(14 Oct 2021) Cambridge University Press and the Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) have reached a transformative agreement to support Open Access (OA) publishing in Cambridge Journals for 2022.
It is one of the first major uncapped transformative agreements reached with CAUL by a publisher of significant size in Australia and New Zealand.
It further underscores the Press’s commitment to open research, which has seen a rapid expansion of such agreements around the globe, supporting authors to publish OA, improving the reach and impact of their work and helping lead the move to a sustainable, open future for research. It also builds on the series of transformative agreements negotiated by CAUL since late 2019.
Such deals cover the cost for participating institutions to access a publisher’s journals and any Article Processing Charges the institution’s authors would normally pay to publish their work Open Access with that publisher.
The 39 universities that are members of CAUL, and the eight universities represented in the Council of New Zealand University Librarians (CONZUL) can now choose to opt-in to the 2022 agreement, which would allow their authors to publish research articles in over 380 Press journals. In addition, each institution will have full ‘read’ access to the journal collections they currently subscribe to.
Bob Gerrity, CAUL Board Director with oversight of the Content Procurement Service said, “CAUL is especially pleased to have negotiated an agreement with Cambridge University Press within a framework that works towards CAUL’s 2022 Agreement Principles. The agreement will significantly increase the capacity for articles to be published Open Access by researchers in Australian and New Zealand universities. All current subscribers to Cambridge University Press journals are being actively encouraged to consider the offer through the CAUL Consortium.”
The agreement enables a steady transition towards a complete open transformation which fairly apportions fees based on the research output of the participating institution and recognises the complexity of the varied funding models and drivers for publication for authors in different areas.
The press release in full can be found here.