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Read-and-Publish Agreements with RUP Journals

Rockefeller University Press (RUP) is proud to work with institutions and consortia creatively and collaboratively towards the shared goal of providing immediate public access to peer-reviewed research. Read-and-Publish Agreements offer a sustainable framework and provide the following benefits to researchers at participating institutions:


  • reciprocal relationship from online content to author and researchers and backUnlimited access to all content published in RUP's three hybrid journals—Journal of Cell Biology (JCB), Journal of Experimental Medicine (JEM),and Journal of General Physiology (JGP)immediately after publication.
  • Research articles by corresponding authors based at participating institutions are published Open Access under a CC-BY license, directly deposited to PubMed Central (PMC) and subsequently to Europe PMC, and archived in LOCKSS/CLOCKSS.
  • 100% coverage of research article publication fees for authors within the institution, with no limit to the number of articles that may be published Open Access.


Monitoring and Reporting: OA Switchboard

logo of OA switchboardOA Switchboard makes it easier for institutions to manage read-and-publish deals with multiple publishers. A "back office" service, OA Switchboard enables funders, institutions, and publishers to send and receive a standardized messaging between all parties via API, User Interface, or e-mail to report on deal compliance and share version-of-record article metadata, among other functions. RUP currently uses the OA Switchboard to report to its read-and-publish partners and share article metadata. We encourage more institutions, funders, and publishers to join OA Switchboard, and to contact OA Switchboard Executive Director Yvonne Campfens for more information. Learn more about OA Switchboard in this three-minute video.

Current Agreements


Max Planck Digital Library (MPDL) Read-and-Publish Transformative Agreement

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Max Planck Digital Library (MPDL) signed an unlimited Read-and-Publish Transformative Agreement with RUP on behalf of the Max Planck Society. The agreement, which benefits researchers at 86 Max Planck Institutes, runs from January 1, 2023 to December 31, 2025.

Ralf Schimmer, Head of Information Provision at the Max Planck Digital Library, said of the agreement, "the opportunity to publish their research articles openly in highly selective journals, such as the Journal of Cell Biology, provides a great benefit to our researchers and contributes to the advancement of science. We are very pleased to have reached this new transformative agreement with Rockefeller University Press, marking a further step in the Max Planck Society's strategy to enable open dissemination of research, in line with the principles of the OA2020 Initiative and the Berlin Declaration on Open Access."

Read the 2021–2022 pilot announcement and find more instructions for authors here.

ZB Med Read-and-Publish Agreement

Participating members of the ZB Med consortium in Germany can publish unlimited Open Access articles. Find more instructions for authors here. Institutions that are eligible in the agreement include:

Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Universitätsbibliothek
BIS - Bibliotheks- und Informationssystem der Universität Oldenburg
Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum in der Helmholtz Gemeinschaft
Georg-August-Universität Göttingen Niedersächsische Staats- u. Universitätsbibliothek
Helmholtz-Zentrum für Infektionsforschung GmbH
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Universitätsbibliothek
Kommunikations- und Informationszentrum (kiz) der Universität Ulm
Leibniz-Forschungsinstitut für Molekulare Pharmakologie (FMP)
Leibniz-Institut für Neurobiologie
Max-Delbrück-Centrum für Molekulare Medizin in der Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft
Sächsische Landesbibliothek - Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Dresden (SLUB)
Thüringer Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Jena
Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Darmstadt
Universitäts- und Stadtbibliothek Köln
Universitätsbibliothek Regensburg
Universitätsbibliothek Augsburg
Universitätsbibliothek Bielefeld
Universitätsbibliothek der Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Universitätsbibliothek Duisburg-Essen
Universitätsbibliothek Erlangen-Nürnberg
Universitätsbibliothek Giessen
Universitätsbibliothek Greifswald
Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg Frankfurt
Universitätsbibliothek Kassel
Universitätsbibliothek Koblenz
Universitätsbibliothek Osnabrück
Universitätsbibliothek Potsdam
Universitätsbibliothek Witten/Herdecke

Ireland: IReL Read-and-Publish Agreement

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RUP has entered into a Read-and-Publish agreement with the Irish Research eLibrary (IReL). The three-year agreement runs from January 2022 until December 2024 and provides unlimited Open Access publishing to Irish researchers. Find more instructions for authors here. Institutions that are eligible in the agreement include:

Dublin City University
National University of Ireland Galway
National University of Ireland, Maynooth
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
RCSI University of Medicine & Health Sciences
Technological University Dublin
Trinity College Dublin
University College Cork
University College Dublin
University of Limerick

