Open Access Archives - ACS Axial | ACS Publications
Search
Close

Looking Ahead: The Future of Open Access

This post is part of a five-part series published in celebration of International Open Access Week 2022. We encourage you to explore the entire series below, which offers valuable insights and resources in support of advancing transparency and inclusion in the scientific community through open access.

OPEN ACCESS WEEK 2022 BLOG SERIES
Celebrate Open Access Week 2022 with ACS Publications
Fostering a Climate of Open Science
Open Access Copyright and Licensing: A Guide for Authors
The Journey to Open Access: Past and Present
Looking Ahead: The Future of Open Access

The OSTP Memo: Shaking Up the Open Access Landscape in the US 

On August 25, 2022, the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) released a statement requiring US federal funding agencies to put plans in place that will ensure immediate public access to all research, including published articles and all underlying research data. The memo encouraged funding agencies to begin adjusting their policies immediately, with implementation in place by or before the end of 2025. 

The impact of the OSTP Memo is still somewhat unclear, and it remains to be seen exactly how this will affect funders, researchers, and publishers in chemistry and its related fields – particularly as the Senate Committee for Science, Space, and Technology has requested clarification on several key points from the OSTP’s new Director, Dr. Arati Prabhakar. While there have been no formal policy responses yet, many researchers are funded by organizations such as the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy, and agencies’ responses are likely to mark a considerable change in how US-based researchers publish their work.  

“The announcement from OSTP represents a significant change in policy direction,” James Milne, president of ACS Publications, states in a recent Chemical & Engineering News article. “As such, we are evaluating the details of the guidance and accompanying economic analysis to determine the potential impact on both our publishing activities and on US researchers directly.”

Register for Today’s Webinar, “The OSTP Memo and its Impact on Chemistry” 

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT / 16:00 PM – 17:00 PM BST 
Co-Sponsored by the ACS Division of Chemical Information 

This session brings together diverse viewpoints to discuss how the OSTP memo, the ensuing funder mandates, and publishers’ responses will shape the future of chemistry publishing. If you haven’t done so already, register below to attend or receive a free recording of the webinar. 

To keep you up to date on the latest Open Science news and policies, we will be updating information regularly on the ACS Open Science Resource Center as and when additional funder mandates are announced.  

Register Now

OPEN ACCESS WEEK 2022 BLOG SERIES
Celebrate Open Access Week 2022 with ACS Publications
Fostering a Climate of Open Science
Open Access Copyright and Licensing: A Guide for Authors
The Journey to Open Access: Past and Present
Looking Ahead: The Future of Open Access

The Journey to Open Access: Past and Present

This post is part of a five-part series published in celebration of International Open Access Week 2022. We encourage you to explore the entire series below, which offers valuable insights and resources in support of advancing transparency and inclusion in the scientific community through open access.

OPEN ACCESS WEEK 2022 BLOG SERIES
Celebrate Open Access Week 2022 with ACS Publications
Fostering a Climate of Open Science
Open Access Copyright and Licensing: A Guide for Authors
The Journey to Open Access: Past and Present
Looking Ahead: The Future of Open Access

Defining Open Access: The Early Years 

The term “open access” (OA) has been around for more than two decades, but the movement to make scientific research more openly and publicly available began well before it even had a name. 

With the rise of the internet in the 1990s, communicating and sharing knowledge with others around the world became easier than ever. Early repositories such as arXiv.org enabled researchers to post and archive their own research prior to official publication, setting the groundwork for modern-day preprint servers.  

It wasn’t until the early 2000s, with the release of the Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI) in 2002, that “open access” emerged as the defining term for scholarly research that is openly available online, accessible to everyone, and unrestricted by paywalls or financial barriers. 

OA—both the term and the movement—quickly began gaining traction internationally, and it was further expanded upon in 2003 with the publication of both the Bethesda Statement on Open Access Publishing and the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities. These two statements, along with the BOAI, helped form what philosopher and OA pioneer Peter Suber first referred to as the “BBB Definition” of open access. 

