May 19, 2022

Michigan State University Libraries and De Gruyter Sign Three-Year “Transformative” Read-and-Publish Agreement

From MSU Libraries

The MSU Libraries have signed a three-year “transformative” read-and-publish (R + P) agreement with the De Gruyter publishing house to provide default open access publishing for all articles by MSU authors in De Gruyter journals. This arrangement means that MSU lead authors publishing in these journals will no longer have to pay the usual De Gruyter article processing charge, which can amount to hundreds of dollars. MSU-authored articles will be visible to all readers, even those without an MSU Net ID, increasing the visibility of MSU research on the internet. The agreement also gives readers with an authenticating MSU Net ID access to articles in a full set of 347 De Gruyter subscription journals.

Dean of Libraries Joseph Salem said the agreement represents a new way the MSU Libraries are working to support research, teaching, and learning. “This deal will relieve some significant financial burdens on faculty who are working to publish in their fields of study,” Salem said. “We’re covering some costs that individuals or departments were once responsible for, and we’re advancing open access to MSU research.”

MSU Libraries Head of Collections Steven Sowards described the three-year deal as a valuable way to explore new models in academic publishing and said it should open many doors for campus readers and authors. “We’re really pleased to provide access to the rich content on and to help MSU researchers publish their discoveries through open access,” Sowards said.


It is De Gruyter’s third read-and-publish agreement in the United States (after Iowa State University and Virginia Commonwealth University).

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