From May 2020 Imperial has signed up to the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Read & Publish scheme, which means that corresponding authors affiliated with Imperial can automatically publish gold OA in hybrid RSC journals.

Read & Publish author guidelines:

APCs are covered: Imperial’s agreement includes the article processing charge for publishing gold OA as a corresponding author.

Publish in any RSC hybrid journal: You can choose to publish in any of the journals RSC class as hybrid (the exceptions are Chemical Science, RSC Advances, Nanoscale Advances, RSC Chemical Biology, Materials Advances and Chemistry Education Research and Practice (CERP), which are already free to access) and which have a Creative Commons Attribution licence.

Extras cost more: Fees for things like reprints or cover artwork count as extra charges, so make sure to factor this in.

When you are ready to publish:

  • Double-check that you are listed as the corresponding author, both in RSC’s online submission system and in your manuscript
  • Use your official institutional email address to submit your manuscript (this helps RSC to identify you)
  • State your institute affiliation and email address in your manuscript and make sure this remains the same, even after submission
  • Do not sign the standard licence to publish. Upon acceptance of your manuscript, you will be able to choose and sign the CC BY or CC BY-NC open access licence.

If you have any questions regarding this agreement or the process please contact the open access team.