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Open Access Publishing Agreements at UNL Libraries

Biochemical Society: “Read and Publish” Agreement with the Big Ten Academic Alliance

University of Nebraska authors whose articles are accepted on or after January 1, 2024 for publication in Biochemical Society (Portland Press) journals can have their work published Open Access (OA) at no cost to themselves. The associated charges (known as Article Processing Charges, or APCs) are covered by the Libraries. The agreement covers articles published in any of the Biochemical Society's seven journals, including the two fully Open Access journals, BioScience Reports and Neuronal Signaling

A corresponding author must be affiliated with a University of Nebraska institution in order for the article to be eligible for the APC waiver. Corresponding authors should ensure that they correctly specify their University of Nebraska affiliation as their “organization” during the article submission process, in order to be identified as eligible by the Biochemical Society's systems. This will involve clicking “Validate Institution”, then choosing the appropriate institution from the list that is presented. 

Eligible articles will be published Open Access under a Creative Commons license, with the author retaining copyright. In most cases, the corresponding author may choose between CC BY or CC BY-NC-ND licenses. Authors who do not wish to publish their article Open Access can opt out by emailing

For a more detailed description of the steps involved for authors, see The Biochemical Society’s Read & Publish Workflow Guide (PDF download). For more information, contact David Macaulay at UNL Libraries.

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