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Open Access Publishing Agreements: The Royal Society

Discover the current open access publishing agreements in place, allowing options for publishing research open access at no cost to the author.

Agreement details

This agreement allows corresponding authors from participating institutions to publish open access in the Royal Society journals without paying Article Processing Charge (APC).
It also provides read access to these titles:

  • Journal of Royal Society Interface
  • Interface Focus
  • Philosophical Transactions A 
  • Proceedings A
  • Philosophical Transactions B
  • Proceedings B
  • Biology Letters
  • Notes and Records

Agreement period: 1 Jan 2021 – 31 Dec 2023

Note: IReL is currently negotiating renewal of this agreement from January 2024. For more information, see IReL update on 2024 TA renewals.

OA quota per year: unlimited.

What journals are included?

The following journals are eligible for Open Access publishing:

  • Biology Letters
  • Interface Focus
  • Journal of the Royal Society Interface
  • Notes and Records of the Royal Society
  • Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A
  • Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B
  • Proceedings of the Royal Society A
  • Proceedings of the Royal Society B
  • Open Biology
  • Royal Society Open Science

Instructions for authors

Eligible authors: The corresponding author must be a current staff member or student of a participating institution at the time the article is accepted for publication. The corresponding author must ensure their correct affiliation details are known to the publisher at this time. 
Requests to publish OA under the agreement are subject to approval by participating members.

Eligible article types: All article types are included in this agreement that have been submitted between 01/01/2021 – 31/12/2023, except Letters to the Editor, Corrections, Retractions.

OA publishing license: CC-BY only.

Further information

Royal Society – Transformative Agreement.
Introducing Royal Society Read and Publish.
Instructions for authors: Author Journey.
Listing on ESAC Registry of Transformative Agreements – trs2021ie.