Publish and Read

The Microbiology Society is introducing an additional route to both publishing and reading in Society journals. Publish and Read is designed to offer a frictionless Open Access (OA) experience for authors together with maximum value for institutions. Subscribers are invited to opt-in to the deal for 2020 volumes, following our annual sales cycle starting October 2019. To help authors track their eligibility for fee-free Gold OA, a list of institutions that have signed up to Publish and Read can be viewed here.

Publish and Read offers institutions an alternative to both subscriptions and Article Processing Charges (APCs) although both of these routes will still be available. 

Institutions that buy a Publish and Read package are offered:

  • Unlimited OA: any article published in Society journals where the corresponding author is from a Publish and Read institution will be OA by default.
  • Unlimited usage: any user associated with a Publish and Read institution can access the entire archive of Society content, back to 1947, for reading and for text and data mining.

Corresponding authors from Publish and Read institutions will be identified using their email domains. Where a corresponding author’s email domain matches that provided for a Publish and Read institution, we will ask the author to sign our standard CC-BY Creative Commons licence and will publish their article OA without further charge, and without embargo. Authors retain the right to opt out of publishing their articles as OA.

Institutional Publish and Read pricing

Institutional Publish and Read is offered at a fixed-price package deal of £8,500/$12,000 per academic institute for 2020. It is available direct from the Microbiology Society and via subscription agents. The package is open to customers tiered as Academic 1 or Academic 2 institutions (see Tier Descriptions).

Please contact [email protected] to discuss Institutional Publish and Read.

Consortia Publish and Read

We have signed national library consortia Publish and Read deals with:

  • Jisc Collections in the UK
  • CAUL covering Australia and New Zealand

and are keen to work with more consortia to offer the benefits of Publish and Read to their members. Consortia Publish and Read deals are priced based on several factors, including the number of consortium members who wish to take up the deal, their historic publishing activity, and their historic subscription spend. 

Please contact [email protected] to discuss Consortia Publish and Read.

How it works

Author identification

  • Corresponding authors will be able to check their fee-free eligibility and then indicate the Publish and Read route for OA through the submission process.
  • Additionally, we shall check corresponding author eligibility as part of the submission and publication process using email domain names.
  • The corresponding author's affiliation must match the paying institution on the date of acceptance. 
  • Affiliation to a Publish and Read institution as stated in the accepted paper is the decisive parameter for eligibility. 
  • Providing correct affiliation information (including an institutional email address) is the responsibility of corresponding authors.

Funding acknowledgement

  • Funding acknowledgements must be provided by authors and will be included in the article XML for display in our current PDF and HTML formats, and any future format we introduce.
  • Funding acknowledgement is at the authors’ discretion and may reference the research funding source and/or the publication funder.

Metadata delivery

We follow NISO recommendations for ‘Mechanisms for Distributing Metadata’, which includes delivering metadata to Crossref and other relevant third parties; this includes Funder Registry metadata where it has been provided by the authors.

In order to assist customers with funder compliance, the following key dates will be detailed in reports to libraries:

  • Date of acceptance: The point at which all necessary changes have been made following peer review and the author is notified that their output will be published.
  • Date of publication: The date on which the article first becomes available online.


To help you optimise your Publish and Read licence, the Microbiology Society has created some digital collateral to help you spread the word to faculty and inform potential authors of their eligibility.

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