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Read and Publish (RAP) Agreements

Read and Publish Agreements

Read and Publish (RAP) agreements are ‘transformative’ agreements that combine the cost of reading (closed, subscription access) and publishing (Article Processing Charges (APCs)). The end goal of RAP agreements is a fully open access publishing environment.

In 2022, the ANU Library is participating in six RAP agreements, which will enable Australian National University (ANU) authors to publish accepted articles into eligible journals without any APCs. These agreements are:

  • Brill
  • Future Science
  • Microbiology Society
  • Portland Press Biochemical Society
  • Springer Nature
  • Wiley

Details for each of these agreements, including information for authors, can be accessed via the navigation tabs of this guide.

Principles for ANU Library participation in RAP agreements

The ANU Library participates in RAP agreements where there are perceived benefits for ANU, and where additional financial commitments are minimised.

The following principles are used when determining whether to participate: 

  • Alignment with the University’s research.

  • Enhancement of the University’s research impact and engagement.

  • Alignment with the University’s strategic plan.

  • Agreements must support the needs of, and have support from, academics.

  • Agreements must be cost-neutral compared to existing subscription agreements.

For each RAP offer, existing trends in ANU publishing outputs are analysed to determine whether a RAP would be beneficial to the ANU community. Cost impacts over time are also considered, including a comparison of expenditure between subscription and RAP costs, and consideration of any projected price increases over time.

Further information

Further information is available under the FAQ tab. If you have any questions or feedback please contact us for assistance.

Licence

The information in this LibGuide was adapted from Read and Publish Agreements Negotiated by CAUL via a Creative Commons 4.0 Attribution Licence.

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