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27 January 2020

Press strikes first major read and publish agreement in Japan

Cambridge University Press has reached a transformative Open Access agreement with the Japan Alliance of University Library Consortia for E-Resources (JUSTICE).

It is the first such read and publish deal signed with JUSTICE by any publisher, the first major read and publish deal in Japan and a first for the Press in Asia.

Read and publish deals pay for an institution to access a publisher’s journals and also covers any Article Processing Charges the institution’s authors would normally pay to publish their work Open Access with that publisher.

JUSTICE is Japan’s largest organisation of library consortia, with more than 500 affiliated university and research libraries. Those institutions can now choose to opt-in to the three-year agreement, which would allow their authors to publish their research articles in Press journals  that publish open content. In addition, each institution will have access to the journal collections they currently subscribe to.

The ground-breaking agreement follows a number of similar agreements between the Press and higher education and research institutions around the world.

Chris Bennett, Global Sales Director for the Press, said: “We see read and publish agreements like this as a key part of a sustainable and responsible transition to Open Access. To have such a framework in place for Japanese researchers who want to publish their work Open Access is a hugely important step.

“We are delighted to be the first publisher to sign such an agreement with JUSTICE and are proud of its truly transformative nature.”

Seiji Hosokawa, Chair of the JUSTICE Steering Committee, said: “We are pleased to announce that we have agreed our first Read and Publish contract with Cambridge University Press in line with the JUSTICE OA2020 roadmap.

“We expect this agreement between our two organizations to lead to a deeper transformation of scholarly communication in Japan.”

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