A Growing Movement 

ACS Central Science - Inaugural Cover

The OA movement continued to develop throughout the 2010s, with the launch of many policies, campaigns, initiatives, and journals in support of making scholarly research freely and publicly available online. In 2015, ACS launched its first fully OA journal—ACS Central Science—with an infinity symbol on its inaugural cover to represent “no limits to the reach of chemistry and no barriers to access for interested readers and authors.”  

Then, in 2018, a group of funders across Europe (known as cOAlition S) caused a tremendous stir in the scientific publishing world by launching Plan S—an initiative stating that by 2021, all researchers funded by these agencies will be required to publish in fully OA journals, making their research openly available with a broad CC BY license immediately upon publication. To better align with Plan S requirements, ACS Publications worked with cOAlition S to award its full portfolio of subscription journals with Transformative Journal status. This now allows researchers funded by Plan S participants to have more flexibility in choosing where to publish within the ACS journal portfolio.  

Today’s Global Open Access Landscape 

Although the OA movement is widely regarded on a global scale, its implementation has varied quite a bit around the world.  

Since the launch of Plan S, Europe has remained a leader in its mandate-driven support for OA. With the implementation of Horizon Europealongside an approved research and innovation budget of almost €100 billion for 2021-2027—the European Union has now become one of the biggest OA funders in the world.  

North America is less driven by widespread, regional mandates, but rather by various discipline-specific funder mandates such as those established by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  These approaches are likely to evolve in the near future with the issuance of the recent OSTP “Nelson Memo,” Ensuring Free, Immediate, and Equitable Access to Federally Funded Research; this sets out recommendations around public access to research outputs and scientific data that are applicable to all federal research funders’ own public access policies. 

The primary drivers for OA in Latin America have been academic institutions and government organizations rather than commercial publishers. Currently, there is a priority for Green OA, in which the author publishes in a subscription-based journal and places a copy of their work in an institutional or discipline-based repository (known as “self-archiving”). 

China and India currently lead the way in OA publishing for Asian countries, but the movement in Asia overall has been slower than that of Europe or the United States. OA mandates are not as common, and many researchers are still uninformed of the various OA policies and licensing options—more widespread OA resources, as well as additional government funding, may be required to move the needle forward.  

How ACS Supports Open Access Publishing for All 

As more and more authors are being required by their countries or institutions to publish in OA journals, one of the biggest challenges is the rising cost of Article Processing Charges (APCs). Many researchers, particularly those in developing countries and low-income settings, cannot afford the APCs required to publish in an OA journal.  

ACS Publications is fully committed to making OA publishing an opportunity available to everyone, regardless of institution, country, or policy. Read below to learn more about the ways in which we help authors navigate OA requirements and ensure they have the means to publish OA in any of our journals: 

Read + Publish Agreements
Also known as “transformative agreements,” these are agreements in which an institution pays to receive full access to all articles in ACS journals as well as APC credits that allow researchers to publish OA across the entire ACS journal portfolio. Read + Publish Agreements eliminate the burden of cost for the author while satisfying funder requirements and making the research globally available. 

ACS Transformative Journals
All of ACS Publications’ hybrid journals now qualify as Plan S-compliant transformative journals, and many funders will fully cover the publication costs associated with publishing OA in these journals. This support will be offered until 31 December 2024.   

Country Discount & Waiver Policy
ACS provides discounts and full waivers to corresponding authors from qualifying low- and lower-middle-income countries.  

Interested in learning more about how ACS Publications can help you navigate the open access landscape and easily get your work published in our journals? Visit our all-new Open Science Resource Center to get started on your OA journey. 

Visit the New Open Science Resource Center

Take Your Next Steps Towards Open Science

Take the Open Access Survey

Open Access Copyright and Licensing: A Guide for Authors

This post is part of a five-part series published in celebration of International Open Access Week 2022. We encourage you to explore the entire series below, which offers valuable insights and resources in support of advancing transparency and inclusion in the scientific community through open access.

OPEN ACCESS WEEK 2022 BLOG SERIES
Celebrate Open Access Week 2022 with ACS Publications
Fostering a Climate of Open Science
Open Access Copyright and Licensing: A Guide for Authors
The Journey to Open Access: Past and Present
Looking Ahead: The Future of Open Access

Which Licensing Option is Right for You? 

As global support for open access publishing continues to grow, it is more important than ever as an author to understand the options for protecting your published work and determining the extent to which others may use, share, or build upon your research.  

