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Read and Publish Agreements

This guide provides information about current Read and Publish Agreements between Rowan University Libraries and journal publishers.

What is a Read and Publish Agreement?

As demand for Open Access journal content increases worldwide, publishers have begun creating a new type of contract with institutional subscribers known as "Read and Publish Agreements" or "Transformative (Open Access) Agreements." 

In return for paying a little more up front for library subscriptions to the publisher's journals, the publishers make it possible for faculty researchers to publish their articles with Open Access Licensing without having to pay Article Processing Charges.

Cambridge University Press

Our Read and Publish Agreement with Cambridge University Press applies to all their Open Access journals

Rowan University researchers can publish in these journals without paying an Article Processing Charge.



Our agreement with PLoS includes these journals: PLoS Biology, PLoS Medicine, PLoS Sustainability, PLoS Water, PLoS Climate, and PLoS Global Public Health. Rowan researchers who publish in these PloS journals can make them Open Access without article processing charges. 


Our initial agreement with IEEE Digital Library (May 2022) allows Rowan University researchers to publish up to 5 articles (total) in any of IEEE's hybrid or fully open access journals

MIT Press Direct to Open

Rowan University Libraries is a participating library in the MIT Press Direct to Open initiative, which supports publishing of scholarly books. 

Features of our participation include:

  • Open access to all new MIT Press scholarly monographs and edited collections (~90 titles per year) from 2022 via recurring participation fees.
  • Provide participating libraries with term access to backlist/archives (~2,300 titles), which will otherwise remain gated. Participating libraries will receive access even if the model is not successful.
  • Cover partial direct costs for the publication of high-quality works that are also available for print purchase.