Read and Publish

Swissuniversities, the umbrella organisation of which the University of Bern is a member, has been negotiating with scientific publishers with a view to signing Read and Publish agreements. Agreements of this kind secure continued right of readership for the entire offering of these publishers, while also ensuring that researchers at the participating universities will be able in future to publish their work on an Open Access (OA) basis without incurring any additional costs.

 

This Read and Publish agreement with Elsevier relates to all of the publishing house's journals, including the "golden open access" publications. Members of the University of Bern, the Bern teachers' training college (Pädagogische Hochschule - PH) and the Inselspital (University Hospital) can publish on an Open Access basis in the Elsevier journals listed here without incurring any costs.

 

The publish agreement does not cover Cell Press journals (e.g. The Lancet) or various society journals.

All members of the University of Bern, PH Bern and Inselspital: Students (including postgraduate and doctoral students), assistants, lecturers and professors.

When submitting your applications, please use your e-mail address at the University of Bern, Inselspital or PH Bern. The article must be submitted by the corresponding author.

The authors must be employed by one of the three participating institutions. A position as a private lecturer at the University of Bern is not sufficient.

Check whether the title is included in the following list: 

 

The following journals are not included in the agreement with Elsevier.

Articles are submitted on the Elsevier website in the usual way. When submitting your applications, please use your e-mail address at the University of Bern, Inselspital or PH Bern.

Once the article has been accepted, the corresponding author is sent a link to the “rights and access” form. In this form, choose “Publish Open Access” ("Publishing Options") and your publication costs are coverd by the Read and Publish Agreement with UB Bern.

Here is a step-by-step guide to the Open Access publication process on the Elsevier website.

There are two licenses to choose from: CC BY 4.0 and CC BY-NC 4.0

The CC BY license is recommended.

Here you can find more information about the Creative Common licences.

A long period of time may elapse between submission and acceptance. What counts is that the article must have been submitted during membership of the University of Bern and during the life of the agreement with Elsevier (2020-2023). If this is the case, the article will appear under Open Access in the context of the UB Bern licence.

In order to be assigned to the University of Bern, please choose the appropriate affiliation after the article has been accepted by the publisher, even if you no longer work there.

The same applies accordingly to the PH Bern and the Inselspital.

No. Only articles submitted as of 2020 are subject to the new conditions.

No. Billing takes place through UB Bern.

No. The following journals are not included in the agreement with Elsevier: 

You will be informed personally should your publication request be rejected.

If you think this is a mistake, please reply with a statement why your article should still be published under OA.

If the decision to publish under OA is corrected after re-examination, you will receive a request from Elsevier Technical Support to complete the submission form again. This allows the process to continue as normal. 

As of 2019, RSC has changed the current consortium license to the Read & Publish model. It is recommended to publish in Open Access. 

If the Open Access model is selected in a hybrid journal, the author will be automatically informed that the Berne University Library has already paid for this service. There are no further publication costs for the author.

In Full Open Access journals the author pays the publication costs.

Every year, researchers at Bern University can publish a total of 14 articles in hybrid RSC journals in Open Access free of charge.

Full Open Access journals:

Chemical Science (Gold OA since 2015, no APC)
RSC Advances (APC = 750 GBP)
Nanoscale Advances (no APC until mid 2021)
RSC Chemical Biology (no APC until mid 2022)
Materials Advances (no APC unti mid 2022)
Environmental Science: Atmospheres has recently been launched, first issue will be published in January 2021 (no APC until June 2023)
Royal Society Open Science (Gold Open Access)
Chemistry Education Research and Practice (CERP) (Free to access)

All other titles are hybrid journals. This means that a paid subscription is required to read the articles that are not published in open access.

All journals A-Z

All members of the University of Bern, PH Bern and Inselspital: Students (including postgraduate and doctoral students), assistants, lecturers and professors.

When submitting your applications, please use your e-mail address at the University of Bern, Inselspital or PH Bern. The article must be submitted by the corresponding author.

The authors must be employed by one of the three participating institutions. A position as a private lecturer at the University of Bern is not sufficient.

