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Read & Publish Agreements Negotiated by CAUL


Note: This is a new agreement commencing in January 2023.

Elsevier is a leader in information and analytics helping researchers and healthcare professionals advance science and improve health outcomes for the benefit of society. As one of the world’s fastest growing access publishers, Elsevier enables open access in nearly all its 2,700+ journals, with 600+ dedicated open access journals.

The 2023 cap on this agreement is 7,138 articles.

Read more about this agreement from Elsevier or discover additional resources for authors and librarians.

Find a participating journal in this agreement by title or by subject area.

This page was last updated on 16 June 2023.

Participating institutions


  • Auckland University of Technology
  • Australian Catholic University
  • Australian National University
  • Bond University
  • Charles Darwin University
  • Charles Sturt University
  • CQUniversity
  • Curtin University
  • Deakin University
  • Edith Cowan University
  • Federation University Australia
  • Flinders University
  • Griffith University
  • James Cook University
  • La Trobe University
  • Lincoln University
  • Macquarie University
  • Massey University
  • Monash University
  • Murdoch University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • RMIT University
  • Southern Cross University
  • Swinburne University of Technology
  • University of Adelaide
  • University of Auckland
  • University of Canberra*
  • University of Canterbury
  • University of Melbourne
  • University of New England*
  • University of New South Wales
  • University of Newcastle
  • University of Notre Dame Australia*
  • University of Otago
  • University of Queensland
  • University of South Australia
  • University of Southern Queensland
  • University of Sydney
  • University of Tasmania
  • University of Western Australia
  • University of Wollongong
  • Victoria University
  • Victoria University of Wellington
  • Western Sydney University

Authors who do not see their institution listed above should contact library staff to enquire further.

*These institutions have access to a reduced title list, based on their subscribed subject collections.


Included titles

This agreement allows authors from participating institutions to publish open access in 1649 titles with no transactional APCs. This includes high impact titles such as:

  • Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews
  • Applied Catalysis B: Environmental
  • Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews

And titles with high Australian and New Zealand authorship, such as:

  • Science of the Total Environment
  • Women and Birth
  • Chemical Engineering Journal

Find a participating journal in this agreement by title or by subject area.

View the full title list.

Excluded titles

Titles not include in the agreement for open access publishing may still benefit from a 15% discount on open access article processing charges (APCs). Please check the full title list to see which journals offer a discount.

View the full title list.

Eligible articles

Article types

Open access publishing covered under this Read & Publish agreement includes the following article types:

  • Full Length Articles
  • Review Articles
  • Case Reports
  • Practice Guidelines
  • Replication Study

Authors may publish excluded article types as “closed access” or pay an article processing charge (if applicable) to make the article open access.

Acceptance date

Eligible articles that have an acceptance date during the term of this agreement (2023 - 2025) are eligible to be published open access under the terms of the agreement.

During the first half of 2023 CAUL and Elsevier operated a restricted title list of 235 journals. For articles accepted from 15 June 2023 onwards, this restriction was lifted and all 1649 eligible hybrid journals are now able to participate in this open access agreement.

Number of included articles

This agreement provides for 7,138 articles to be published open access in 2023.

Other charges

  • A small number of included journals have mandatory page charges that are not covered by the agreement.
  • Colour printing is optional and colour printing charges are not included under the terms of the agreement. Figures can appear in colour online and black-and-white in print at no charge. These charges only apply to journals with print issues.
  • A small number of journals (mostly in the Economics field) have submission charges that are not covered by the agreement.
  • When submitting articles for publication, please check individual journal home pages for up-to-date information on page and colour charges.

Information for authors

Corresponding authors from institutions listed under 'Participating institutions' may publish immediately to open access on the publisher's platform once the article has been accepted, with no transactional APCs.

Author rights

Articles from authors at participating institutions may be published under the authors' choice of either

  • CC-BY

The Creative Commons licenses allow reuse (some with conditions) while protecting the authors' rights of acknowledgment as authors. Authors retain copyright.

Please note: Under the CC BY-NC-ND license and for the Elsevier user license permitted 3rd party reuse is only applicable for non-commercial purposes. For further details on the rights granted to Elsevier see our copyright information or to obtain permission for commercial use see our permission information. Also note further permission may be required from the rights owner for any content within an article that is identified as belonging to a third party.

How to submit your article for open access publishing

  1. Follow the publisher's usual article submission process via
  2. On acceptance of the article, the publisher will ask the corresponding author to make their publishing choices and complete a form (publishing agreement).
  3. The corresponding author selects open access and confirms the licence type (e.g. CC-BY).
  4. The APC is automatically waived for authors who have declared their affiliation to a participating CAUL institution during the publishing workflow.

Author identification

Authors will be identified as eligible for open access publishing by their institutional affiliation.

Authors must use their institutional email address when submitting an article for publication in order for the publication to be approved to be published open access with no transactional APCs.

Information for libraries

License information

The license is available for download from ConsortiaManager. Library staff should contact the designated Content Coordinator at their institution regarding any license enquiries.


The agreement provides access to all journals listed under ‘Included titles’.

Archiving in institutional repositories

Authors may deposit articles in institutional repositories.

  • Preprints may be deposited at any time 
  • For subscription articles, Author accepted manuscripts may be made available via institutional repositories after the journal’s stated embargo period.
  • Gold open access articles may be deposited at any time

View the publisher’s policy on article sharing for further information.


The publisher will supply CAUL Procurement Services with reports on publishing output with article-level information monthly. CAUL will share publishing output data with participating institutions on a regular basis.