Monagle & Taylor (2022) Assessing and managing transitional read and publish deals: a University of Salford case study

Monagle, Helen, and Wendy Taylor. 2022. “Assessing and Managing Transitional Read and Publish Deals: A University of Salford Case Study”. Insights 35: 12. DOI:


This case study explores the processes and challenges of assessing and managing transitional agreements (TAs) at the University of Salford. TAs are contracts with publishers that shift spending from subscriptions to open access and therefore enable the transition to full and immediate open access for research articles. As a teaching-intensive and research-informed university with a small team, Salford needs to ensure that transitional deals are managed effectively and efficiently to maximize our resources and provide the content and publishing opportunities needed to support our teaching and research strategies. Here we describe our processes and the challenges we have faced working remotely and across teams. Finally, we reflect on future developments and how we can continue to adapt and develop our processes as the scholarly landscape evolves.


University of Salford joins Opening the Future at Liverpool University Press

“We are pleased to announce that the library at the University of Salford has joined the Liverpool University Press (LUP) Opening the Future initiative. 

With this membership, staff and students at the University gain access to titles from two series of LUP’s books:  ‘Contemporary Hispanic and Lusophone Cultures’ and ‘Liverpool Latin American Studies’. In total they’ll be able to read 37 multi-user eBooks on contemporary Hispanic culture, including titles on languages, politics, popular culture, and business. After three years of membership, the University will retain perpetual access to them all.

As with all Opening the Future members, this means that Salford have increased their online book collection with titles relevant to the University’s research and teaching needs – and at the same time they are helping to fund new frontlist titles in OA format. Liverpool University Press uses all membership fees from this programme to produce new open access monographs which will be free, and available to all, globally. LUP has already been able to earmark funding for two titles, with another five to be announced soon. You can read about the forthcoming OA books on our progress page: …”