The Royal Society
|Agreement labeling||The Royal Society Publishing Read and Publish Agreement|
|Has the agreement been disclosed and published?||No|
|Agreement period||01/01/2023 – 12/31/2023|
|Consortia / Institution||TIB Consortium|
Approximate range of annual corresponding author publications
|Comments on size/article output||Based on avg. article output from 2020-21|
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|
|Comments on cost development||The publish fee, based on historic APC-spend, is for an unlimited number of open access articles and is added to the subscription cost (discounted read fee)|
Transfomative 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?
|See comment on cost development|
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?
|No mechanisms for risk sharing have been agreed due to the agreement covering an unlimited amount of articles|
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?||Yes|
|OA LICENSE||CC-BY mandatory|
||All article types|
What is the approximate share of access related costs of the overall agreement?
|More than 50%|
|Comments on access costs||See comment on cost development|
Are all read relevant journals covered by the agreement?
|PERPETUAL ACCESS RIGHTS||Yes|
|WORKFLOW ASSESSMENT||Too early to assess|
|OVERALL ASSESSMENT AND COMMENTS||Consortium members gain read access and unlimited publishing opportunities in the journals (hybrid and Gold OA) of their chosen package. The read fee is based on a transparent pricing model that is recalculated yearly to avoid double-dipping, and members receive a discount on the list price. The publish fee is based on historic APC spend (avg. 2020-21). It remains to be seen whether the read cost will decrease to an extend that will justify the projected increase in the publish fee under this model.|
|Request contact to the licensee||contact [at] esac-initiative [dot] org|