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Read & Publish Agreements Negotiated by CAUL

Portland Press

As the Biochemical Society’s publisher, we work in partnership with researchers, institutions, and funders to share knowledge and advance the molecular biosciences.

Our uncapped Read & Publish (R&P) model ensures stability and budget predictability by covering all papers and article types and imposing no quota or limits requiring top-up fees. It addresses the needs of authors and institutions, making it easier than ever for researchers to publish with us.

Further information on this agreement is available from Portland Press.

Key facts

This page was last updated on 21 February 2024.

Participating institutions

The following institutions participate in this agreement:

  • Australian National University
  • Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
  • Flinders University
  • Griffith University
  • James Cook University
  • La Trobe University
  • Macquarie University
  • Massey University
  • Monash University
  • Queensland 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 Sydney
  • 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 all of Portland Press'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.

Institutions which have signed up to R&P have increased returns on investment when measured by cost per download.

R&P funding of OA has significantly boosted the proportion of OA content that has been published in our portfolio.

With this alternative to author-funded OA, individual article transactions (article publishing charges) have decreased, relieving many researchers from the payment cycle.

Helping to achieve our mission to promote greater equity and inclusivity, all researchers affiliated with our R&P cohort (whether grant funded or not) are immediately and by default eligible for fee-free OA.

Article eligibility

Articles accepted from 1/1/2021 are eligible to be published open access under this agreement.

Article types

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

  • All

There are no exclusions.

Author eligibility

As defined by the publisher, the eligible author is:

Eligibility for our Read & Publish deal is based on a corresponding author’s primary affiliation.

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

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 the publisher via Rightslink.

Other charges

Portland Press 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. Author submits their paper to any Portland Press journal.
2. Author validates their institutional affiliation during submission and is immediately told if they are eligible to publish under an R&P agreement.
3. R&P article is automatically published open access upon acceptance without the need for any additional payment or funding approval.
4. Librarians can log in to their RightsLink institutional portal and see all R&P papers at a glance.  

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Contact details

Portland Press

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.