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The objective of this resource is to inform the UNSW community of changes to the library collection and transformative agreements the University has entered into for open access publishing.

Company of Biologists agreement

Agreement duration: The UNSW agreement is from 1st January 2023 - 31st December 2023. An agreement was also in place from 1st January 2022 - 31st December 2022.

Summary: The Company of Biologists is a not-for-profit publishing organisation which aims to support scholarship in the biological sciences. This agreement offers UNSW corresponding authors open access publishing in all five Company of Biologists journals.

Titles included: All five included journals are listed on the Company of Biologists homepage - Development, Journal of Cell Science, Journal of Experimental Biology, Disease Models and Mechanisms and Biology Open.

Information for authors: Please see the publisher's guide for authors and guidelines for corresponding authors. UNSW corresponding authors must use their UNSW institutional email address ( to be eligible under this agreement.

Acceptance date: Eligible articles that have an acceptance date during the term of this agreement 1st January 2023 - 31st December 2023).

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

How to submit your article for open access publishing:

  1. The UNSW corresponding author should follow the article submission process via the Company of Biologists website. You will need a Bench>Press account to submit a new manuscript. The UNSW corresponding author must affiliate correctly to be eligible. This includes choosing UNSW as their institution and using their UNSW email address.

  2. If your article is accepted, the publisher will send the UNSW corresponding author a publication agreement to complete.

  3. On acceptance of the manuscript, an automatic fee-waiver will be applied. UNSW Library has opted-in for the automated workflow.

  4. UNSW corresponding author will receive a confirmation email confirming you are eligible for open access publishing under this agreement. A PDF proof will be sent to you for review. The final approved version will be published under a CC BY licence.

  5. 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 transformative agreement please contact the Collection Development & Policy Unit via

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