When publishing open access in an ACS journal, you will sign a Journal Publishing Agreement upon acceptance of your manuscript. As part of this process you’ll have the choice of two Creative Commons (CC) licenses—CC-BY or CC-BY-NC-ND—which will allow you to share your work publicly while still maintaining copyright. Below is an overview of each licensing option to help determine which is best for you. 

CC BY: Attribution 

CC BY Licensing Option

CC BY is the less restrictive of the two licensing options offered by ACS Publications. Under a CC BY license, others can share, modify, and expand upon your work, both for commercial and non-commercial purposes. Even so—and this is where the “BY” comes into play—others must attribute you as the original author and creator of the published work. 
 

CC BY-NC-ND: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 

CC BY-NC-ND Licensing Option

The CC BY-NC-ND licensing option contains more limitations: others are permitted to share your work, but they can only do so for non-commercial use (NC) and they cannot modify or expand upon the work in any way (ND). As with CC BY, others are required to credit you as the original author.  

If you are unsure which licensing option to choose, it is best to start by confirming any licensing requirements already established by your research funder. You can also easily check this on the ACS Journal Finder by indicating your funder and/or institution in the search tool.  

To learn more about licensing options, visit the Creative Commons website.   

Additional Resources 

How to Publish Open Access with ACS

ACS Read + Publish Agreements

Open Access Pricing

Fostering a Climate of Open Science

This post is part of a five-part series published in celebration of International Open Access Week 2022. We encourage you to explore the entire series below, which offers valuable insights and resources in support of advancing transparency and inclusion in the scientific community through open access.

OPEN ACCESS WEEK 2022 BLOG SERIES
Celebrate Open Access Week 2022 with ACS Publications
Fostering a Climate of Open Science
Open Access Copyright and Licensing: A Guide for Authors
The Journey to Open Access: Past and Present
Looking Ahead: The Future of Open Access

Open Access vs. Open Science—What’s the Difference?

“Open access” and “Open Science” are terms frequently used in the scientific and scholarly publishing communities, but they are not the same. Open access refers to the process of making research articles openly and freely available for anyone who wants to access them. However, it is just one piece of the Open Science puzzle.

Open Science describes a broad, collective movement with a goal of increasing transparency and access across all components of the research process beyond the traditional article—including open peer review, data repositories, scholarly communication, and much more. Open Science champions a globally inclusive landscape built on collaboration across academic fields and among researchers around the world.

ACS Publications is at the forefront of initiatives, products, and services supporting open access and the broader, ever-evolving Open Science landscape. Read below to learn more about our commitment to Open Science and the various resources available for our community.

ChemRxiv: Celebrating Five Years of Preprints

ChemRxiv: Celebrating Five Years of Preprints

Launched in 2017, ChemRxiv serves as the primary preprint server for the global chemistry community. By allowing authors to share initial versions of their manuscripts online prior to formal peer review, ChemRxiv supports the Open Science goals of global collaboration and advancing scientific progress through the timely sharing of research.

Now in its fifth year, ChemRxiv is home to more than 14,000 unique preprints across all fields of chemistry, which have generated nearly 38 million views and downloads.

SciMeetings: Global Visibility Beyond the Conference

SciMeetings: Global Visibility Beyond the Conference

SciMeetings is an ACS platform that helps researchers easily and openly share their work presented at conferences and events. SciMeetings is an invaluable tool that offers worldwide visibility for conference posters and presentations, extending reach and impact beyond that of a typical week-long scientific meeting. All published items receive a DOI, enabling them to be easily cited by others. 

More than 273,000 research items have been uploaded to SciMeetings since its launch in 2020, and the platform continues to grow and support researchers in alignment with Open Science goals.

Toward Greater Transparency in Peer Review

Toward Greater Transparency in Peer Review

Peer review is an essential step in the publishing process, but it has traditionally existed as a confidential exchange between authors and reviewers. To support our commitment to Open Science objectives, ACS Publications launched a transparent peer review pilot in ACS Central Science and The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters in 2021, providing authors with the option to make their peer review correspondence publicly available (while still maintaining reviewer anonymity).

