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16 December 2020

Cambridge University Press and Jisc reach UK-wide flexible open access read and publish agreement

  • Deal comes after year-long discussions with UK institutions
  • Institutions with single subscription receive upgrade to access full collection
  • Menu of Read and Publish options to meet different publishing profiles, requirements and budgets.
  • Flexible, inclusive agreement means institutions can join and transition at their own pace, but none are left behind in transition to open access

Cambridge University Press (CUP) and Jisc, the education and research not for profit, have reached a UK-wide open access (OA) agreement that offers a range of flexible Read and Publish options to all UK institutions. Institutions who did not previously take the complete collection, will receive a full upgrade to the complete collection for no additional fee.

The agreement comes after a year-long negotiation, alongside extensive consultation with UK institutions to secure an improved read and publish offer that meets the diverse needs of Jisc members. It will increase OA publishing in both hybrid and gold titles from 19 per cent to 100 per cent OA for participating institutions.

Provided options cover both the payment for institutions to access the Press’s journals and the Article Processing Charges their authors would normally pay to publish their work open access in those journals.

Chris Bennett, Global Sales Director at the Press, said: “It’s fantastic to have reached this major, national agreement, which has been shaped in close consultation with higher education institutions across the UK, and in collaboration with Jisc. We share a commitment to achieving full and sustainable open access and to supporting the impact of UK research, worldwide.”

Caren Milloy, Director of Jisc Licensing, said: “We are delighted to have reached this agreement as UK authors publish a significant number of articles with Cambridge University Press. This agreement offers our members flexibility and affordability in the transition to open access and ensures research outputs are published in compliance with funder policies.”

The Press’s commitment to open access stems from its belief that a sustainable transition is vital to the future of research and in keeping with its mission to advance learning, research and knowledge worldwide.

Cambridge University Press continues to forge read and publish deals with institutions and consortia around the world and recently requested that the majority of its journals be given transformative journal status by cOAlition S as part of a commitment to transition them to full open access.



Notes to editors:

About Cambridge University Press: Cambridge University Press is part of the University of Cambridge. It furthers the University's mission by disseminating knowledge in the pursuit of education, learning and research at the highest international levels of excellence. Its extensive peer-reviewed publishing lists comprise 50,000 titles covering academic research and professional development, as well as school-level education and English language teaching. Playing a leading role in today's international marketplace, Cambridge University Press has more than 50 offices around the globe, and it distributes its products to nearly every country in the world.

About Jisc Collections: Jisc Collections works on behalf of Jisc members and customers, to negotiate and license the high-quality digital content agreements needed to support academic research, teaching and learning. Our strategic groups represent the sector and set the direction of negotiations.

About Open Research at the Press: As the Open Research movement seeks to unlock the potential in academic research by making knowledge accessible to all; we believe that making Open Research work for our communities is crucial.  Our history, relationship with the University and not-for-profit status creates a strong position from which we can engage the community, invest in innovative solutions and play an important role in helping to shape Open Research as it evolves.

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