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Research Publishing & Impact: Company of Biologists

Company of Biologists: Read and Publish Agreement

The Company of Biologists is a not-for-profit publishing organisation dedicated to supporting and inspiring the biological community.

Otago has 2022-2024 uncapped access to publish in these 3 journal titles, with no article processing charge:


Journal of Cell Science 

Journal of Experimental Biology 


and you will continue to have access to publish in these 2 Open Access titles, for all corresponding authors under CC BY licence terms, but may incur an article processing charge:

Disease Models & Mechanisms

Biology Open


Eligible articles

Article types

Open access publishing covered under this Read & Publish agreement includes the following article types: 

  • Original research paper article 

Authors may publish excluded article types as “closed access” or pay an article processing charge (if applicable) to make the article open access. 

Acceptance date

Eligible articles that have an acceptance date during the term of this agreement (2022) are eligible to be published open access under the terms of the agreement. 


Number of included articles

There is no limit on the number of articles by eligible authors from participating institutions that can be published under the terms of this agreement. 


Other charges

There are no other transactional charges for authors. 

You can view the Company of Biologists step-by-step guide for Read & Publish authors here.

OR read on for more details:

Responsible corresponding authors* from institutions listed under 'Participating institutions' above may publish immediately to open access on the publisher's platform once the article has been accepted with no transactional APCs. (Page and colour charges may apply.)

Author rights

Articles from authors at participating institutions may be published under the authors' choice of either 

  • CC-BY 

  • CC-BY-SA 

  • CC-BY-ND 

  • CC-BY-NC 

  • CC-BY-NC-SA 


The Creative Commons licenses allow reuse (some with conditions) while protecting the authors' rights of acknowledgment as authors. Authors retain copyright. 

How to submit your article for open access publishing

  1. Follow the publisher's usual article submission process via the journal’s homepage.
  2. On acceptance of the article, the publisher will ask the corresponding author to complete a form (publishing agreement). 
  3. The corresponding author selects open access and confirms the licence type (e.g. CC-BY). 
  4. The APC is automatically waived for authors who have used an institutional email address belonging to one of the participating institutions and indicated they are affiliated with a participating institution. 

View the publisher’s step-by-step guide for authors. 

Author identification

Authors will be identified as eligible for open access publishing by their  

  • institutional email address 

  • institutional affiliation 

  • IP address range. 

Authors must use their institutional email address when submitting an article for publication in order for the publication to be approved to be published open access with no transactional APCs 



Archiving in institutional repositories

Authors may deposit articles in institutional repositories. 

Preprints may be deposited. The Company of Biologists recognises the growing use of preprint servers in the biological sciences, and appreciates the value in rapid dissemination of research results. Deposition of primary research manuscripts on community preprint servers such as bioRxiv is not considered prior publication and will not compromise potential publication. Authors are asked to provide details of the preprint deposition in the cover letter accompanying manuscript submission. Versions of a manuscript that have been revised in response to peer review comments should not be deposited. Authors who have posted their paper to a preprint server are welcome to engage in community discussion about their paper. 

  • Author accepted manuscripts may be made available via institutional repositories after a zero months embargo period.