Transparent peer review allows readers and emerging researchers to gain a better understanding of an article’s journey through the peer review process, and it also upholds research integrity by instilling a higher level of accountability for authors, reviewers, and editors. To date, the transparent peer review pilot has resulted in more than 250 published papers with publicly available peer review correspondence.  

Taking Data Sharing to a New Level

Taking Data Sharing to a New Level

Around the same time as the 2021 transparent peer review pilot launch, ACS Publications also announced a new Research Data Policy aimed at establishing open data sharing as the eventual norm across all journals. At the initial Level 1 of this four-level policy, authors are strongly encouraged to make the data associated with their research openly available for ease of analysis, comparison, and even reproducibility by others in the field.

One year later, three journals decided it was time to level up. in September 2022, ACS Publications launched a new Data Availability Statement pilot for The Journal of Organic ChemistryOrganic Letters, and ACS Organic & Inorganic Au. These journals now fall under Level 2 of the Research Data Policy, which requires authors to submit a statement describing the availability status of all supporting data associated with the article’s results. Although still in its early days, this new pilot has great potential to lead more journals into further supporting Open Science through the public visibility and sharing of research data.    

Our commitment to Open Science is ever-growing. If you are interested in learning more about how ACS Publications supports the Open Science movement, visit our all-new Open Science Resource Center to find out how you can take the next step toward making science more accessible for all.

Visit the New Open Science Resource Center

Take Your Next Steps Towards Open Science

Take the Open Access Survey

Celebrate Open Access Week 2022 with ACS Publications

This post is part of a five-part series published in celebration of International Open Access Week 2022. We encourage you to explore the entire series below, which offers valuable insights and resources in support of advancing transparency and inclusion in the scientific community through open access.

OPEN ACCESS WEEK 2022 BLOG SERIES
Celebrate Open Access Week 2022 with ACS Publications
Fostering a Climate of Open Science
Open Access Copyright and Licensing: A Guide for Authors
The Journey to Open Access: Past and Present
Looking Ahead: The Future of Open Access

Visit the All-New ACS Publications Open Science Resource Center

ACS Publications is a long-time supporter of, and leader in, open access. Our commitment to the open science movement is reflected across our author-focused open access programs, ACS Read + Publish Agreements, and a wealth of resources available for authors and administrators to understand and navigate the ever-evolving open access landscape.

Visit our Open Science Resource Center (now with a new look!) to learn more about our dedication to open access and explore resources including:

ACS Transformative Journals
Read + Publish Agreements
ACS Open Science Programs
Open Science Policies

Visit the New Open Science Resource Center

Take Your Next Steps Towards Open Science

Take the Open Access Survey

Open Access Week 2022 Webinar Series

This week-long webinar series brings together researchers, funders, institutions, librarians, publishers, and open access advocates. Participants will learn about the latest developments in open access publishing from speakers at every stage in the academic publishing community.

It’s not too late to sign up! Registrants will be able to access all webinar recordings. An overview of the agenda is provided below.

Register Now

MONDAY, OCTOBER 24
Mythbusting Open Access in the Chemical Sciences
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM EDT / 15:00 PM – 16:00 PM BST

The Role of Institutions in Fostering a Climate of Open Science
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT / 16:00 PM – 17:00 PM BST 

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25
Copyright for Researchers
12:00 PM – 13:00 PM EDT / 17:00 PM – 18:00 PM BST

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27
Open Access for Early Career Researchers
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM EDT / 12:00 PM – 13:00 PM BST

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28
Preprints in Chemistry – Now and Next
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM EDT / 15:00 PM – 16:00 PM BST

The OSTP ‘Nelson’ Memo and its Impact on Chemistry
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT / 16:00 PM – 17:00 PM BST

ACS Survey Shows Changing Attitudes Towards Open Access Publishing

Each year, ACS conducts a survey of its authors, readers, and reviewers to gauge their attitudes towards open access (OA), and to gather feedback on their experiences. In 2021, this survey ran between July and August and gathered over 1,400 responses from around the world, with subsequent focus groups at the 2022 ACS Spring Meeting providing additional context for many of the points raised in the survey.

