The JISC UK National Open Access Agreement with Frontiers – Two Years in.
In 2019, Frontiers signed a three year national open access agreement in the UK with JISC Collections. Thanks to this landmark deal, UK universities now benefit from a simplified and streamlined route to open access publishing for researchers in the UK.
As we approach the second anniversary of the agreement, we are pleased to announce an overwhelmingly positive response from UK universities. More than half of all UK articles published by Frontiers come from the growing number of universities participating in this agreement (see list below).
UK universities and its researchers benefit from the advantages of publishing in open access, which include global immediate and unrestricted reading access and permanent open archiving.
Other benefits of joining the agreement include:
A 10% discount on the publication costs (APCs),
Authors are relieved from responsibilities of payment and invoicing,
Three central invoicing options for institutions to choose from,
Institutions determine which articles are eligible to be paid for centrally,
Institutions are supported by dedicated account managers.
There is still time to sign-up to the agreement via the JISC website here.
(Agreement details for Frontiers Open Access publishing UK framework agreement 2019-2022 available here.)
This year, Frontiers also launched a dedicated dashboard for institutional members that allows the university libraries to verify articles. It gives libraries complete control over which articles are eligible to be paid for centrally and the process is quick and simple. In addition, the libraries can view article data – including the APC, author, title and funder – by downloading the latest CSV reports.
By joining this national fully open access scheme, UK institutions and their authors not only save time and money, but also have a straightforward, simple way to fully comply with the requirements of the current UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) open access policy, as well as their newly announced policy which will come into force as of 1 April 2022.
In light of the progress achieved already with this agreement, we are looking forward to continuing and expanding collaborations with UK Higher Education institutions and JISC.
You can sign-up to the agreement via the JISC website here. (Here you can find all license information as well.)
List of participating institutions: (September 2021)
London South Bank University
Queen Mary University of London
Queen's University of Belfast
The Francis Crick Institute Limited
The Manchester Metropolitan University
The Pirbright Institute
The University of Manchester
The University of Nottingham
The University of Sheffield
University College London
University of Aberdeen
University of Birmingham
University of Bristol
University of Cambridge
University of Durham
University of Edinburgh
University of Exeter
University of Lancaster
University of Newcastle upon Tyne
University of Oxford
University of Salford
University of Southampton
University of Stirling
University of the West of England, Bristol