ACS is committed to providing authors with OA publishing options that help them comply with the requirements of their institutions and funders – and satisfy their own OA needs. Learn all about how to publish OA with ACS in this new, interactive walkthrough.

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With our newly-introduced zero-embargo green open access (OA) route and our established gold OA path, authors now have more options to publish with ACS. By choosing the zero-embargo green OA option, authors can immediately post their editor-accepted manuscript with a CC BY license in an open repository. This enables anyone in the world to freely distribute, adapt, and build upon the work.

Click here for an interactive walkthrough of all our OA publishing options, including:

Gold via a Read and Publish
  • Immediate open access to version of record
  • Institution pays through their Read and Publish agreement with ACS
  • Free to author
Gold via an APC
  • Immediate open access to version of record
  • Funder, author’s institution, or author pays article publishing charge (APC)
Green with 12-month embargo
  • Subscription access to the version of record in an ACS hybrid journal
  • Institution pays subscription fee
  • Free to author
  • Editor-accepted manuscript can be posted after 12 months
Green with zero-embargo
  • Subscription access to the version of record in an ACS hybrid journal
  • Institution pays subscription fee
  • Funder, author’s institution, or author pays article development charge (ADC)
  • Immediate open access to editor-accepted manuscript

ACS Publications is working to help authors meet OA requirements. Our newest option, zero-embargo green OA, will likely not be needed by most authors (over 99%), but it provides an important path for those authors who need it and can’t take advantage of our other, more popular choices.

Interested in the full range of publishing options we offer? Click below.

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