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Open Access

Details of the CUP Read & Publish Agreement

Davidson College, as members of the Carolina Consortium, signed a Read & Publish agreement with Cambridge University Press (CUP) effective January 1, 2021. Authors affiliated with Davidson College who are successful in submitting their research articles to Cambridge University Press hybrid and gold journals will be able to publish open access (OA) at no additional cost. Article Processing Fees (APCs) will be waived.

Cambridge University Press publishes Gold OA, working with publishing partners to develop OA for different communities and Green OA (also called Green archiving), allowing you to socially share your content or deposit it in repositories.

Over 300 Cambridge journals support OA publications:

  •  GOLD OA journals
  • More than 330 HYBRID JOURNALS (subscription journals that offer an OA option)

CUP offers author-facing webinars designed to discuss the importance of publishing OA, and the opportunity to do so under the Read & Publish agreement. Please reach out to Kelly Denzer,, Collections Strategist and Discovery Librarian if you have any questions or would like to have a personalized training with librarians or CUP.

Why Publish Open Access with Cambridge U Press

Open Access makes scholarly research permanently available online to view without restriction. OA can also allow content to be published in a way that allows readers to redistribute, re-use and adapt the content in new works.

  • Publishing Open Access (OA) helps to advance discovery by allowing anyone, anywhere to find, read, and benefit from your research.
  • Cambridge Open Access serves authors and the wider community by publishing high-quality, peer-reviewed OA content.

Author Instructions

Authors workflow for submitting your article to a Cambridge University Press (CUP) OA Journal under our Read & Publish Agreement.

  1. Use the form on the CUP OA Waivers and Discounts site to access the full list of journals where you can publish OA at no cost.
  2. Journals covered under our Read & Publish agreement will display and a link authors to the publishing agreement.
  3. Once authors are ready, click "Submit your article" on the top of the journal homepage, this will take you from the Cambridge Core homepage to the journal's article submission site. Authors will log into the online peer review system, ORCID IDs will work.
  4. Davidson authors must be indicated as the "Corresponding Author" (CA) to receive the Read & Publish benefit.
  5. Once submitted, a message comes up that notes if the article is accepted, you may be elegible for OA fees to be waived. Authors will get an email from Ironclad, so look for this in your inbox and also check your junk email.
  6. Copyright Clearance Center's Rightslink uses the CA article metadata to process the APC.
    1. Rightslink emails the author and asks for the APC payment
    2. Authors log into Rightslink and a pop-up will appear allowing authors to apply for funding under the Read & Publish agreement with Davidson College and Cambridge University Press.
    3. Once accepeted, authors will receive a confirmation email with the total amount at $0.
    4. Article is then published on to Cambridge Core platform.

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