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 2023, the ANU Library is participating in 12 RAP agreements, which will enable Australian National University (ANU) authors to publish accepted articles into eligible journals without any APCs. These agreements are:
Association of Computing Machinery (ACM)
American Institute of Physics Publishing (AIPP)
Institute of Physics Publishing (IOPP)
Portland Press Biochemical Society
Taylor & Francis
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.
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