It is a great pleasure to update you on the new OA publishing agreements signed with publishers. In the past two years, the Library and Information Service has signed agreements with a number of publishers that offer discounts on article processing charges (APCs) or, in some cases, allow authors to publish OA without paying (APCs). In 2023, over 4 400 hybrid journals and 550 fully OA journals have been added to the list of journals where SU authors can publish fully OA without APCs, bringing the total to more than 7 300 hybrid journals opened up as a result of transformational agreements. What this means is that in 2023, South African authors can now publish fully OA without APCs in more than half of all subscription journals that member institutions subscribe to!
We would like to encourage researchers to use these publishing options to enhance the visibility of SU research as well as to raise the research profile of the University.
The Library has signed new OA (Read and Publish) agreements with the following publishers for 2023 – 2025:
American Chemical Society (ACS)
This is a three-year read and publish agreement (2023-2025) for the ACS All Publications package. The agreement includes continued read access to over 75 journals in the ACS All Publications package as well as unlimited open access publishing in the ACS hybrid journals.
There is no limit on the number of articles that can be published open access in the ACS hybrid journals. For gold open access journals (the ACS Au journals), a flat $3 000 article processing charge (APC) applies. The exception is ACS Omega, for which the APC is already heavily discounted.
IOP Science Extra
Read access is provided to over 70 scholarly journals, including the renowned Journal of Physics series, back to 1874. Publishing is unlimited in IOP's hybrid and gold OA journals. However, there are a few titles where the IOP is contractually prevented from offering open access publishing.
The Oxford Journals collection features 376 scholarly and authoritative journals published in collaboration with several professional societies. Current subscriptions include access back to 1996. Publishing is unlimited in all eligible hybrid journals and a 10% discount on article processing charges in Gold Open Access journals.
This is a three-year (2023-2025) read and publish agreement with Elsevier for the ScienceDirect Freedom Collection. The offer includes capped hybrid OA publishing without article processing charges (APCs). The article entitlement for the above in 2023 is 2221 nationwide. The agreement also includes a 15% discount on Gold Open Access titles.
Also included is a developmental programme to support growth and development in the South African researcher community. You can read about the agreement here: https://www.elsevier.com/open-access/agreements/south-africa
This is a three-year transformational read and publish agreement (2023-2025) for the Springer Compact collection, which includes all hybrid and closed journals in Springer, Adis, Palgrave and Nature Academic journals. No APCs are payable for publishing in these titles. Fully open access Springer Nature journals, including BioMed Central (BMC) journals and Nature Research Journals, are excluded from this agreement. However, submissions under the University's affiliation will grant researchers 15% discount on the APCs for BMC, Springer Open and Palgrave Macmillan Open titles.
Prior to 2023, the Library signed OA agreements with the publishers listed below:
a) Publishing with no APCs
Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
The agreement allows corresponding authors from SU to publish an unlimited number of articles OA in ACM journals free of charge.
Cambridge University Press
The agreement allows corresponding authors from SU to publish research articles in CUP journals free of charge.
The agreement permits corresponding authors from SU to publish a capped number of articles as OA free of charge in the Emerald gold and hybrid journals to which we subscribe.
Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
The agreement permits corresponding authors from SU to publish an uncapped number of articles as OA in IMechE journals free of charge.
The agreement allows corresponding authors from SU to publish an uncapped number of articles as OA in SAGE hybrid titles (SAGE Choice) free of charge. Corresponding SU authors will also receive a discount of 20% when publishing in SAGE's gold OA portfolio of titles.
Sponsoring Consortium for OA Publishing in Particle Physics (SCOAP³)
The partnership allows corresponding authors from SU to publish OA in journals in the SCOAP³ repository free of charge. The subject focus of this resource is particle physics.
The agreement allows corresponding authors from SU to publish free of charge in Wiley's hybrid OA journals. From 2023, our agreement includes open access publishing in all Wiley Gold Open Access journals and Hindawi journals. There is no limit on the number of articles that may be published by authors affiliated to SU in these journals for the years 2023 and 2024. There is also a new publishing page on the SANLiC website - Wiley-SANLiC which links to the Wiley Researcher Academy and other useful resources as well as upcoming events.
b) Discounted APCs
Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI)
Corresponding SU authors will receive a 10% discount on the APC for any paper accepted for publication by MDPI. To browse subjects and journals covered here, please click on this link: https://www.mdpi.com/.
Royal Society of Chemistry
Corresponding authors from SU will receive a 15% discount on APCs when publishing OA with RSC. The first four articles submitted to RSC by SU authors per year will be published free of charge.
For a full title list of SANLiC Read and Publish agreements, please click the link below:
For more information about the publishers and to view titles eligible for OA publishing, please visit https://libguides.sun.ac.za/OApublishing. Enquiries about OA agreements may be directed to the Manager: E-resources, Caretha Nel, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 021 808 4433.
Summary of read and publish agreements to date:
Stellenbosch University Library and Information Service, Helpline Numbers: +27 21 808 4883, Corp Office / Postal Address: Private Bag X5036 Stellenbosch, 7599