How can librarians support researchers to boost impact?

Read highlights from our new whitepaper based on the Taylor & Francis and Jisc agreement

As we approach another year of the agreement, which launched in 2021, we’ve analysed the results of our partnership so far and gathered it all in a new whitepaper: Accelerating OA in the UK – How our partnership with Jisc is boosting research impact.

In this whitepaper, we provide context to the agreement, including the aims and objectives of both parties and how this partnership is helping to boost research impact in the UK.

If you are interested in learning more about how we can work together to support open access publishing at your institution, or open research more broadly, please fill out the form at the bottom of this page. Alternatively, you can open the form in a new tab.

I didn’t know I could publish open access without paying a fee – but I was absolutely delighted when I found out that [my university] had an arrangement that meant that I could…My key aim is always to get my research ‘out’ to the communities I work with – both the participant groups I work with, and the research community…

Disability & Society journal author

Through a transformative agreement (TA) with Jisc, Taylor & Francis is supporting UK librarians to achieve their institution’s open access (OA) goals, by offering streamlined OA publishing for their library patrons, including those working in HSS.

Over 130 UK institutions are included in the Jisc agreement. Through the TA with Jisc, the number of OA articles by authors at eligible institutions grew by 432% from 2020 to 2022.

Interested in browsing some of the highlights of this TA? If so, keep scrolling to learn more.



The increase in OA articles by authors at institutions supported by the OA agreement between 2020 and 2022

16.2 Million

The number of global downloads of the Agreement’s OA articles in 2021 and 2022, which fuelled an 83% increase in downloads of all Taylor & Francis U.K. articles


The number of Taylor & Francis articles published OA in 2021 and 2022 via the agreement


The number of articles published via the Agreement in 2021 and 2022 cited in governmental, intergovernmental, and think tank policy documents by May 2023


The number of humanities and social sciences (HSS) articles published OA in 2021 and 2022 via the Agreement


The number of Taylor & Francis journals that accept OA articles via the Agreement


The number of U.K. institutions supported by the Agreement


The number of global institutions we support via more than 25 similar TAs


The year-on-year increase in downloads to Taylor & Francis journal content published by U.K. researchers in 2021


The number of OA articles published in Taylor & Francis journals via TAs in 2021 and 2022


The number of Taylor & Francis journals converting to full OA in 2023


The number of downloads by the end of 2022 of articles published OA via the agreement

Championing OA in HSS

HSS research typically receives less research funding than science, technical, and medical (STM) subject areas.

This makes it more difficult for researchers to publish their OA research.

With more than 1,400 HSS journals that are “hybrid” (offering a mix of OA and subscription articles), we offer many routes to OA for researchers in HSS disciplines.

Through the Agreement, researchers published more than 7,900 HSS articles in 2021 and 2022. This was 80% of all articles published via the Agreement, and more than six times the number published by researchers at institutions supported by the Agreement in 2019 and 2020.

At the end of 2022, the top HSS subject area by number of OA articles published was history, with more than 250 articles published OA via the Agreement.

The proportion of history articles published OA in Taylor & Francis journals by authors at institutions supported by the agreement increased from 10% in 2020 to 74% in 2022.

478 HSS OA articles published in Taylor & Francis journals in 2019, 558 in 2020, 3,849 in 2021, and 3,909 in 2022.

        Influencing Global Policy

        Jisc policy

        Research published OA via the Agreement is already influencing policy and discourse in many areas, according to the Overton database.

        By May 2023, 499 articles published OA via the Agreement in 2021 and 2022 had been cited in policy documents in publications by:

        • Governments (e.g. the U.K. Government, Deutscher Bundestag, New Zealand Ministry of Health, U.S. House of Representatives Committees)

        • Intergovernmental organizations (e.g. the U.N., WHO, World Bank, OECD)

        • Think tanks and repositories (e.g. the Institute of Development Studies in the U.K., the Walter Eucken Institut in Germany, the Norwegian Institute for International Affairs, the Analysis & Policy Observatory in Australia)

        The U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are interconnected policy objectives intended to achieve a sustainable future for the world. OA research related to the SDGs makes an important contribution to solving the most urgent global issues.

        1,161 articles (16%) published OA via the Agreement in 2021 and 2022 are aligned with at least one SDG.

        As the editor of a Taylor and Francis journal, I have been deeply impressed by Taylor and Francis’s careful adoption of open access for some of the essays published in the journal.
        Two of our most-read articles – Priyamvada Gopal’s “On Decolonisation and the University,” and Huw Marsh’s essay on Ian McEwan’s
        Atonement – have been published as open access. This has allowed this work to reach a much wider readership – both essays have been downloaded in excess of 30,000 times.

        Professor Peter Boxall, Editor-in-Chief of Textual Practice

        Making News

        Read All About It

        Media coverage is an important way to raise awareness about research, and engage with the public and policymakers. Publishing research OA makes it easier for media professionals and the public to access and distribute.

        The 10,108 articles published OA via the Agreement in 2021 and 2022 have a high level of engagement from news sources in particular (source: Altmetric).

        For example, by the end of 2022, these articles had been mentioned in approximately 4,170 news stories by about 1,140 outlets in 70 countries.

        This whitepaper highlights how we can assess the outcome and impact of a specific TA in the UK.

        There are numerous factors that determine the overall performance of TAs. These all require investment in resources, system development, and the evolution of skills and capabilities for publishers and institutions.

        As well as disseminating valuable UK research and raising its impact through our partnership with Jisc, we’re also aiming to share the knowledge we’ve gained from this joint OA journey. Read the whitepaper in full, here.

        – Taylor & Francis

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