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Read & Publish Agreements Negotiated by CAUL

Karger Publishers

Karger Publishers is a global, medical and scientific publishing company. Independent and family-run, Karger aims to advance the sustainable, global transition to OA through Open for Open!  With approximately one third of the 100 respected, peer-reviewed journals now fully Gold OA, authors can publish in almost all Karger journals.  Karger continually works to propel OA forward with initiatives including flipping, new OA journals, developing progressive open policies and initiating transformative agreements. Karger is one of the early publishers to establish a Read and Publish agreement with CAUL and will continue to support authors in the ANZ region.

Further information on this agreement is available from Karger.

Key facts

This page was last updated on 12 March 2024.

Participating institutions

The following institutions participate in this agreement:

  • Auckland University of Technology
  • Curtin University
  • James Cook University
  • Macquarie University
  • Monash University
  • University of Adelaide
  • University of Auckland
  • University of Queensland
  • University of South Australia
  • University of Western Australia

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 Karger's 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.

There is extensive information for authors wishing to publish with Karger at the following link:

This section of provides all the publishing options as well as detailed information about the publishing process with Karger.

Article eligibility

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

Articles are considered eligible providing they are accepted in the active subscription year of the transformative agreement.  The subscription year runs from January 1st to December 31st.

There is some flexibility with the timing as Karger understands circumstances whereby a PhD student or researcher submits their article near the end of their tenure at an institution.  Kindly communicate this information when submitting.

Article types

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

  • Research Article
  • Review Article
  • Systematic Review
  • Brief Report
  • Commentary
  • Editorial
  • Letter
  • Methods Article
  • Case Studies

Author eligibility

As defined by the publisher, the eligible author is:

Eligible Author means an author who wants to publish an Open Access article and who is affiliated, either as a student, a post-doctoral fellow, a member of research staff or a faculty member, with the Institution participating in the Agreement at the time of submission, and who is also the submitting Corresponding Author on an article accepted for publication in a Licensed Title during the current Subscription Period.

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. 

There are automated processes with checking eligibility, and in addition to this, Karger have dedicated staff who also work with the authors to confirm eligibility, especially if the author submits their article using a non-institutional email address.

Discount schemes

No other APC discounts are offered under this agreement.

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.

There are some ceased titles in the backfile. CAUL members will be given lease access to these journals during their subscription.

Please note that the Kompass journals in Karger's portfolio are advertising-funded resources for healthcare professionals, which are free to read as of 2022, don't incur any article publishing charges, and thus fall outside the scope of the license for OA publishing. They have, however, previously been behind the paywall, and thus remain part of the Continuing Licensed Content/ Titles, which the institutions have perpetual access rights to.

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
  • CC BY-NC

Authors retain all rights as per the CC license.

Most Karger Open Access articles are distributed under the default license, Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC 4.0). Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0) is applied when mandated by research funders.

Open Access articles in Karger Transformative Journals are published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 (CC BY) license.

When sharing or reusing any article, attribution must be given to the original source, using the statement:

‘The final, published version of this article is available at[insert DOI number] (e.g.

Correct attribution helps ensure that citations can be credited to articles.

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 the institutions via Chronoshub.

Other charges

Karger 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.

1. Log in to our Submission System and start a new submission

2. Read and confirm the submission guidelines

3. Enter funding information

- Select funding body if available

4. Upload your manuscript file

5. Upload cover letter and accompanying information

6. Submit your manuscript  

Example screenshot(s):

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.