Japan: Participating members of the JMLA/JPLA consortium

Participating members of the JMLA/JPLA consortium can publish unlimited Open Access articles. Find more instructions for authors here. Participating libraries include:

Aichi Cancer Center
Aichi Medical University
Akita University
Asahikawa Medical University
Chiba University
Chubu University
Fujita Health University
Fukushima Medical University
Gunma University
Hamamatsu University School of Medicine
Hokkaido University
Hyogo Medical University
Iwate Medical University
Juntendo University
Kanagawa Cancer Center
Keio University
Kitasato University
Kobe University
Kyorin University
Kyoto University
Kyushu University
Meiji Pharmaceutical University
Meijo University
Musashino University
Nagasaki University
Nagoya City University
Nagoya University
National Cancer Center Japan
National Center of Neurology and Psychiatry
Nihon University
Niigata University
Okayama University
Osaka Dental University
Saitama Medical University
Shinshu University
Showa Pharmaceutical University
Showa University
Sophia University
The Jikei University School of Medicine 
The Nippon Dental University
The University of Tokyo
Tohoku Medical and Pharmaceutical University
Tohoku University
Tokai University
Tokushima University
Tokyo Medical and Dental University
Tokyo Medical University
Tokyo University of Science
Tokyo Women's Medical University
Tottori University 
University of Fukui
Yamagata University
Yokohama City University

If your institution is not listed above, please contact to see if your article is eligible.

The Republic of Korea: KCUE/KESLI Read-and-Publish Agreement

Participating members of the KCUE/KESLI consortium in the Republic of Korea can publish unlimited Open Access articles. Find more instructions for authors here. Institutions that are eligible in the agreement include:

Ajou University
Catholic University of Korea
Chungbuk National University
Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology
Ewha Womans University
Hallym University
Hanyang University
Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)
Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST)
Korea University
Kyung Hee University
Kyungpook National University
Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH)
Pusan National University
Samsung Medical Center
Seoul National University
Sookmyung Women's University
Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology
Yonsei University

Spain: CSIC Read-and-Publish Agreement

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RUP has entered into a Read-and-Publish agreement with the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC). The agreement expands access to RUP journals and provides unlimited Open Access publishing to all CSIC institutes. Find more instructions for authors here.

United Kingdom: Jisc Read-and-Publish Agreement

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RUP was the first US-based university press to sign a transitional agreement with research and education not-for-profit Jisc, which negotiates Open Access agreements with publishers on behalf of all UK universities. The two-year renewal agreement runs from January 2022 until December 2024. Find more instructions for authors here. Institutions that are already participating in the agreement include:

Cardiff University
Durham University
Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine
Medical Research Council Lab of Molecular Biology/Harwell
Oxford Brookes University
St George's Hospital Medical School
The Francis Crick Institute Limited
The Open University
The Queen's University of Belfast
University College London
University of Aberdeen
University of Birmingham
University of Bristol
University of Dundee
University of Edinburgh
University of Exeter
University of Kent
University of Lancaster
University of Leeds
University of Manchester
University of Nottingham
University of Oxford
University of Sheffield
University of St Andrews
University of Strathclyde
University of York

United States: Commonwealth of Virginia, VIVA–RUP Read and Publish Agreement

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Virginia's academic library consortium, VIVA, and Rockefeller University Press (RUP) established a Read-and-Publish Agreement. This agreement is the first of its kind for RUP in the United States and represents an important milestone in its transition to being fully Open Access. It offers a sustainable framework and provides access and unlimited publishing at eligible VIVA member institutions.

Read the announcement and find more instructions for authors here.

Lower- and middle-income countries: Free Read-and-Publish Policy

In concurrence with the goal of providing vital scientific research to the developing world, Rockefeller University Press supports the Research4Life organizations HINARI, AGORA, and OARE by providing online access to our journals at no charge to over 100 countries. To address equity in Open Access publishing and promote important global research, publication fees for Open Access under CC-BY license in JCB, JEM, and JGP are automatically waived for primary corresponding authors based in eligible lower- and middle-income countries. This includes deposit in PubMed Central (PMC) and archive in LOCKSS/CLOCKSS. View the full list of eligible countries here.

Institutional Read-and-Publish Agreements

Single institutions can participate in our Read-and-Publish agreements, which provide unlimited read and publish access to the Journal of Cell Biology (JCB), Journal of Experimental Medicine (JEM), and Journal of General Physiology (JGP). The following institutions have signed up to participate:


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