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Read & Publish Agreements Negotiated by CAUL

Portland Press

Portland Press

Portland Press, as the Biochemical Society’s publisher, works in partnership with researchers, institutions, and funders to share knowledge and advance the molecular biosciences.

Publishing world-leading research and reviews across our portfolio of seven journals, it returns all profits to the life science community in support of our Society’s charitable activities.

Read more about Portland Press's read & publish agreements.

This page was last updated on 10 February 2023.

Participating institutions

Authors from the institutions listed below are able to publish immediately to open access on the publisher's platform once the article has been accepted.

  • Australian National University
  • Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation
  • Flinders University
  • Griffith University
  • James Cook University
  • La Trobe University
  • Macquarie University
  • Massey University
  • Monash University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • Swinburne University of Technology
  • University of Adelaide
  • University of Auckland
  • University of Canterbury
  • University of Melbourne
  • University of Otago
  • 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.

Included titles

Biochemical Society journals included in the CAUL Portland Read and Publish Agreement include:

  • Biochemical Journal
  • Bioscience Reports (fully OA)
  • Clinical Science
  • Neuronal Signaling (fully OA)
  • Biochemical Society Transactions
  • Emerging Topics in Life Sciences
  • Essays in Biochemistry

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 member institutions may be published under the authors' choice of either CC-BY or CC-BY-NC license. These licenses allow reuse (some with conditions) while protecting the authors' rights of acknowledgment as authors.
  • Third-party content included in a publication, for example images or graphics, should be clearly labelled and are not affected by these requirements.
  • The Creative Commons CC0 license will be assigned to the data accompanying the open access article.

How to submit your article for open access publishing

Submit your article via the publisher's platform.

You will be recognised as being eligible for open access publishing with no transactional APCs when you select your institution in the submission system.

Further information

Further information on the agreement and the Read & Publish process, including FAQs for authors, is available on the publisher's website.

Information for libraries

Licensing information


This agreement provides unlimited access to all five hybrid journals including all current and previous content. The five hybrid journals are:

  • Biochemical Journal
  • Clinical Science
  • Biochemical Society Transactions
  • Essays in Biochemistry
  • Emerging Topics in Life Sciences

Text and data mining is also allowed.

The other two journals, Bioscience Reports and Neuronal Signaling, are fully open access.

  • The agreement provides open access publishing in all seven (7) journals listed under 'Included titles' by corresponding authors from institutions listed under 'Participating institutions'.
  • There are no transactional APCs or other service charges for papers submitted by corresponding authors from participating institutions.
  • The Biochemical Society will notify eligible authors of the Read and Publish agreement during the manuscript submission process.
  • The Biochemical Society will supply an un-embargoed PDF of the version of record for institutional repositories.

Library workflows

Using Rightslink, library staff may set up an institutional account to

  • automatically approve all papers submitted by authors, or
  • be notified when a paper is submitted so that they can manually approve it.

Publishing alerts 

  • Library staff can create an institutional account through the Rightslink portal, which allows them to view papers that have been submitted and published.
  • Biochemical Society provides regular publishing reports with article level information.

Sharing via repositories

Green open access
  • There is no automated loading to institutional repositories.
Other repositories 

The publisher submits open access articles and metadata to all relevant third-party repositories, such as PubMed Central, Europe PubMed Central, Google Scholar (all journals, crawled by Google), CAS, Web of Science, Scopus, and Embase.