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.
After an initial two-year pilot, the California State University (CSU) system has signed a three-year gold open access 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.
Publishing Your Accepted Manuscript Open Access
Elsevier has provided a video of the author journey process. Login to CSU ScholarWorks is required to access the video.
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.
Credits: With thanks to Lana Wood at CSU East Bay for allowing reuse of most of this page's content.
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