Deal allows for 11 APCs in 2021, 12 in 2022 and 13 in 2023.  These can be applied for by authors via the process set out on the OUP website

Royal Society of Chemistry          1 April 2020 - 31 Dec 2021

AU’s current agreement includes an allowance for 2 APC’s annually.  Information for authors can be found on this page:

Neither APC has yet been used for 2021.

Springer     25 Apr 2020 – 31 Dec 2023

Unlimited APCs in Springer hybrid subscription journals.  Please see for details of SpringerCompact deal.  The same page provides a link to a listing of Springer journal titles which are eligible for the SpringerCompact deal.

Wiley                    4 Mar 2020 - 31 Dec 2023

APCs are available up to a limit set by Wiley for this year of the deal – which is the equivalent across all UK HE of 8000 APCs on a first come, first serve basis.  We will be informed when there are none left or when limitations on eligibility are introduced.  Current take-up suggests this may be in October

Authors are guided through the process on submission via Wiley’s portal.


These Transformative Agreements are complex and do vary enormously. Please read your publisher correspondence carefully and contact with any questions to avoid any personal liability for costs.