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Open Access for everyone – no matter your institution

Recently published in ACS Omega, Organosolv Lignin Improved Thermoplastic Elastomeric Behavior of Polyethylene/Polyisoprene Blend (Ghosh, A: ACS Omega 2022, 7, 10, 8483–8492. DOI: 10.1021/acsomega.1c06062) marks the first publication from a primarily undergraduate institution under an ACS Read + Publish Agreement.

Primarily undergraduate institutions (PUIs) are defined by the National Science Foundation as accredited colleges and universities that award 20 or fewer Ph.D / D.Sci. degrees in NSF-supported fields during two consecutive academic years. As of 2016, there were more than 1,200 PUIs in the United States, employing in excess of 1,000,000 research and teaching staff. While PUIs have a primary focus on instruction, the staff of US-based PUIs nevertheless publish thousands of articles per year.

Read + Publish Agreements offer institutions and consortia full access to ACS content, as well as covering much or all of the publication charges for their researchers in ACS journals. While thousands of researchers in over 400 institutions worldwide are covered by ACS Read + Publish Agreements, Troy University is the first PUI to benefit from this offer.

“Dr Ghosh’s article is just one example of the high-quality research that Troy University, and other PUIs like us, produce,” said Dr Christopher Shaffer, Dean of Library Services at Troy University. “The option of an ACS Read + Publish Agreement, which provided both full access to ACS journals as well as the ability to publish in immediate open access, represents tremendous value. We can ensure that our faculty and students have access to the literature while also reaching the widest possible audience with our research.”

“ACS is committed to open access, and part of that commitment is to provide every chemical researcher the opportunity to publish in ACS journals,” said Sybille Geisenheyner, Director of Open Access Licensing and Strategy for ACS Publications. “Read + Publish Agreements have traditionally been struck with institutions that publish many articles each year, or with consortium groups representing institutions with lower publishing output but who still require broad access to the most trusted chemical literature. However, ACS’ flexible approach allows institutions of all sizes to publish their work in open access with support from their institution. We hope that Troy University is the first of many non research-focused universities to explore the benefits of an ACS Read + Publish Agreement.”

More information on ACS Read + Publish Agreements is available on the ACS Open Science website.

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