Transformative License with Cambridge University Press Offers University of Pittsburgh Authors the Option of Free Open Access Article Publishing

One of the greatest benefits of open access is that it can increase the visibility and reach of scholarly work, since readers face fewer access barriers like expensive journal subscriptions. We are therefore excited to announce that the North East Research Libraries Consortium (NERL), of which the University of Pittsburgh is a member, has signed a Read and Publish agreement with Cambridge University Press (CUP) that will waive article processing charges (APCs) for open access articles that meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Have a corresponding author affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh or UPMC.
  • Be original research—eligible article types are research articles, review articles, rapid communications, brief reports, and case reports.
  • Be accepted for publication in a CUP journal covered by the agreement.
  • Be accepted for publication on or after January 1, 2022.

The CUP Read and Publish agreement provides both free open access publishing and traditional “reading” access to CUP’s subscription journals.

To publish open access with a CUP journal, register for an account with their online submission system and select the option to publish Open Access. It is important to enter your University of Pittsburgh and to use your Pitt email address, as these will determine your eligibility for having the Author Processing Charges waived for publishing open access. After your manuscript is submitted, it undergoes peer review. If accepted for publication, an email will be sent to you with a publishing agreement that includes an option to publish your article as open access.

You can find a list of the Cambridge OA journals at