Company of Biologists

Introduction: this agreement gives current staff and students at participating institutions:

  1. Access to the the following Company of Biologists (CoB) journals:   Development; Journal of Cell Science; Journal of Experimental Biology                                                                                                                                     
  2. The ability to make their articles accepted for publication in the above journals open access without author-facing article processing charges (APCs).

Further details below.

Agreement period: 1 Jan 2020 — 31 Dec 2022

The Company of Biologists Read and Publish agreement 2020-2022, provides read access to three journals. It also enables all eligible corresponding authors affiliated with participating IReL institutions to publish open access articles in these  journals, without needing to pay article processing charges (APCs).

Participating Members:  

  • Dublin City University  
  • Maynooth University  
  • National University Ireland, Galway 
  • Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
  • Technological University Dublin 
  • Trinity College Dublin 
  • University College Cork  
  • University College Dublin 
  • University of Limerick 

Publisher page

Company of Biologists Read & Publish Open Access initiative

OA quota per year:

Unlimited OA publishing

Journals eligible for OA publishing:

  • Development
  • Journal of Cell Science
  • Journal of Experimental Biology
  • see list of all the eligible journals in all IReL TAs: http://bit.ly/irelOAjournals.

Eligible authors:

  • The corresponding author must be a current staff member or student of a participating institution at the time the article is accepted for publication. The corresponding author must ensure their correct affiliation details are known to the publisher at this time. 
  • Requests to publish OA under the agreement are subject to approval by participating members.

Eligible article types

Original research articles

OA publishing license:

Published under the terms of the CC-BY Version 4.0  license

Further information

Instructions for authors

During submission, corresponding authors will be asked to provide details of their affiliated institution(s) and whether they require Gold Open Access. They will be directed to a Read & Publish information page, where we list all participating institutions.  We recommend that the corresponding author selects Open Access if they are part of a participating institution.  Corresponding authors should use their institutional email address to ensure they are identified and processed correctly: for example they should use myname@tcd.ie, not myname@adapt.ie or myname@gmail.com.

At acceptance, the corresponding author will be sent a license agreement, which includes details of the CCBY option.

Staff will contact any corresponding authors from participating institutions who did not request open access, and will confirm their requirements.

Where open access is confirmed, the institution name and corresponding Ringgold ID will identify the author as eligible for an APC waiver. Corresponding authors will be emailed an APC payment link (via RightsLink) displaying the waived fee and will see a link to request approval by their institution. Authors will be asked to register with the RightsLink site in order to complete the transaction. Publication will proceed following verification by the institution through the RightsLink Institution dashboard and articles will be published under a CC-BY(4.0) license.

At acceptance, the corresponding author will be sent a license agreement, which includes details of the CC-BY option. 

 Company of Biologists will contact any corresponding authors from participating institutions who did not request open access, and will confirm their requirements. 

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