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University of California enters transformative publishing agreements with The Royal Society, The Company of Biologists, and Canadian Science Publishing

We’re delighted to announce that as of March 9, UC authors will be able to begin making research they publish in The Royal Society, The Company of Biologists, or Canadian Science Publishing journals freely available for anyone to read by taking advantage of the university’s new transformative open access agreements.

These new transformative agreements will apply retrospectively to articles accepted starting on January 1, 2021 and will run through December 31, 2023. The agreements achieve both of UC’s key goals for transformative open access journal agreements: controlling costs and providing for open access publishing in the full portfolio of these publishers, including hybrid (subscription-based) and open access journals.

The agreements include open access publishing of an unlimited number of articles by corresponding authors at the UC campuses. Under the agreements, the UC libraries will automatically pay the first $1,000 of the open access fee, or article processing charge (APC). Authors are asked to pay the remainder if they have research funds available to do so. Authors who do not have research funds available can request full funding of the APC from the libraries, ensuring that lack of research funds does not present a barrier for UC authors who wish to publish open access.

By combining funding from the libraries with authors’ grant funds, the agreements provide a model for how research-intensive institutions can create a sustainable and inclusive path to full open access.

The agreements also provide researchers on UC campuses with reading access to the full portfolio of The Royal Society, The Company of Biologists and Canadian Science Publishing journals.

For more detail about the agreements please see:

The Royal Society Transformative Agreement

The Company of Biologists transformative Agreement

Canadian Science Publishing Transformative Agreement

For any questions you may have, please contact the UC Davis Library’s Scholarly Communications Officer, Michael Ladisch (


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