The Big Ten Academic Alliance Announces Publishing Deal with Cambridge University Press

Feb 17, 2021


The Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) and Cambridge University Press (CUP) have signed a three-year ‘Read and Publish’ agreement that provides multi-year reading rights to the full CUP journals package and uncapped open access publishing of eligible and accepted research at no additional cost to authors.

All participating institutions will benefit from reduced annual cost increases in subscription years 2022 and 2023. Perpetual rights are provided to all volumes published during the agreement term; shallow back-file access is also guaranteed in line with the specific terms of each journal.

Read & Publish agreements strive for a more equitable scholarly ecosystem and attempt to correct privilege bias within academia. BTAA research papers published under this agreement will be accessible by worldwide readers irrespective of an individual or institutional ability to pay.

Chris Bennett, Global Sales Director (Academic Publishing) at Cambridge University Press, commented, “We continue to strike Read & Publish agreements with institutions around the globe, and North America is a major focus for the next phase of our plan to deliver full and sustainable open access across our research publishing. This agreement with the Big Ten Academic Alliance marks a significant step forward in our ambition to achieve this aim, and we are delighted to have forged a new partnership with such an influential group of research institutions.”

Maurice York, BTAA Director, Library Initiatives said, “We’re delighted to be partnering with Cambridge University Press as we move forward with developing a more equitable and sustainable ecosystem for our researchers and the wider community. Collective action by our organizations is one more step in achieving the goals of open science and open scholarship.”

About the Big Ten Academic Alliance
: Headquartered in the Midwest, the Big Ten Academic Alliance is the nation’s preeminent model for effective collaboration among research universities. For more than half a century, these world-class institutions have advanced their academic missions, generated unique opportunities for students and faculty, and served the common good by sharing expertise, leveraging campus resources, and collaborating on innovative programs. Governed and funded by the Provosts of the member universities, Big Ten Academic Alliance mandates are coordinated by a staff from its Champaign, Illinois headquarters.

About Cambridge University Press: Cambridge University Press is part of the University of Cambridge. It furthers the University's mission by disseminating knowledge in the pursuit of education, learning, and research at the highest international levels of excellence. Its extensive peer-reviewed publishing lists comprise 50,000 titles covering academic research and professional development, as well as school-level education and English language teaching. Playing a leading role in today's international marketplace, Cambridge University Press has more than 50 offices around the globe, and it distributes its products to nearly every country in the world.

Maurice York
Director, Library Initiatives
Big Ten Academic Alliance
(217) 300-0945

John Edwards
Open Research Sales Manager
Cambridge University Press
(212) 337-6505



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