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Read- and publish agreement

Researchers at Lund University can use a national agreement to publish open access without any fee in a number of titles in the ScienceDirect Freedom Collection, in journals from Learned Societies and in a number of titles from Cell Press.

About the agreement

Researchers at Lund University can publish open access free of charge in a large number of journals from Elsevier. Both hybrid journals and pure open access journals are included in the agreement.

Publishing within the agreement applies to articles submitted from January 1st, 2020.

The article types eligible to publish within the agreement are: Data in brief, Full-length article, Insights, Micro-article, Original software publication, Protocols, Review article, Short communication, Short review, Video Article.

The corresponding author must be affiliated to Lund University and have stated Lund University as their affiliation in the article to publish open access within the agreement. Authors can choose between CC BY and CC BY-NC-ND licenses.

Information about Creative Commons licenses on the Royal Library's website

Fees related to the printed journal, e.g., page charges or color charges, are not covered by the agreement.

Journals included

You find all journals included in this or other current publisher agreements by using our search service, where all journal titles are listed.

Search for journals included in current publishing agreements

Workflow for authors

When submitting an article, always use your institutional e-mail (ending with or

The corresponding author receives a link to Elsevier's platform via e-mail upon acceptance of the article. State the affiliation (Lund University) and add other information in the platform. "Gold Open Access" at no cost is the only option under "Publishing Options". Lastly, the author can select a CC license.

The information stated by the corresponding author is sent on to the University Library, where the author's affiliation to Lund University is confirmed. After this, the article will be immediately open access when published.

A detailed description of the author workflow in the Elsevier platform (PDF, new tab)


For questions about the agreement or open access publishing, please contact:

publicera [at] lub [dot] lu [dot] se