Articles are submitted on the RSC website in the usual way. When submitting your applications, please use your e-mail address at the University of Bern, Inselspital or PH Bern.

A personal account on the RSC platform is required.

Link to the RSC registration page.

A long period of time may elapse between submission and acceptance. What counts is that the article must have been submitted during membership of the University of Bern and during the life of the agreement with RSC (2020-2023). If this is the case, the article will appear under Open Access in the context of the UB Bern licence.

No. Billing takes place through UB Bern.

The Read and Publish agreement with Wiley relates to all of the publishing house's hybrid journals (i.e. all closed access journals which allow publication of Open Access articles).

Members of the University of Bern, the Bern teachers' training college (Pädagogische Hochschule - PH) and the Inselspital (University Hospital) can publish on an Open Access basis in the Wiley journals which are included in the following list without incurring any costs.


The publish agreement does not cover fully (Gold) Open Access journals from Wiley.

All members of the University of Bern, PH Bern and Inselspital: Students (including postgraduate and doctoral students), assistants, lecturers and professors.

When submitting your applications, please use your e-mail address at the University of Bern, Inselspital or PH Bern.
The article must be submitted by the corresponding author.

The authors must be employed by one of the three participating institutions at the time the article is accepted (acceptance date).
A position as a private lecturer at the University of Bern is not sufficient.

Check whether the journal is included in the following title list.


The Read and Publish agreement only covers hybrid journals.
Financing is not covered by this license if you want to publish in a fully (Gold) Open Access journal.

You can find information on alternative financing options for publication in Gold Open Access Journals on our Open Access page.

 

Articles are submitted on the wiley website in the usual way. When submitting your applications, please use your e-mail address at the University of Bern, Inselspital or PH Bern.
 

Here is a step-by-step guide to the Open Access publication process on the Wiley website.
 

If the Open Access option does not appear, either the journal or the article type is not part of the licence.

  • List of authorized journals
  • Authorized article types: Original Articles, Review Articles, Case Report, Clinical Message, Commentary, Consensus, Drug Focus, History, Meta Analysis, Rapid Publication, Technical Note und Tutorial

 

Attention: If you reject the Open Access option, you cannot undo this. The Open Access publication can no longer be financed by this license.

You can find information on alternative financing options on our Open Access page.

There are three licenses to choose from:

  • CC BY (Creative Commons Attribute License)
  • CC BY-NC (Creative Commons Attribute-NonCommercial License)
  • CC BY-NC-ND (Creative Commons Attribute-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License)

The CC BY license is recommended.

Here you can find more information about the Creative Common licences.

No, there are article types that are not entitled to be published under OA. 

According to the agreement, only the following article types will be considered for open access publication:

  • Original Articles
  • Review Articles
  • Case Report
  • Clinical Message
  • Commentary
  • Consensus
  • Drug Focus
  • History
  • Meta Analysis
  • Rapid Publication
  • Technical Note
  • Tutorial

All or most part of the research for the article must have bee carried out at the University of Bern.

In addition, you must be employed as a corresponding author at the University of Bern at the time of the acceptance date.
In order to be assigned to the University of Bern, please select the corresponding affiliation after the article has been accepted by the publisher.

If the article was accepted before or after your employment at the University of Bern, the University of Bern cannot cover the publication costs.

The same applies accordingly to the PH Bern and the Inselspital.

The date of submission is irrelevant.

Provided that your article is accepted by Wiley from May 1, 2021 on, it can be published free of charge. 

No. Billing takes place through UB Bern.

The licence only covers the publication fees. 

If you choose to use additional publication services (color in print, posters), you have to cover the additional costs yourself.

According to Wiley this is not possible within this Read & Publish license.

If you decide to publish the article Open Access only at a later point, you will have to look for another source of funding. You can find information on this on our Open Access page.

You will be informed personally should your publication request be rejected.

If you think this is a mistake, please reply with a statement why your article should still be published under OA.

If the decision to publish under OA is corrected after re-examination, you will receive a request from Wiley Technical Support to complete the submission form again. This allows the process to continue as normal. 

If you have any questions about Read & Publish, please don't hesitate to contact us.