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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 and Portico.
  • 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

Germany: 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, 2021 to December 31, 2022.

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 announcement and find more instructions for authors here.

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

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 2023. 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
Sheffield Hallam 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 Edinburgh
University of Exeter
University of Kent
University of Lancaster
University of Leeds
University of Liverpool
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 and Portico. 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 in 2022:


Contact Us

Are you a librarian or agent interested in exploring a Read-and-Publish Agreement with RUP? Contact us at or +1 212-327-8590 to discuss.

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