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Read & Publish Agreements Negotiated by CAUL

The Company of Biologists

The Company of Biologists is a UK not-for-profit publishing organization dedicated to supporting and inspiring the biological and biomedical sciences communities.

Researchers at participating institutions benefit from:

  • Unlimited access to all three prestigious hybrid journals – Development, Journal of Cell Science and Journal of Experimental Biology – including the archive dating back to 1853
  • Uncapped, immediate and fee-free Open Access publishing of accepted articles by corresponding authors under CC BY licence terms in all three hybrid journals PLUS The Company of Biologists’ fully Open Access journals – Disease Models & Mechanisms and Biology Open.

Further information on this agreement is available from The Company of Biologists.

Key facts

This page was last updated on 4 March 2024.

Participating institutions

The following institutions participate in this agreement:

  • Auckland University of Technology
  • Australian National University
  • Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
  • Edith Cowan University
  • Flinders University
  • James Cook University
  • La Trobe University
  • Macquarie University
  • Massey University
  • Monash University
  • Murdoch University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • RMIT University
  • University of Adelaide
  • University of Canterbury
  • University of Melbourne
  • University of New South Wales
  • University of Newcastle
  • University of Otago
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Sydney
  • University of Technology Sydney
  • University of Western Australia
  • University of Wollongong
  • Victoria University of Wellington

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 all of The Company of Biologists’ hybrid and gold journals without the need for any transactional open access article processing charge (APC).

This is an uncapped agreement. There is no limit on the number of articles that can be published OA under this agreement.

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:

  • Research articles

Author eligibility

As defined by the publisher, the eligible author is:

The corresponding author of an article published in a Licensed Title who is affiliated with one of the Institutions.

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
  • IP 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

No other APC discounts are offered under this agreement.

Title list

The agreement allows for publishing in all 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.

Hybrid journals that 'flip' to OA during the course of this agreement will remain available for OA publishing for the duration of the agreement.

Author rights

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

  • CC BY

Authors retain all rights as per the CC license.

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 Institutions via RightsLink/Copyright Clearance Centre.

Other charges

The Company of Biologists does not 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.

Corresponding authors at institutions with all Read & Publish agreements can publish Open Access research articles without paying an article processing charge (APC) in our journals.


Step 1: Check if the corresponding author’s institution has a Read & Publish or other transformative Open Access agreement with The Company of Biologists

The following guide to the article submission process applies to corresponding authors at applicable institutions.

If your institution is not applicable, you may wish to contact your library to find out if they are planning to participate soon.


Step 2: Check which journal package your institution has signed up to.

Institutions have a choice of a three or five-journal Read & Publish package. You will see from the list here in which journals you can publish your article Open Access without paying an APC:

Three-journal package: Development, Journal of Cell Science and Journal of Experimental Biology

Five-journal package: Development, Journal of Cell Science, Journal of Experimental Biology, Disease Models & Mechanisms and Biology Open

Step 3: Submit your article using our Bench>Press submission system

Follow the link to the submission system for your chosen journal below.

Journal of Cell Science
Journal of Experimental Biology
Disease Models & Mechanisms*
Biology Open*
(*Corresponding authors from Max Planck Society Institutes, University of California campuses and other institutions with five-journal Read & Publish agreements.)

If you already have a Bench>Press account, log on using your existing username and password. If you are a first-time user, you will need to create an account.

Enter the “Author Area” and select “Submit a new manuscript”.
The affiliation of the corresponding author is used to determine eligibility for discounted or waived article processing charges so please ensure that the corresponding author is agreed before submission.

When providing your contact details, please include your institutional email address, as well as the full name and address of your institution, including country.

If you are submitting an article to Development, Journal of Cell Science or Journal of Experimental Biology, please follow the on-screen instructions and be sure to select “Gold Open Access” and “Read & Publish fee waiver”. (Please note: This step is not required for Disease Models & Mechanisms and Biology Open.)


Step 4: What you need to do if your article is accepted
Complete and return the Publication Agreement in your Bench>Press Author Area.

We will send you a link to our RightsLink system and, if your institution has a Read & Publish agreement with us, an automatic fee-waiver will be applied. Please note: If your institution has opted-in for the Touch-Free workflow, this is your final step as your institution will receive a copy of the transaction link and will action the funding request. You will receive a confirmation email as soon as your institution confirms your eligibility.

If your institution has not opted for a Touch-Free workflow, you will receive a transaction link. Please select “Seek funding from [name of institution]” and then click “next”. You will be taken to the sign in page of our RightsLink Open Access payment system. If you already have an account, log in using your existing username and password. If you are a first-time user, you will need to create an account.

When you are signed in, you can review your details, approve the terms and conditions, and select ‘Submit for Approval’.

You will receive a confirmation email as soon as your institution confirms that you are eligible for free OA publishing under their Read & Publish agreement with us. A PDF proof of your article will be sent to you for review, and the final approved version will be published under an Open Access CC BY license.


Step 5: Promote and share your article
Your article will be published Open Access. This means you can share the article as widely as you like (via social media and scholarly collaboration networks, by email, in your teaching etc.) in the knowledge that everyone worldwide – regardless of their institution’s licensing arrangements – can read it and share it further.


Contact details

The Company of Biologists

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.