- These are contracts that transform traditional magazine subscription agreements between publishers and universities or consortia. These agreements allow the publication of articles published by the authors in immediate open access when they are members of the institution that signs the agreement without paying an APC (Article Processing Charges).
- Thus, budgets previously earmarked for "pay to access" allow you to gradually move to "pay to publish in open access." Therefore, the transformative agreements allow to publish in open access a part of what the institution publishes in the magazines of a publishing house and in the long run, its totality.
- More information on transformative agreements: initiative THAT C (Efficiency and Standards for Article Charges).
- In 2019, the CRUE undertook to promote the Open Science. Subsequently, a committee of the CRUE, the CSIC and the university libraries have negotiated transformative agreements with the Elsevier publishing houses, Springer Nature and Wiley and with the American Chemical Society (ACS).
- These agreements allow a part of the scientific production of the UPC can be published in open access immediately and read by anyone around the world.
- The agreements are in force from 2021 until 2024 for Elsevier, Springer and ACS. In Wiley's case, the agreement is for 2021, although a new agreement is expected to be signed for the period 2022-2024.
- Each publisher provides a certain number of APCs in the form of vouchers or a certain amount to publish in immediate open access. It also determines in which journals APCs can be used by indicating specific journal titles.
- From the platform of each publisher and during the process of publishing an article, the publisher offers the author of correspondence the possibility of publishing the article in immediate open access within the conditions of the agreement between the 'publishing house and its institution.
- The research staff of the UPC, when the article you publish has been accepted for publication.
- Within the publishing platform of each publisher, once the article has been accepted for publication. When the research staff of the UPC is the author of correspondence with the publisher is offered the possibility of publishing the article in immediate open access.
If so, and after checking the link corresponding author with the institution at the time of sending the article to the publisher for publication and which has been indicated in article la affiliation UPC, the APC is assigned to publish in open access. The check is made by the Library, Publications and Archives Service from the publisher's publishing platform.
In the case of publishing the article in the framework of a project, it must be borne in mind that funding institutions require a license. Creative Commons CC BY.
The APCs are assigned in order of request on the platform of each publisher, until the available bonds included in the transformative agreement with each publisher are exhausted.
When a publisher does not have more APC's to publish in open access, it will be informed in the section of specific conditions of the publisher.