Transformative agreements are those contracts negotiated between institutions (libraries, national and regional consortia) and publishers that transform the business model underlying scholarly journal publishing, moving from one based on toll access (subscription) to one in which publishers are remunerated a fair price for their open access publishing services.
Universities, university consortia, and other research organizations have inked 100s of these agreements, ensuring that their researchers are not asked to pay for some or all of the up-front costs of open access publishing.
The California State University (CSU) system has negotiated a two-year gold open access pilot agreement with Elsevier that enables corresponding authors affiliated with the CSU to publish open access in eligible Elsevier journals at no cost to authors.
To take advantage of this agreement:
Step 1: Use Elsevier’s journal search tool to ensure your desired journal is eligible under the agreement.
Step 2: Submit your manuscript to an eligible journal.
Elsevier has prepared a video demonstration of the following steps. (Please note that the video is only accessible to those with valid CSU credentials and does not contain closed-captioning.)
Step 1: When you receive an email confirmation that your manuscript has been accepted for publication, click the link for your publication agreement and log in to Elsevier’s platform.
Step 2: This will bring you to a “Finalize Publishing your Article” page. Click the “Publishing Agreement” button at the bottom of the page.
Step 3: As the corresponding author, confirm your CSU affiliation.
Step 4: Add co-author information.
Step 5: Add research funder information.
Step 6: Choose your publishing option.
Step 7: Select your user license.
Step 8: Select your status.
Step 9: Read and agree to the terms of the license agreement.
Step 10: Review the information you submitted.
Step 1: Once you complete the above steps, you and your co-authors will receive a confirmation email.
Step 2: Your article will be published open access within 24 hours.
Step 3: CSU librarians will verify your affiliation and approve your request.
1) Are CSU students eligible to take advantage of this agreement?
Yes, all corresponding authors affiliated with the CSU are eligible, including faculty, students, staff, etc.
2) What if I submitted a manuscript to an eligible Elsevier journal between January 1, 2020 and December 31, 2021 but did not select the open access option?
Each month, Elsevier sends CSU librarians a list of articles associated with CSU-affiliated corresponding authors who did not, for whatever reason, choose to publish open access. CSU librarians will reach out to these authors to encourage them to change the publishing option for their articles to open access.
Credits: With thanks to Lana Wood at CSU East Bay for allowing reuse of most of this page's content.
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