Royal Society of Chemistry
|Read and Publish Agreement
|Has the agreement been disclosed and published?
|01/01/2024 – 12/31/2024
|Consortia / Institution
Approximate range of annual corresponding author publications
|Comments on size/article output
|Unlimited OA publishing allowed for all participating institutions
How do the costs of the agreement relate to previous subscription-only agreements with the publisher?
|Agreement costs within the range of the previous spending level
Transformative agreements vary by their transformative mechanisms, meaning the way in which financing is shifted from the subscription side to open access publishing. What are the characteristics of this agreement to this regard?
|Subscriptions partly converted to OA publishing fees
How do entitlements for open access publishing correlate to the anticipated article output? Which mechanisms for risk sharing have been agreed in cases of exceeding or not reaching the number of OA publishing entitlements?
|Fees are fixed for the duration of the agreement. Any 2025-2028 annual fee increases are capped. Unlimited OA publishing is permitted for all participating institutions.
Are all journals relevant to your affiliated authors (in which you expect them to publish) eligible for OA publishing under the agreement?
|Are fully open access journals covered by the agreement?
|CC-BY preference, exceptions allowed
|Original research articles
What is the approximate share of access related costs of the overall agreement?
|More than 50%
Are all read relevant journals covered by the agreement?
|PERPETUAL ACCESS RIGHTS
|OVERALL ASSESSMENT AND COMMENTS
|This cost-neutral agreement covers unlimited OA publishing as well as reading access (including perpetual rights to years subscribed) to RSC’s full journal package (RSC Gold). Negotiated license terms are robust for the reading component of the agreement. The publisher seems to have a smooth workflow in place for corresponding authors who are covered by the agreement. As RSC achieves a full transition to OA, it will be critical for the publisher to rightsize and ensure equity of participating institutions’ pricing thoughtfully and transparently over time.
|Request contact to the licensee
|contact [at] esac-initiative [dot] org