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Read & Publish Agreements and Publisher Discounts: Elsevier

This guide explains Read & Publish open access agreements provided for UC researchers by the Library. These agreements remove Article Processing Fees payable by authors for open access publishing to included publishers and journals.

Elsevier - Read & Publish Agreement

The University of Canberra has a Read & Publish Agreement with Elsevier for 2023-2025

Journals included in this agreement

This agreement allows authors from participating institutions to publish open access in most of Elsevier's hybrid journals.

UC's agreement does not include journals outside of our subscription packages - see list for details:

View the full title list here (Airtable).

NOTE: Some titles not include in the agreement offer a 15% discount on open access article processing charges (APCs). There is no limit to the number of articles published with this discount. Please check the full title list to see which journals offer a discount.

Eligible article types

These article types qualify for the Read and Publish agreement:

  • Full Length Articles
  • Review Articles
  • Case Reports
  • Practice Guidelines
  • Replication Study

Elsevier has not specified a limit on article types that qualify for the 15% discount only.

Limitations of the agreement

  • The corresponding author must be from one of the institutions participating in the agreement.
  • Authors must use their institutional email address when submitting an article for publication in order for the publication to be approved to be published open access with no transactional APCs.
  • Your article must be accepted within 1/01/2023 - 31/12/2025 to be eligible to be published open access under the terms of the agreement.
  • This agreement provides for 10,440 articles across all participating institutions to be published open access with no transactional APCs in 2024.
  • A small number of included journals have mandatory page charges that are not covered by the agreement.
  • Colour printing is optional and colour printing charges are not included under the terms of the agreement.
  • Figures can appear in colour online and black-and-white in print at no charge. These charges only apply to journals with print issues.
  • A small number of journals (mostly in the Economics field) have submission charges that are not covered by the agreement.
  • When submitting articles for publication, please check individual journal home pages for up-to-date information on page and colour charges.

Creative Commons licences

Articles from authors at participating institutions may be published under the authors' choice of either

  • CC-BY

The Creative Commons licenses allow reuse (some with conditions) while protecting the authors' rights of acknowledgment as authors. Authors retain copyright.

Please note: Under the CC BY-NC-ND license and for the Elsevier user license permitted 3rd party reuse is only applicable for non-commercial purposes. For further details on the rights granted to Elsevier see their copyright information or to obtain permission for commercial use see their permission information. Also note further permission may be required from the rights owner for any content within an article that is identified as belonging to a third party.

For more information on Creative Commons licenses see the home page of this guide.

How to submit your article

  • Follow the publisher's usual article submission process via
  • On acceptance of the article, the publisher will ask the corresponding author to make their publishing choices and complete a form (publishing agreement).
  • The corresponding author selects open access and confirms the licence type (e.g. CC-BY).
  • The APC is automatically waived for authors who have declared their affiliation to a participating CAUL institution during the publishing workflow.
  • In the case of journals eligible for a discount only - the discounted open access publishing option will be provided during the submission process, based on the corresponding author's affiliation.