ACS Sponsors Open Access Publishing for Authors at Qualifying Primarily Undergraduate Institutions

David Armstrong
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Learn more about how this initiative has helped increase open access equity at colleges and universities since its launch.

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In January 2023, ACS Publications launched a new program aimed at increasing Open Access (OA) equity at undergraduate colleges and universities. These “Primarily Undergraduate Institutions” (PUIs)—which do not offer advanced degrees in the chemical sciences—produce excellent research, but they often lack the resources and funding to make their outputs available as OA.

This ACS Sponsored Program for PUIs empowers corresponding authors affiliated with a participating PUI by automatically giving them the option to publish their research OA in any ACS journal—completely free of charge. This program was also carefully developed to so as not to create undue administrative overhead for library staff.

The program is available to any PUI that doesn’t offer graduate degrees in the sciences and that subscribes to the ACS All Publications Package. This offer lasts the duration of the institution’s subscription, with no limit on the number of research articles that can be published open access during that time.

The initiative was an overnight success: at the time of launch, more than 100 PUIs were automatically enrolled in the program, and this number has since grown to 176. Within the first six months of the program’s launch, more than 30 articles from 28 PUIs have been published OA across ACS Publications’ journal portfolio—with many more currently undergoing peer review.

Does Your Institution Participate?

This program helps institutions sustainably support the transition to open science by growing the amount of work authors at PUIs can publish completely free of charge under a Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 open access license. Publishing your work under this program also helps meet the public access requirements of many research funders.

Not yet enrolled? To find out if your organization qualifies, or to participate, please ask your librarian to contact their institutional sales representative or email

If you’re a librarian at a PUI that doesn’t yet participate and are interested in joining the program, please contact us. All PUIs qualify to participate in this program. Even if your organization does not qualify as a PUI, we can review options for open access publishing support at your institution.

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For Authors: Find My Institution

Find out if your institution currently participates—and learn how to get started on your journey to publishing your research for free in an ACS journal!

Read a selection of noteworthy articles recently published OA under the PUI program:

Determination of Stretching Frequencies by Isotopic Substitution Using Infrared Spectroscopy: An Upper-Level Undergraduate Experiment for an In-Person or Online Laboratory
Sarah E. Shaner* (Southeast Missouri State University) and Kari L. Stone* (Lewis University)
Journal of Chemical Education

Gas Chromatography–Mass Spectrometry Analysis of Cannabis: Undergraduate Organic Chemistry Laboratory Exercise
Hailey N. Lynch, Claire Chaz Authement, Autumn Maczko, Miranda Parker, Kaylan Beaty, and Anuradha Liyana Pathiranage* (Austin Peay State University)
Journal of Chemical Education

Nanoscale Characterization of Photocurrent and Photovoltage in Polycrystalline Solar Cells
Dongheon Ha* (Eastern Illinois University), Yohan Yoon* (National Institute of Standards and Technology), Ik Jae Park, Luis Torres Cantu, Aries Martinez, and Nikolai Zhitenev
The Journal of Physical Chemistry C

Binary Mixtures of n-Tridecane with n-Alkylcyclohexanes: Density, Viscosity, and Speed of Sound within the Temperature Range (288.15 to 333.15) K
Dianne Jeanne Luning Prak* (United States Naval Academy)
Journal of Chemical & Engineering Data

On the Behavior of the Ethylene Glycol Components of Polydisperse Polyethylene Glycol PEG200
Markus M. Hoffmann* (State University of New York College at Brockport), Matthew D. Too, Nathaniel A. Paddock, Robin Horstmann, Sebastian Kloth, Michael Vogel, and Gerd Buntkowsky* (Technical University Darmstadt)
The Journal of Physical Chemistry B

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