Transformative Agreement signed between the Microbiology Society and Institute of Microbiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences

10 March 2022

The Microbiology Society and Institute of Microbiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IMCAS) are pleased to announce their transformative agreement starting in 2022. The Publish and Read model will allow researchers at affiliated institutions to publish an unlimited number of Open Access (OA) articles in hybrid and fully OA titles, as well as have full reading access to the Society’s journal portfolio.

Hua Xiang, Ph.D, Professor & Deputy Director-General, Institute of Microbiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences: “To support Institute of Microbiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IMCAS) authors, we are happy to have signed this Publish and Read agreement with the Microbiology Society. This agreement will support the open, international exchange of research in microbiology.”

Peter Cotgreave, Chief Executive of the Microbiology Society: “We are very pleased to announce this agreement with the Institute of Microbiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences – the largest microbiological research institution in China and historically one of the most prolific institutes worldwide choosing to publish its high quality research in our journals. This deal demonstrates the reach of the Society’s model for sustainable Open Access and its relevance internationally to academic and government institutions, facilitating Open Access for more researchers across the globe.”

The number of international institutions opting into Publish and Read agreements with the Society has doubled year-on-year since its launch in 2020. 

Affiliated authors with Publish and Read institutions are entitled to:

  • Unlimited OA publishing: any article published in Society journals where the corresponding author is from a Publish and Read institution will be OA by default.
  • Unlimited usage: any user associated with a Publish and Read institution can access the entire archive of Society content, back to 1947, for reading and for text and data mining.

Authors can check if their institution is eligible here.

Publish and Read will be across all the Society’s six journals, including hybrid titles MicrobiologyJournal of General VirologyJournal of Medical MicrobiologyInternational Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology, and fully OA titles Access Microbiology, Microbial Genomics.


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