Tulane Libraries Announce New Agreement to Broaden Access to Published Research

Tulane University Libraries are pleased to announce the signing of Publish and Read agreements with two major scholarly journal publishers. Under these new agreements, newly-published articles by Tulane researchers appearing in any of nearly 500 academic journals from Cambridge University Press and the American Chemical Society (ACS) will now be freely available to all readers under an Open Access (OA) model. Article processing charges (APCs) typically required for OA publishing in such “hybrid” journals are waived.

The agreements represent a significant breakthrough in bringing Tulane’s leading-edge research to readers without restrictive paywalls or extra charges and help build new, more financially sustainable models of scholarly communication.

The 400 Cambridge journals covered span nearly all disciplines, from science, engineering, medicine, social science, and the humanities. ACS subscriptions cover 65 journals focused on chemistry and related fields. All papers will be vetted by the peer review process traditionally employed by these journals, ensuring the quality and reliability the research community has come to expect from these publishers.

Last fall, the campus-wide Scholarly Communications Committee, co-chaired by Tulane’s Dean of Libraries and Academic Information Resources, David Banush, and Giovanni Piedimonte, Vice President for Research, endorsed efforts to encourage Open Access publication in high quality journals while simultaneously supporting more sustainable journal subscription pricing models. “Publish and Read models bring us closer to sustainability by combining subscription and Open Access article publication costs in a more neutral way that benefits the university as a whole,” notes Andy Corrigan, Associate Dean of Libraries and Chief Collections Officer, who played a central role in obtaining the agreements.

Detailed information for Tulane authors about the Cambridge University Press Publish and Read article publishing charge waiver process are available here. The American Chemical Society (ACS) Press Publish and Read details are here. For assistance and more information, please contact Raquel Horlick, Coordinator for Scholarly Resources for Sciences & Engineering, or Courtney Kearney, Scholarly Engagement Librarian for Physical Sciences and Data Management. More information about Open Access publishing is available via a Library Guide on the topic.

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