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Read & Publish Agreements Negotiated by CAUL


MA Healthcare



MA Healthcare is an established provider of nursing and medical education, offering online and printed resources, conferences and websites for professionals at all levels of the health services.  From established titles such as British Journal of Nursing, British Journal of Midwifery and British Journal of Hospital Medicine to a growing range of more specialist titles, our journals are renowned for their currency, clarity and accessibility.

Read more about this agreement from MA Healthcare.

This page was last updated on 3 May 2023.

Participating institutions

The following institutions participate in this agreement:

  • Australian Catholic University
  • CQ University
  • La Trobe University
  • Massey University
  • Monash University
  • University of South Australia
  • University of the Sunshine Coast
  • Western Sydney University

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


Included titles

This agreement allows authors from participating institutions to publish open access in 17 titles with no transactional APCs. This includes:

  • high impact titles such as the British Journal of Nursing, British Journal of Midwifery and the British Journal of Hospital Medicine.
  • titles with high Australian and New Zealand authorship, such as British Journal of Nursing, British Journal of Midwifery and the British Journal of Hospital Medicine.

Please see the full list of titles included for Read and Publish in the MA Healthcare agreement via CAUL.

Excluded titles are:

  • British Journal of Healthcare Assistants
  • Dental Nursing
  • Independent Nurse
  • International Paramedic Practice
  • Journal of Aesthetic Nursing
  • Journal of Wound Care
  • Nursing and Residential Care
  • Practice Nursing
  • Practice Management

Eligible articles

Article types

All types of articles may be published open access under the terms of this agreement.

Acceptance date

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

Number of included articles

There is no limit on the number of articles by eligible authors from participating institutions that can be published under the terms of this agreement.

Other charges

There are no other transactional charges for authors. 

Information for authors

Please note: For articles to be published open access under the terms of this agreement, corresponding authors must

  • select a participating institution as their affiliation in the publisher system
  • use an institutional email address for a participating institution (see Participating institutions list above) when submitting their article.

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. 

Author rights

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

  • CC-BY-NC

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

If some licence types are available by negotiation but not standard, please indicate here. E.g. Researchers who require a CC-BY-NC-ND licence should contact the editors for the relevant journal.

How to submit your article for open access publishing

Authors: Please note the following important information, which clarifies the process requesting your article to be published open access.
  1. Follow the publisher's usual article submission process.
  2. On acceptance of the article, the publisher will ask the corresponding author to complete a form (publishing agreement).
  3. The corresponding author selects open access and confirms the licence type (e.g. CC-BY-NC).
  4. The APC is automatically waived for authors who have used an institutional email address belonging to one of the participating institutions and indicated they are affiliated with a participating institution.

View the publisher’s step-by-step guide for authors.

While the token system is in place, please used the attached user guide.

Author identification

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

  • email address
  • 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 unlimited access to all journals listed under ‘Included titles’, including perpetual access for subscribed to years.

Archiving in institutional repositories

Authors may deposit articles in institutional repositories.

MA Healthcare welcomes authors sharing, or depositing in an institutional repository, the final accepted manuscript of their paper, following a 6-month embargo from the date of publication. This is called 'green' open access. In such a case, the document should be accompanied by the following text, with the correct details of the published version of the article added:

“This document is the Accepted Manuscript version of a Published Work that appeared in final form in [JournalTitle], copyright © MA Healthcare, after peer review and technical editing by the publisher. To access the final edited and published work see [journal link]."

View the publisher’s website for further information.


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