ACS Publications Secures Read and Publish Agreements Supporting More Than 130 New Institutions in December 2023

David Armstrong
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In December 2023, ACS Publications entered into agreements to support the reading and publishing needs of more than 130 institutions globally, representing the EMEA, Asia, and Americas regions. Taken together, these agreements represent a new capability for tens of thousands of the world’s leading scientists to conveniently publish open access in ACS’s most trusted journals in science, at no cost to them.

ACS read and publish agreements take the place of traditional read-only style journal subscriptions. They aid in the transformation to open access by empowering libraries to acquire both subscription content and support for open access publishing within a single agreement—simultaneously providing authors and readers with streamlined access to both the world’s most trusted subscription content, and a fast and easy way to publish open access with ACS.

Each ACS read and publish agreement is uniquely tailored to the needs of partnering institutions. Our automated workflows allow librarians to streamline processes while tailoring the desired level of oversight for publishing activity. Flexible cost structures individually account for each institutions’ unique level of subscription usage, subscription choices, and publishing output.

Notable Consortia-level agreements entered in December 2023 include:

Friedrich-Althoff-Konsortium (FAK), Germany

This agreement represents 23 institutions and is in place for 2024-2026. Libraries elected to employ ACS’s “touch-free” process (allowing affiliated corresponding authors to opt into open access publishing with a single button) and support for Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) open access licenses.

  • BAM Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing
  • Brandenburg University of Technology
  • Constructor University Bremen
  • Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM)
  • Free University of Berlin
  • Friedrich Schiller University Jena
  • Humboldt University of Berlin
  • Ilmenau University of Technology
  • Kiel University
  • Leibniz Institute for Catalysis (LIKAT)
  • Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research Dresden
  • Leipzig University
  • Martin Luther University Halle Wittenberg
  • Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg
  • Paul Drude Institute for Solid State Electronics
  • Robert Koch Institute
  • Technical University of Berlin
  • University of Applied Sciences Merseburg
  • University of Bremen
  • University of Hamburg
  • University of Potsdam
  • University of Ulm
  • Leibniz Research Institute for Molecular Pharmacology

Chemistry Promotion Center (CPC) Consortium, Taiwan

This agreement represents 25 institutions and is in place for 2024-2026. Libraries elected to employ ACS’s touch-free process and support for CC BY licenses.

  • Academia Sinica
  • Chang Gung University of Science and Technology
  • Chung Shan Medical University
  • Chung Yuan Christian University
  • Feng Chia University
  • Kaohsiung Medical University
  • Minghsin University of Science and Technology
  • National Central University
  • National Cheng Kung University
  • National Chung Hsing University
  • National Dong Hwa University
  • National Formosa University
  • National PingTung University
  • National Sun Yat-sen University
  • National Taitung University
  • National Taiwan University
  • National Taiwan University of Science and Technology
  • National Tsing Hua University
  • National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University
  • Providence University
  • Taipei Medical University
  • Tunghai University
  • Yuan Ze University
  • National Taipei University of Technology
  • National Taiwan Ocean University

Virginia's Academic Library Consortium (VIVA), United States

This agreement represents 70 institutions and is in place for 2024-2026. Libraries elected to employ ACS’s touch-free process and support for CC BY licenses.

  • Appalachian College of Pharmacy
  • Appalachian School of Law
  • Averett University
  • Bluefield College
  • Bridgewater College
  • Christendom College
  • Christopher Newport University
  • Divine Mercy University
  • Eastern Mennonite University
  • Eastern Virginia Medical School
  • Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Emory & Henry College
  • Ferrum College
  • George Mason University
  • Hampden-Sydney College
  • Hampton University
  • Hollins University
  • James Madison University
  • Liberty University
  • Longwood University
  • Mary Baldwin College
  • Marymount University
  • Norfolk State University
  • Old Dominion University
  • Radford University
  • Randolph College
  • Randolph-Macon College
  • Regent University
  • Richard Bland College
  • Roanoke College
  • Shenandoah University
  • Southern Virginia University
  • Sweet Briar College
  • Union Presbyterian Seminary
  • University of Lynchburg
  • University of Mary Washington
  • University of Richmond
  • University of Virginia
  • University of Virginia's College at Wise
  • Virginia Military Institute
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute
  • Virginia State University
  • Virginia Union University

Estonian Libraries Network Consortium (ELNET Consortium), Estonia

This agreement represents 3 institutions and is in place for 2024-2026. Libraries elected to employ ACS’s touch-free process and support for CC BY licenses.

  • University of Tartu
  • Tallinn Technical University
  • Estonian University of Life Sciences

Other institutional agreements signed in December 2023

An additional 21 institutions gained read and publish coverage by either joining independently or by joining another group agreement already in place. Each of these agreements is unique in the level of automation selected, licensing, and more.

  • Canadian Grain Commission, Canada
  • Technical University of Chemnitz, Germany
  • Technical University of Munich, Germany
  • Illinois State University, United States
  • University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland (Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz), Switzerland
  • Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan
  • Teesside University, United Kingdom
  • American University, United States
  • Macau University, Macau
  • Universidad Veracruzana, Mexico
  • University of Arkansas, United States
  • Cinvestav, Mexic
  • Universidad de las Américas Puebla, Mexico
  • Vanderbilt University, United States
  • University Of Southern Mississippi, United States
  • Nofima, Norway
  • Oklahoma State University Stillwater, United States
  • Oklahoma State University Tulsa, United States
  • Medical University of Graz, Austria
  • Medical University of Vienna, Austria

Working together with institutions and research funders, ACS has helped to support funder mandates to provide open access to taxpayer-funded research outputs, while balancing the needs of authors to receive valuable peer-review guidance in shaping their work, and readers’ needs to conveniently access the most trusted content in science.

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