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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.

Librarian I, Institutional Repository and Engineering/Sciences

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Denise Brush
Campbell Library 252, Glassboro, New Jersey


If you have questions about Read and Publish Agreements please contact your Subject Librarian for assistance.

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.

ACS (American Chemical Society)

The ACS Read + Publish Agreement with PALCI is now active. Please visit the ACS website below for information about how it works and how to publish your article in an ACS journal using it.

The section "How to publish open access under an institutional agreement" provides step-by-step instructions. 

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 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. 


Our Read and Publish Agreement with IOP (Institute of Physics) Publishing began 1/1/23

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.


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. 


Rowan University is a member of SCOAP3 (Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics) through the library consortium Lyrasis. 

"SCOAP3 is a one-of-its-kind partnership of over three thousand libraries, key funding agencies and research centers in 44 countries, regions or territories and three intergovernmental organisations. Working with leading publishers, SCOAP3 has converted key journals in the field of High-Energy Physics to Open Access and continues to support OA publishing in these journals at no cost for authors. In addition, existing Open Access journals and even books and monographs are centrally supported, removing existing financial barrier for authors and allowing a free and easy scientific discourse in High-Energy Physics. Each country, region or territory contributes in a way commensurate to its scientific output in the field. 

SCOAP3 journals are open for any scientist to publish in without any financial barriers. Copyright stays with authors, and a permissive CC-BY license allows text- and data-mining. SCOAP3 addresses Open Access mandates at no burden for authors. All articles appear in the SCOAP3 repository for further distribution, as well as being Open Access on publishers’ websites. Metadata are freely available and an API (SCOAP3 partner exclusive) allows easy ingestion of all articles in national or institutional repositories." (from, 10/12/22)