Publishing for the community has never been more in evidence

23 June 2021


Following two successful pilot years, the Microbiology Society has now over 120 institutions signed up to the Publish and Read deal offering a fee-free and frictionless Open Access (OA) experience for authors, maximum value for institutions, with minimum administration. We take a look at how some universities and their academics feel they are benefitting from the Publish and Read deal.

The Open Science agenda

‘"The Microbiology Society’s Publish and Read helps change classic publishing models, is easy to implement, removes financial administration from the workflow of our researchers, and helps us to fulfil the Open Science agenda of our organisation." Just de Leeuwe, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands.

"We are very pleased with the Microbiology Society’s Publish and Read deal. It not only reduces administration burdens for our librarians but also provides our researchers with transparency and a simple route to Open Access publishing.’" University of Birmingham, UK.

"Anything that moves the Open Access agenda forward we see as a good thing and The Microbiology Society Publish and Read deal does just that. It enables institutions to pay for funded and non-funded authors to publish Open Access, whilst allowing greater access to different titles and articles which would have otherwise been closed off behind paywalls." London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK.

Enabling increased visibility and transparency

"It is clear that Open Access not only allows for easier and wider access to manuscripts, resulting in more reads, downloads and citations; but it also enables your research to reach a wider audience, benefiting all." Professor Mark Harris (General Secretary) and Professor Paul Duprex (Editor-in-Chief of Journal of General Virology)

"The Microbiology Society’s Publish and Read has been a key tool in our teaching and research areas. It has improved accessibility of research outputs and by supporting Open Access it has increased citations of OA articles and helped raise our organisational profile." Macquarie University, Australia.

“All institutions should try using R&P deals as opposed to just read only deals if they can afford it.  It increases the amount of research which isn't closed off behind paywalls.” London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK.

Hassle free publishing for one, low cost, institutional fee

‘"We have found the Microbiology Society Publish and Read very useful with-it enabling access to e-journals and making it easier for researchers to publish Open Access’." Royal Veterinary College, UK. 

‘"...Publish and Read deal holds massive benefits to authors as it enables fee-free Open Access publishing, eliminating article processing charges which are costly." Tracy Palmer, Faculty of Medical Sciences at Newcastle University, UK.

‘"With their low costs and hassle-free publishing, we would recommend The Microbiology Society’s Publish & Read to help increase engagement and gain greater visibility of your research." University of Southampton, UK. 

"The Microbiology Society Publish and Read deal offers a good proposition for OA transformation and allow unlimited OA publishing for an up-front fee. Not only does this agreement provide transparency but it is great value for money and low risk." University of Birmingham, UK. 

If you know you would benefit from Publish and Read please submit a Library Recommendation Form to your library contact or Open Access officer.

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