Between the Lines

Transformative Cambridge University Press Publishing Agreement

Vanderbilt Libraries is pleased to announce a new transformative agreement with Cambridge University Press (CUP) that allows corresponding authors from Vanderbilt University to publish their works Open Access — without paying author processing charges in hundreds of multi-disciplinary hybrid OA and fully OA Cambridge journals. The agreement also increases access to published research by including all current Cambridge journal articles for the Vanderbilt community.

We are particularly excited by this opportunity as OA journals have been proven to expand access to research for scholars around the world, enhancing both discoverability and citation counts. However, many OA journals require author-side fees, typically called article processing charges, which prove to be a barrier to many authors. The Cambridge APC savings across campus is estimated to be more than $70,000 annually as 91 articles have been published open access by VU authors in humanities, social sciences, and the sciences since 2017.

Please note that authors who wish to submit their work to an OA journal published by CUP must be the corresponding author and use their email address to qualify for the APC waiver. More details regarding article eligibility, including what defines a corresponding author, are available at the dedicated Vanderbilt site.  If you have additional questions, please consult with your liaison librarian.