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Read and Publish: Introduction

Introduction and Details of the Georgia Tech Read and Publish (aka Transformative) greements


Read and Publish is a type of license agreement that integrates a read fee, which is similar to the subscription fee, and a publish fee, which is similar to the Author Publishing Charges / Book Publishing Charges (APC/BPC) that Institute faculty are charged to make their publications Open Access.

Open Access is a means of making scholarly material available to the entire research community worldwide, without the need to subscribe or pay for a particular article.   Publishers make up the lost revenue by charging APC/BPC.

For the library, we are evaluating Read and Publish agreements and are beginning to enter those agreements that are a clear win for campus.   There a variety of license models out there, but we are first looking at those that provide a fixed cost for an unlimited number of articles written that provides a net benefit to campus.

So far the library has entered into three Read and Publish Agreements:

  • MIT Direct to Open (D2O)
  • Cambridge University Press Read & Publish
  • ACM Open

The mechanism varies by publisher, but in general if the corresponding author uses their address, and selects Open Access, the APC should be waived for their article.

This is new for us as well, so feel free to reach out to Jay Forrest if you have questions, experience issues, or are being charged an APC when you think that you shouldn't.


For Faculty Society members, if your society has a read and publish agreement that you would like us to explore also reach out to Jay.


ACM Open

ACM Open is a transformative model of publishing, where ACM seeks to alter its revenue stream to support broader access to ACM publications.  Instead of depending on subscription fees, it will focus on an author fee model.  

Pricing is tiered based on the average number of scholarly output to ACM journals and conference proceedings.   Georgia Tech as a top 20 producer is in tier 1.  While this does mean that we get to pay the highest cost, the success of ACM open will that the schools publishing the least will have a substantially reduced (and potentially free) access to ACM content.

ACM open is a special case, where there is a clear savings to the Institute, but that savings is distributed across campus.  The standard library subscription to the ACM Digital Library is an order of magnitude lower than the ACM Open costs.   We will ramp up to the full Tier 1 pricing over the next five years, and the Provost has generously provided funding for the first three years of ACM Open.

Benefits to Georgia Tech:

  • We promote the distribution of Georgia Tech research worldwide.
  • APCs are waived when the corresponding author is Georgia Tech affiliated (use your address).

For more information:


Cambridge University Press Journals Read & Publish

The library participates in a number of consortia which allow us to leverage the purchasing power of a group of schools to negotiate discounts, reduced journal inflation, and special license arrangements.   One of our partners NERL, negotiated a good Read and Publish deal from Cambridge University Press.

Read fee is our traditional subscription fee.

Publish fee is based on institutional output, in our first three years our publish fee is based on the average APCs paid, and provides unlimited publish for the following three years without APCs.   Success does mean that the publish fee may increase in future years.

Benefits to Georgia Tech:

  • We promote the distribution of Georgia Tech Research Worldwide
  • APCs are waived when the corresponding author is Georgia Tech Affiliated (use your address) and the journal supports green or gold Open Access (over 400 CUP titles)

To see which journals qualify:  OA Waiver & Discount checker tool

For more information:



MIT D2O - monographs

MIT Press is one of a handful of University Presses that are trying to shift their publishing model from book sales to a crowd funded type model.   

Individual instutions pay a fee based on their institution type and size and if enough Instittutions join the front list (current year) of book releases are made open access and available worldwide.  

Benefits to Georgia Tech:

  • We promote the distribution of Georgia Tech research worldwide.
  • Book Publishing Charges (BPC) are waived for Georgia Tech authors during our participation period (initially 2022-2024).
  • We gain a back catalog of about 2300 MIT Press titles, many of which were not previously available to GT in electronic form or only available through Interlibrary Loan.

For more information: