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Catherine Brendow
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Choosing a Creative Commons Licence

Finding an Open Access Journal

"Read and Publish" Agreements

A "Read and Publish" agreement is an agreement that bundles journal subscriptions and APCs, allowing university researchers to publish Open Access articles in hybrid or full open-access journals using prepaid APCs. They are intended to be transitional, making it easier for publishers to move from a subscription to an OA model. These agreements are negotiated at the national level by the Consortium of Swiss Academic Libraries. They only cover journal articles, not monographs. 

Switzerland currently has Read and Publish agreements with:

  • Cambridge University Press (unlimited in all hybrid and full OA journals) 
  • Elsevier
  • Oxford University Press (hybrid journals, research or review articles only)
  • Sage
  • Springer (hybrid journals only)
  • Taylor and Francis (449 articles in 2023 for all of Switzerland, original research articles only)
  • Wiley (hybrid journals only, discount on APCs for full OA journals). The maximum article allowance for 2023 has been reached, publication fees can no longer be covered by our Read & Publish agreement until the end of the year.

How does it work?

Eligible authors are automatically identified by their affiliation or e-mail address and offered the Open Access option. The library of the Geneva Graduate Institute validates their affiliation. In the case of multiple authors, the corresponding author must be affiliated with the Geneva Graduate Institute. Some article types (book reviews or forum articles) are not covered by these agreements, and some journals may also be excluded (especially medical journals).

Assessing the Quality of an OA Journal

  • The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) is a "white list" of Open Access and peer-reviewed journals whose quality has been assessed. It also includes information on publication charges, where applicable.
  • The ThinkCheckSubmit website provides sound advice on evaluating journals. ThinkCheckAttend provides information on predatory conferences. Another interesting resource: A beginner's guide to avoiding "predatory" journals (using your critical thinking skills)
  • Check the journal's website: members of the editorial board (although some fake journals use the names of academics without their knowledge or permission, check their website to see if they mention the journal), information about the peer review process, is there clear information about the publication fees, is there a clearly defined subject area, does the journal promise an unrealistically fast turnaround time?
  • Beware: some unscrupulous journals may choose a title that is close to the title of an established journal. Many of them like to have the words "international", "European" or "American" in their titles. 
  • Check several issues of the journal and make your own judgement.
  • And, of course, be wary of unsolicited emails inviting you to contribute, to join an editorial board, or speak at a conference, especially if they are overly flattering.