How Librarians Can Help Authors Publish Open Access at ACS


As a librarian, you are often the “go to” on campus or in the office for scientists wanting to better understand the research and publishing landscape. Of the questions fired at you, open access is a common concern. Questions you may hear include, “How do I make my article open access?” “How much will I have to pay out of pocket?” “Where can I publish open access for free?” “How quickly will my article be open to all readers?” “How can you help me navigate the open access landscape?”

At ACS Publications, we strive to make the process of publishing open access as clear as possible, with a variety of options available to cover every researcher’s needs. Here are some ways you can help your authors navigate their open access landscape:

ACS AuthorChoice is ACS’ primary open access license. It provides unrestricted digital access to a published article for a one-time fixed payment. Articles published in any ACS journal are eligible for open access. All ACS authors may choose open access by selecting ACS AuthorChoice; they subsequently have the option to add a Creative Commons license (CC-BY or CC-BY-NC-ND) for an additional fee.

Every funder has different requirements when it comes to publishing open access; some require the article be open access immediately upon publication, others allow a 12-month embargo. Some funders require a particular type of license, such as CC-BY, others do not require any specific license. Help authors navigate these requirements by consulting the ACS AuthorChoice decision tree. To request print copies, please contact Michael Qiu, Library Relations Manager, at

You may have heard about our new open access, peer-reviewed journal, but do your authors know that it is a great way to get their multidisciplinary research published to a global audience? ACS Omega articles are assessed on technical merit and soundness of science. The journal provides a home where authors can rapidly share their great ideas with the global research community. All articles are published under an ACS AuthorChoice license with the option to add a CC-BY or CC-BY-NC-ND Creative Commons license. Authors are required to pay an article processing charge (APC) to publish in ACS Omega, which ranges from $500-$2,000. ACS Members receive a 50% discount off the base price and discounts are also available to authors from qualifying countries. To learn more about how ACS Omega will impact you and your library, read the latest edition of Librarian Life on ACS Axial.

ACS Central Science is ACS’ first fully open access journal, highly selective and publishing the most compelling, multidisciplinary research from around the globe. Not only is it free for all to read, there are no publishing fees for authors. If researchers at your institution have the next big idea in chemistry or its allied fields, encourage them to submit to ACS Central Science! ACS Central Science publishes research articles, reviews, interviews, and other insights into the world of chemistry and beyond with high media visibility All articles are published under an ACS AuthorChoice license at no charge. a CC-BY or CC-BY-NC-ND license may be added for an additional charge: $500 for ACS Members and $1000 for non-members.

Each day, a new peer-reviewed article from an ACS journal is handpicked by ACS Editors to be made freely available. All ACS Editors’ Choice articles are sponsored by ACS under the ACS AuthorChoice license, and remain open access for all to read. ACS Editors’ Choice articles recognize the breadth of impactful content published across the ACS portfolio daily and are gaining high visibility around the globe.

Every Friday, ACS Axial highlights that week’s selections. See what articles are being featured here!

Did any researchers at your institution publish as a corresponding author in an ACS journal in 2014? If so, they may have ACS Author Rewards to use to make their articles open access. All corresponding authors who published with the ACS in 2014 received $1,500 in ACS Author Rewards (two codes worth $750 each to be used for the purchase of any open access option) for each article published. That adds up fast! ACS Author Rewards do not expire until the end of 2017, but it is never too early or too late to remind researchers that they can make their articles open access using ACS Author Rewards. In addition, authors can seamlessly share ACS Author Rewards with their colleagues. Learn about redeeming ACS Author Rewards here. If a researcher cannot find their ACS Author Rewards codes, they should email for assistance.

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