Transformative agreements are those contracts negotiated between institutions (libraries, national and regional consortia) and publishers that transform the business model underlying scholarly journal publishing, moving from one based on toll access (subscription) to one in which publishers are remunerated a fair price for their open access publishing services. (Efficiency and Standards for Article Charges, ESAC).
SANLiC (South African National Library & Information Consortium) has negotiated a transformative open access agreement with ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) that covers publication for all journals, conference proceedings, and magazines of the world's largest scientific and educational computing society. Being a member of SANLiC the contract with Wits University is effective January 1st, 2021.
The agreement with ACM entails that Wits authors that submits a manuscript to an ACM journal, magazine- or conference can make their article available Open Access at no additional cost and links them to the rights offerings that ACM offers.
Read more about ACM OPEN (ACM's Transformative Model for Open Access Publication) and University of the Witwatersrand commitment here. University of the Witwatersrand faculty, students, and staff continue to receive unlimited and unrestricted access to all content in the ACM Digital Library.
Wits signed a three year (2021-2023) Read & Publish agreement with the Company of Biologists.
A single fee will be paid for unlimited read access to subscription journals and no APCs will need to be paid for Gold Open Access publishing in the below subscription journals:
Read more about The Company of Biologists Read & Publish programme here.
Wits signed a transitional agreement with the RSC for 2021- 2023.
The agreement entails that Wits authors will receive 2 tokens for free Open Access publishing in 44 RSC Hybrid journals and a 15% discount when publishing in 6 Gold OA journals.
RSC Gold Open Access Journals:
RSC All Journals
Read more about the Royal Society of Chemistry's Open Access programme here
A customized email is sent to the Wits corresponding author of an APC-eligible manuscript in each of these instances: 1) Acceptance to an ACM journal or magazine, 2) Acceptance to an ACM conference.
The author is informed via this email that Univ Witwatersrand has an agreement with ACM under which they can make their article available Open Access at no additional cost and links them to the rights offerings that ACM offers on a form we call the eRights form.
After selecting their CC license, the author will be taken to the second page of the eRights form which is similar to what you may find from other publishers, asking authors about permissions, third-party material, warranties on originality, and funding.