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Read-and-Publish Agreements: Researchers, Librarians, Publishers Working Together Towards an Open Access Future

Get more information on transformative license agreements negotiated by U of U librarians

Researchers, Librarians, Publishers Working Together Towards an Open Access Future

U of U Open Access Agreements

More to come! (ACM agreement in the works)

Brief Overview

A read-and-publish journal license allows for researchers to both read articles from a journal as well as publish their articles on an open-access basis. It’s a response to the ever-growing preference for online and open access (OA) to research. The no-cost OA option right now at the U of U is self-archiving via USpace. But librarians have recently been able to negotiate this type of license with some publishers (listed on the left).

This type of license eventually means that the library will have to support both reading and publishing and, at the U of U, we utilize a cost-share model for supporting open access publishing by developing OA funds at the department or college level.

By engaging directly with researchers in a department or college, a cost-share approach helps researchers have a greater understanding of the upfront costs of publishing and helps address the issue of what some researchers like to do, which is break up research into the smallest publishable unit especially if a department has an expectation of quantity in their retention, promotion, and tenure (RPT) standards. A cost-share approach can encourage a more holistic approach to communicating the results of scholarship and research.     

 

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