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Read & Publish Agreements Negotiated by CAUL


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.

Further information on this agreement is available from Elsevier.

Key facts

This page was last updated on 4 March 2024.

Cap usage

Participating institutions

The following institutions participate in this agreement:

  • 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* (see note below)
  • University of Canterbury
  • University of Melbourne
  • University of New England* (see note below)
  • University of New South Wales
  • University of Newcastle
  • University of Notre Dame Australia* (see note below)
  • University of Otago
  • University of Queensland
  • University of South Australia
  • University of Southern Queensland
  • University of Sydney
  • University of Tasmania
  • University of Technology Sydney
  • University of the Sunshine Coast
  • University of Waikato
  • University of Western Australia
  • University of Wollongong
  • Victoria University
  • Victoria University of Wellington
  • Western Sydney University

* These institutions have access to only selected titles. Please refer to the title list for further details.

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

Agreement details

This agreement allows authors from participating institutions to publish in most of Elsevier's hybrid journals without the need for any transactional open access article processing charge (APC).

This is a capped agreement. This agreement provides for an allowance of 10,440 articles by authors from institutions participating in the agreement to be published open access in 2024 with no transactional APCs.

Authors publishing in Elsevier's hybrid journals can utilize the APC Quota and publishing in Gold OA only titles can utilize a discount.

Article eligibility

Articles accepted from 1/1/2024 are eligible to be published open access under this agreement.

Article types

The following article types are eligible for open access under this agreement:

  • Full Length articles
  • Review articles
  • Case Reports
  • Protocols
  • Short Communications
  • Micro Articles
  • Original Software Publications
  • Short Surveys
  • Data
  • Practice guidelines
  • Replication Studies
  • Video Articles

Author eligibility

As defined by the publisher, the eligible author is:

The corresponding author is the person who submits the manuscript and other related documentation to the journal and is the primary contact between the journal and all other authors. If the paper is published, the corresponding author is also the first point of contact for readers.

Responsible corresponding authors must include a participating institution as one of their affiliations to benefit from this agreement. 

Authors will be identified as eligible for open access publishing by their:

  • institutional affiliation
  • email address

Responsible corresponding authors must use their institutional email address when submitting an article for publication

Responsible corresponding authors should not use personal email addresses (e.g. Hotmail, Gmail). Doing so may result in delayed approval of the article or the article may not be approved to be published open access under the terms of the agreement. 

Discount schemes

Articles not covered by this agreement may benefit from a 15% discount on eligible APCs. Please consult the title list for eligible journals.

Discounts exist for gold open-access journals not covered by the Quota.

The discount will be automatically presented to authors who are publishing in eligible titles.

Title list

The agreement allows for publishing in most journals. The complete title list is available online. If you wish to publish open access, please check to ensure that your desired journal is included.

The title list is dynamic and will change throughout the year. To check for a title or search by subject area please use this website.

Hybrid journals that 'flip' to OA during the course of this agreement will not be eligible for OA publishing. If a journal flips to OA, authors should check with the publisher if they will be charged an APC.

Author rights

Articles from authors at participating institutions may be published under the following Creative Commons licenses:

  • CC BY

Some or all exclusive rights are assigned to the publisher.

Please see here for Elsevier's OA licence policies.

Further information about licenses is available on the publisher's website.

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

Article approvals

Article approvals are managed by CAUL via a custom publisher platform.

Other charges

Elsevier does charge additional fees for page and/or colour fees. Authors should always check each journal’s submission guidelines to ensure that they will not be subject to any other fees or charges.

Open access workflow

How to submit your article for open access publishing

The following instructions for authors have been provided by the publisher. Further details are available on the publisher’s website.

1.Follow Elsevier's usual article submission process via

2.On acceptance of the article, the Elsevier 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).

The APC is automatically waived for authors who have declared their affiliation to a participating CAUL institution during the publishing workflow

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Contact details


Please email for questions regarding this agreement. Please include your full name, institution, article title, journal name and DOI (if available), and state the reason for your enquiry.


Please email for questions regarding this agreement. Please include your full name, institution, article title, journal name and DOI (if available), and state the reason for your enquiry.