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Read and Publish (RAP) Agreements

Elsevier RAP Agreement

Elsevier is a leader in information and analytics for researchers and healthcare professionals. Elsevier enables open access in nearly all of its 2,700+ journals, with 600+ dedicated open access journals.

The 2023 - 2025 Elsevier RAP agreement enables ANU authors to publish accepted articles into selected hybrid e-journals from Elsevier without any APCs.

ANU authors are also eligible for a 15% discount on core Hybrid or Gold APCs for articles outside of the RAP agreement.

Included titles

This agreement allows ANU authors to publish open access in 1649 core hybrid titles with no transactional APCs. View the full list of eligible Elsevier titles.

This includes high impact titles such as:

  • Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews
  • Applied Catalysis B: Environmental
  • Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews

And titles with high Australian and New Zealand authorship, such as:

  • Science of the Total Environment
  • Women and Birth
  • Chemical Engineering Journal

Find a participating journal in this agreement by title or subject area.

Excluded titles

Titles not include in the agreement for open access publishing may still benefit from a 15% discount on open access article processing charges (APCs). Please check the full title list to see which journals offer a discount.

Eligible articles

Article types

Open access publishing covered under this RAP agreement includes the following article types:

  • full length articles
  • review articles
  • case reports
  • practice guidelines
  • replication study.

Acceptance date

Articles must have an acceptance date within the duration of this agreement (2023-2025) to be eligible to be published open access with no transactional APCs.

During the first half of 2023 CAUL and Elsevier operated a restricted title list of 235 journals. For articles accepted from 15 June 2023 onwards, this restriction was lifted and all 1649 eligible hybrid journals are now able to participate in this open access agreement.

Number of included articles

  • This agreement provides for an allowance of articles* by authors to be published open access in 2023 with no transactional APCs.
  • The allowance is a collective pool for all participating CAUL (Council of Australian University Librarians) Member institutions.
  • Once the allowance is used, authors of any additional articles accepted in 2023, may choose to publish articles as "closed access" or pay an APC for the article to be published open access, with a 15% discount.
  • Articles published open access in gold open access or hybrid journals not included in this agreement are eligible for a 15% discount on the APC.

*the number of included articles for 2023 is calculated at 60% (7,138 articles) of the 2021 hybrid output OA articles from authors at participating institutions. In 2024 the number will be 80% and in 2025 100%. The exact number of articles in 2024 and 2025 will depend on the number of participating institutions in those years.

Information for authors

Responsible corresponding authors above may publish immediately to open access on the publisher's platform once the article has been accepted with no transactional APCs. For further guidance for researchers or to access a step-by- step publication guide, please refer to the UPublish guide.

Author rights

Articles from authors at participating institutions will be published under a CC-BY or CC BY-NC-ND licence.

Further information about the licences is available on the publisher’s website.

The Creative Commons licenses allow reuse (some with conditions) while protecting the authors' rights of acknowledgment as authors. Authors retain copyright.

How to submit your article for open access publishing

  1. Follow the publisher's usual article submission process via the Elsevier website - ensuring that you are listed as the corresponding author.
  2. Select the ANU as the institutional affiliation and state the relevant research funding source(s) as part of the submission process.
  3. Upon acceptance of the manuscript, choose and sign either a CC BY or CC BY-NC-ND open access license.

For more information on the author workflow refer to this guide for authors on the Elsevier website.

Author identification

Authors will be identified as eligible for open access publishing with no transactional APCs by:

  • institutional affiliation as stated in the article to be published
  • ANU email address provided in the submission process.

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