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Collection updates

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.

Open access publishing

Globally, open access publishing agreements are gaining traction as a way for the research community, academic libraries and scholarly publishers to work together to find a financially viable path to transition to an open access publishing future. UNSW Library is actively seeking inroads to convert Read Only (paywalled subscriptions) agreements to open access agreements, thereby aligning to the University's Open Access Policy and Plan S, while increasing the reach and impact of research.

Open access (OA) via the publisher is one of several open access pathways available to you. Protect your rights to your Author Accepted Manuscript and you can make your work open by depositing it to UNSWorks via ROS even when the publisher version is “closed.” 

UNSWorks is UNSW's institutional repository showcasing the research outputs of UNSW’s staff and students. Research outputs deposited into UNSWorks are openly accessible, discoverable, and reusable by researchers and the public. 

For more information on open access options or rights retention please fill in this short form.

Subscribe to Open (S2O)

UNSW Library supports various models of open access including Subscribe to Open. Articles published in the open access journals are open access with no article processing charges. This model requires the Library to continue subscribing to journals from a publisher in order to support the costs of the open access journals. A more detailed explanation of how Subscribe to Open works can be found on Subscribe to Open Community.org site.

UNSW Library participates in Subscribe to Open programs with a number of publishers including:

If you want to suggest a particular publisher that you think the Library should investigate an agreement with, please use this form.

Read & Publish

'Read & Publish’ agreements bundle subscription costs to read and corresponding author costs to publish into one payment to the publisher. Some agreements have publishing caps, that is a limit on the number of articles that can be published open access under an agreement. There still may be some page and colour charges. UNSW Library only enters into such agreements that are cost neutral and which aim to minimise unintended publishing consequences from either party.

UNSW Library has entered into a number of Read & Publish agreements that will enable authors to publish their articles openly in selected  journals including:

If you want to suggest a particular publisher that you think the Library should investigate an agreement with, please use this form.

No agreements with UNSW

UNSW Library has not reached an Open Access Agreement with the following publishers. However, UNSW Library continues to subscribe to journals with these publishers. Please check the Library Collection for read access.

  • American Chemical Society - no agreement could be reached for 2024 through the CAUL consortia.
  • Association of Computer Machinery (ACM) - ACM are transitioning to fully OA by 2026 (expected not confirmed) after which there will be no further "read only" subscriptions. To achieve this, 2023-2025 pricing models significantly ramp up pricing (340% increase) to research intensive institutions such as UNSW, which is not financially viable for UNSW.
  • Cambridge University Press - this agreement is not financially viable at this time. It is reviewed annually.
  • De Gruyter - this agreement is not financially viable at this time. It is reviewed annually.
  • IEEE - no agreement could be reached for 2023 or 2024 through the CAUL consortia.
  • Journal of Medical Internet Research - this is a gold open access membership model and outside the remit of UNSW Library.
  • Mathematical Sciences Publishers - this agreement is not financially viable at this time. It is reviewed annually.
  • Oxford University Press - this agreement is not financially viable at this time. It is reviewed annually.
  • Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) - this agreement is not financially viable at this time as no UNSW publishing outputs. 
  • Royal Society of Chemistry - no agreement could be reached for 2024 through the CAUL consortia.
  • The Geological Society - UNSW already has access to this content, with additional essential resources, via our GeoScienceWorld subscription.
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