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Open Access Transformative Agreements

What are transformative agreements?

Transformative agreements, also known as 'transitional' or read and publish agreements, are ways for publishers to move from traditional subscription journals to an open access model. The open access costs payable in these agreements are covered by CityLibrary's journal subscription payments to specific publishers.

Which publications are covered by the agreements?

City's transformative agreements can cover the cost of publications which meet the following criteria:

  • Original research and review articles
  • By corresponding authors at City who are academic and research staff
  • To be published in participating subscription journals and open access journals


Which publishers does City have agreements with?

CityLibrary has transformative agreements with the following publishers

  • BMJ
  • Cambridge University Press
  • Oxford University Press
  • Sage
  • Springer
  • Taylor & Francis
  • Wiley

The process for using each agreement varies between publisher. See Agreements by publisher for details on each one.

How to use the transformative agreement open access option?

When submitting your article to the journal:

  • Ensure the journal that you are submitting to is covered by the agreement
  • Ensure you are listed as the corresponding author
  • Include your City, University of London affiliation 
  • Include your City email address

Your article will then be identified as being eligible to be published gold open access with a Creative Commons (CC) licence. Academic funders specify the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) licence as a condition of their funding, therefore, it is important to check the terms and conditions of your funding agreement prior to selecting the licence.

The publisher will contact you directly regarding licence options for you to choose.