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Publish and Read | Read and Publish Agreements

Information and guidance on publisher waivers for Tulane authors' open access article publishing fees

Publishing Open Access

Howard-Tilton Memorial Library has negotiated agreements with two major scholarly journal publishers that waive the article publication charges for Tulane authors who want their articles to be open access or publically available.

One of the publishers is Cambridge University Press, through which the library pays for subscription access to around 400 journals spread across science, engineering, medicine, social science, and humanities disciplines. The other is the American Chemical Society (ACS), through which the library subscribes to around 65 journals focused on chemistry and related fields.

Open access (OA) is shaping the future of scholarly publishing, and one aspect of this is the growing number of opportunities for authors to publish open access articles in high quality journals maintained by traditional scholarly publishers. Gold open access allows free public access to an article in its final published form (version of record) even in journals subsidized by the high subscription costs paid by libraries. This allows the results of scholarly research to spread more rapidly, compared to publications behind a paywall. However, authors also pay article publication fees that publishers charge for the expanded open access.

Publish + Read, and Read + Publish, are new alternatives to the traditional subscription model that address this problem.  In both alternatives, the publisher bundles library subscription and article publication costs so that one offsets the other.  See below for an explanation of the (relatively minor) difference between the two models. 

Both Cambridge University Press and the American Chemical Society require the library, on behalf of the university, to approve article publishing charge waivers through a third party tool called Rightslink that is managed by the Copyright Clearance Center.  However, for Tulane authors the waiver process should be relatively seamless and incorporated into the article submittal process at the journal end, where the authors would be identified as Tulane affiliates.  In approving a waiver, the library will simply be confirming the author’s university affiliation and eligibility.

Andy Corrigan
Associate Dean of Libraries

Publish + Read vs Read + Publish: Explained

A Publish + Read agreement is an agreement in which the publisher receives payment only for publishing and reading in the form of open access is included for no additional cost.  (Payment is the library's subscription cost. )

A Read + Publish agreement is an agreement in which the publisher receives payment for reading in the form of open access and payment for publishing bundled into a single contract.  This typically includes a fee tacked onto the library's subscription cost. 

Information Contacts

Raquel Horlick

Coordinator for Scholarly Resources - Sciences and Engineering 

Courtney Kearney

Scholarly Engagement Librarian - Physical Sciences and Data Management

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