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Read and Publish Agreement with Cambridge University Press

The University of San Francisco Gleeson Library/Geschke Center, as a member of the Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium (SCELC), has entered into an "read and publish" agreement with Cambridge University Press until December 31, 2023. In addition to maintaining our access to Cambridge's nearly 400 peer-reviewed journals, this agreement allows USF-affiliated authors to publish open access in many Cambridge journals at no cost to themselves. 

In other terms, this agreement covers author fees for USF authors whose research articles are accepted for publication in applicable Cambridge journals during the three year agreement.

Please read on for information to determine if your research publication is eligible and to learn how to take advantage of this opportunity.

How Does it Work? 

To publish in open access in Cambridge journals, the following terms apply:

  • Articles must have a corresponding author affiliated with the University of San Francisco. 
  • Articles must be original research – eligible article types are research articles, review articles, rapid communications, brief reports and case reports.  
  • Articles must be accepted for publication in the 370+ Cambridge University Press journals covered by the agreement.
  • Articles must be accepted for publication before December 31, 2023, when the current agreement ends.
  • There is no limit on the number of times authors may publish in eligible Cambridge University Press journals.
  • This agreement does not include Cambridge open access books or fully subscription journals; only journals linked above are eligible.

What is the Process for Submitting an Article Under the Agreement? 


1. Check your eligibility

  • To publish open access under this agreement, the corresponding author must be affiliated with the University of San Francisco (verified by use of a USF email address).

2. Submit your research

  • Submit your research to an applicable journal using your institutional affiliation (ideally using ORCID).

3. Complete your open access publishing agreement

  • Once your work has been accepted, complete and submit the journal’s open access author publishing agreement and select the Creative Commons license that will determine how readers can use your article.

4. Coordinate the APC transaction

  • You will receive an email from the Cambridge system Rightslink to coordinate "payment" of your APC (Article Processing Charge). This is a necessary part of the process, even though there will be no cost to you as a USF-affiliated author. For more instructions on the Rightslink process, please see this author guide.

5. Publication

  • Congratulations! Once your article has published, anyone can find, read, and share your open access research.

Where Can I Learn More? 

Learn more about our read and publish agreement on the Cambridge University Press website.

Cambridge also offers information about Open Access: Resources for Authors.

This guide was adapted with permission from a previously created guide by Kristin Laughtin-Dunker at Chapman University Libraries.