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Read & Publish Agreements Negotiated by CAUL

Royal Society

The Royal Society

The Royal Society publishes ten journals across the biological, physical, mathematical and engineering sciences. This collection includes well-renowned titles such as Philosophical Transactions, the very first scientific journal in history (1665).

The Royal Society Publishing is the publishing division of The Royal Society, a self-governing Fellowship of many of the world’s most distinguished scientists drawn from all areas of science, engineering, and medicine.  The Royal Society’s fundamental purpose, reflected in its founding Charters of the 1660s, is to recognise, promote, and support excellence in science and to encourage the development and use of science for the benefit of humanity.

The Royal Society has played a part in some of the most fundamental, significant, and life-changing discoveries in scientific history and Royal Society scientists continue to make outstanding contributions to science in many research areas

Read more about this agreement from The Royal Society.

This page was last updated on 3 May 2023.

Participating institutions

The following institutions participate in this agreement:

  • Auckland University of Technology
  • Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation
  • Curtin University
  • Deakin 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 Auckland
  • University of Canterbury
  • University of Melbourne
  • University of Queensland
  • University of South Australia
  • University of Tasmania
  • University of Waikato
  • University of Western Australia
  • Victoria University of Wellington

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

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 will be published under a CC-BY license, which allows maximum reuse while protecting the authors' rights of acknowledgment as authors.

How to submit your article for Open Access publishing

Submit your article via the following links to the publisher's submission system:

You will be recognised as being eligible for open access publishing with no transactional APCs via your institutional email address and institution name.

View the Royal Society's website for information for authors and for further information on their Read & Publish process.

Information for libraries

This agreement is for a single year (2023) on an opt-in basis.

Licensing information

Licensing is as per CAUL’s pre-approved license template included in the Fast Track to Open Access Toolkit.


The agreement provides unlimited access to the journal portfolio, including perpetual access for subscribed to years.

  • The agreement provides open access publishing in all 10 journals by corresponding authors of institutions listed under 'Participating institutions'. 
  • There is no limit on the number of articles that can be published under the agreement.
  • There are no transactional APCs or other service charges for papers submitted by corresponding authors from participating institutions.

Publishing alerts

The Royal Society provides publishing reports with article-level information every six months.

Library staff may sign up to be alerted when a new article is published. Sign up using the links for each journal provided under 'Included titles'. Look for the white banner at the top of the page and choose 'Sign up'.

Sharing via repositories

Green open access
  • Authors may deposit a pre-print of their article in an institutional repository at any time. 
  • A final author accepted manuscript version may be posted on the researcher's personal or institutional website and loaded onto an institutional or subject repository once accepted for publication (under a CC-BY licence where funders require it). 
  • There is no automated loading to institutional repositories.
Other repositories 
  • Articles are deposited directly to PubMed.
  • The Royal Society journals are included in Google Scholar, Scopus, Web of Science and other indexing and abstracting services. 
  • Journals are indexed by major abstracting services including Web of Science, Scitopia, Journal Citation Reports, PubMed, INSPEC and Scopus.