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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.

ScienceDirect Read & Publish agreement

Agreement duration: The UNSW agreement is from 1st January 2023 - 31st December 2025 or until the annual publication cap is reached.

Summary: ScienceDirect journals are part of Elsevier, a global analytics company. ScienceDirect journals are focussed on the medical, scientific and technical disciplines.

Titles included: ScienceDirect title list. Titles are limited to 237 hybrid journals that are most highly published in by participating institutions. Journals that transfer from hybrid to gold during the term of the agreement will still be eligible for publishing under the quota if they were hybrid journals at the start of the agreement date. 

Information for authors: UNSW corresponding authors must use their UNSW institutional email address ( to be eligible under this agreement. This agreement allows researchers to publish open access under a CC BY or CC BY-NC-ND licence. There may be additional page charges that remain payable by the corresponding author. There is a 15% discount on core hybrid or gold APCs for articles outside of this agreement. There is nothing additional for the corresponding author to do. The 15% discount will appear at the acceptance stage of the author journey and will be clearly shown on the invoice to the author.

Eligible article types: Research articles and review articles. Other article types such as brief articles, practice guidelines, short communications are excluded.

Acceptance date: Eligible articles that have an acceptance date during the term of this agreement 1st January 2023 - 31st December 2025. Articles accepted before the start of this agreement are not eligible.

Number of included articles: This is a capped agreement. In 2023 the number of articles is limited to 7010 (69% of 2021 publishing output of participating institutions).

How to submit your article for open access publishing:

  1. The UNSW corresponding author should follow the usual article submission process via the journal's homepage.

  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 or CC BY-NC-ND 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 transformative agreement please contact the Collection Development & Policy Unit via

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