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Library - Read and Publish Agreements SANLIC 2023: Introduction

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Read and Publish Agreements

The University of Johannesburg Library is repurposing some of its Information budget allocation to include assisting in paying for author publishing costs and also we have entered into Transformative agreements with Publishers through SANLIC.

SANLIC: South African National Library and Information Consortium is a non-profit consortium of member institutions, aimed at negotiating the procurement of, and securing access to information resources on behalf of its members.

This LibGuide will help you find more about the Open Access agreements the Library has signed with a number of scholarly publishers.

Current agreements

The following is a brief outline of each agreement for 2023, in which the University of Johannesburg community will be eligible to participate.

ACM Open

American Chemical Society Read & Publish Agreement (NEW) 2023-2025 

Cambridge University Press (Check out our NEW 2023 Transformative Agreement) 


IOP (Institute of Physics) (NEW) 2023-2025

Oxford Journals (NEW) 2023-2025


ScienceDirect (NEW) 2023-2025

Springer (NEW) 2023-2025 

Wiley (Check out our NEW Publishing Page) 


Open Access Publishing Video

About the Read and Publish Agreements

The Library has signed up to several transformative agreements to support Open Access publishing. These Read and Publish Agreements repurpose existing expenditure to include both:

  • Subscription fees and
  • Open Access publishing fees.

When publishing in journals covered by these agreements, you may be able to publish directly in Open Access journals with no transactional Article Processing Charges (APCs).  

Submit your publications as usual, and if the UJ Library has an agreement in place, the publisher will alert you to an Open Access option on acceptance of the eligible article.  

Exclusions and caps apply to some journals. 

Quartile 1 (Q1) journals covered by APC waivers

Q1 journals rank among top 25% of journals in the same area of research. Publishing in a Q1 journal may result in a higher impact for your article. Individual researchers are in the best position to make the decision of where to publish their content.

Open Access Publishing

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Open Access Publishing (Gold): The characteristics of open access publishing are akin to traditional publishing, by which an author submits a work to be peer reviewed and is published at no cost for others to read.  Costs to fund the publication process may be assessed to the author through article processing charges, although many publishers charge no fee.

Open Access Self-Archiving (Green): Green open access involves the self-archiving of research published through traditional journals.  A variety of platforms are available for researchers to self-archive their work, including disciplinary repositories (e.g. ArXiv or PubMed Central) and institutional repositories (e.g. UJIR) hosted by universities and organizations.

Hybrid Open Access Journals: Hybrid Open Access Journals include subscription journals which offer an option to publish open access.