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The objective of this resource is to inform the UNSW community of changes to the Library Collection and open access publishing agreements in which the University participates.

The Royal Society Open Access Publishing Agreement

Agreement duration: The UNSW agreement is from 1 January 2024 to 31 December 2024.

Please note, UNSW corresponding authors can simply comply with the Open Access policy by retaining the rights to the Author Accepted Manuscript and depositing a copy into UNSWorks (via ROS) using a CC-BY licence.

Summary: The Royal Society publishes ten journals across the biological, physical, mathematical and engineering sciences. 

Agreement details: ESAC Link for The Royal Society

Titles included: The Royal Society open access agreement includes the following titles:

  • Philosophical Transactions A
  • Philosophical Transactions B
  • Proceedings A
  • Proceedings B
  • Biology Letters
  • Interface
  • Interface Focus
  • Notes and Records
  • Open Biology 
  • Royal Society Open Science

NB: Biographical Memoirs is the only journal not included in as this is an obituary work that is by editorial invitation only.  

Author eligibility: Is in line with licence terms - all current UNSW researchers including HDR candidates. 

Information for authors: Corresponding authors may publish immediately to open access on the publisher's platform once the article has been accepted, with no transactional APCs. For journal response times between submission and acceptance you should check the specific journal guidelines for accurate information.

Eligible article types: Articles from authors at member institutions will be published under a CC-BY license, which allows maximum reuse while protecting the authors' rights of acknowledgment as authors.

Acceptance date: 1 January 2024 to 31 December 2024.

Number of included articles:There is no limit on the number of articles that can be published by UNSW corresponding authors under the agreement.

Sharing via repositories: 

Green open access
  • Authors may deposit a pre-print of their article in an institutional repository at any time. 
  • A final author accepted manuscript version may be posted on the researcher's personal or institutional website and loaded onto an institutional or subject repository once accepted for publication (under a CC-BY licence where funders require it). 
  • There is no automated loading to institutional repositories.
Other repositories 
  • Articles are deposited directly to PubMed.
  • The Royal Society journals are included in Google Scholar, Scopus, Web of Science and other indexing and abstracting services. 
  • Journals are indexed by major abstracting services including Web of Science, Scitopia, Journal Citation Reports, PubMed, INSPEC and Scopus.

How to submit your article for open access publishing: 

  1. The UNSW corresponding author should follow the usual article submission process via The Royal Society website.

  2. On acceptance of the article, the publisher will ask the corresponding author to complete a form (publishing agreement).

  3. On acceptance of the manuscript, the payment system will allow UNSW corresponding authors to choose UNSW as their institution and remove the open access fee. Articles from authors at participating institutions will be published under a CC BY licence.

  4. To comply with the Open Access policy the UNSW corresponding author will need to retain the rights to either the Published Version of Record or Author Accepted Manuscript, and deposit into UNSWorks using a CC BY licence.

Corresponding authors should not use personal email addresses (e.g. Hotmail, Gmail) or email addresses affiliated with other organisations, research centres or institutes. Otherwise they may be ineligible under the terms of this agreement.

For any queries about this open access publishing agreement please use this short form.

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