Recent years have seen a steady growth of researchers publishing their work in open access journals. This is driven by a mix of factors including the desire for greater visibility, a personal agreement with the principles behind the OA movement, and institutional and/or research funder requirements. In many cases, these expectations are backed up by initiatives such as Read + Publish Agreements, and survey respondents feel that this kind of institutional support will be instrumental in continuing the growth of OA in the chemical sciences.

The survey also showed that more than two-thirds of respondents believe that publishing open access will be important within the next five years, with a preference for publishing in journals that include a mix of subscription-based and open access content in order to reach the best audience for their work. These ‘hybrid’ titles include ACS’ portfolio of more than 60 transformative journals, with their commitment to publishing an increasing proportion of open access content with the goal of eventually transitioning to 100% open access.

A free report is available discussing some of the survey’s findings in greater detail – visit the ACS Open Science website for more information.

 DOWNLOAD FREE REPORT

3 Reasons to Direct Transfer Your Manuscript from bioRxiv to an ACS Journal

The Editors and staff at ACS Publications, a nonprofit publisher and division of the American Chemical Society, are proud to announce that 12 of the peer-reviewed journals in our biological portfolio are accepting direct transfers of manuscripts and metadata from bioRxiv as of Monday, June 6, 2022.

If you already publish your findings in our journals, we hope this will make that process even easier for you! If you haven’t published in an ACS biological journal recently—or ever—we bet you’ve read one of our articles on PubMed Central or Google Scholar, and hope you’ll read on to learn more.

 

3 Reasons to Publish Your Biological Paper in an ACS Publications Journal

1. ACS Publications is a nonprofit society publisher and a division of the American Chemical Society.

ACS Publications is an experienced publisher with a focus on serving researchers and the scientific community. We do this by:

  • Enlisting practicing researchers from prominent institutions around the world to serve as Editors-in-Chief and other members of our journals’ editorial teams.
  • Employing a high-quality peer-review process developed over more than 140 years of publishing respected scholarly journals.
  • Expediting manuscript processing to deliver decisions and get papers published as quickly as possible.

 

2. ACS has more than 60 years of experience publishing high-quality biological journals.

ACS expanded our engagement with the global community of scientific researchers more than a half century ago. Now we have more than a dozen core biological journals as well as more than 20 multidisciplinary journals and those focused on branches of chemistry that also publish articles about biological research.

 

3. ACS offers authors a variety of publishing options.

Authors who publish with ACS can choose to publish in a hybrid, Plan S-compliant Transformative Journal or in a fully open access journal.

  • Most ACS journals are Transformative Journals, which offer a choice of publishing under the traditional subscription model or under the newer open access model:
    • It’s free to submit and free to publish in an ACS Transformative Journal under the traditional subscription model. That means no author charges, page charges, processing charges or color charges.
    • Once an article is accepted for publication in an ACS Transformative Journal, authors who want to make their article open access—or are required to by their funders—can do so by paying an article publishing charge (APC).
  • ACS also has 12 fully open access journals, including ACS Bio & Med Chem Au, which serves the biological research community. Publishing in these journals also requires paying an APC after article acceptance.

 

Get to Know ACS Publications’ Biological Journals

The 12 journals listed below began accepting direct transfers of manuscripts and metadata from bioRxiv on Monday, June 6, 2022. Read on to learn more about these journals or visit pubs.acs.org to learn about all the full portfolio of ACS journals.

Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
In publication since 1959
Findings on the relationship between molecular structure and biological activity or mode of action in drug discovery and development.
Impact Factor 2021: 8.039 | Citations 2021: 92,468| CiteScore 2021: 11.5
If you have questions about this journal, please send them to jmc@jmedchem.acs.org.

Biochemistry
In publication since 1962.
Exceptional, rigorous, high-impact interdisciplinary research articles across all of biological chemistry.
Impact Factor 2021: 3.321 | Citations 2021: 76,644| CiteScore 2021: 6.2
If you have questions about this journal, please send them to eic@biochem.acs.org.

Journal of Natural Products
In publication since 1979
Reports on natural products related to the chemistry or biochemistry of naturally occurring compounds or the biology of their living systems and environments.
Impact Factor 2021: 4.803 | Citations 2021: 34,341| CiteScore 2021: 7.1
If you have questions about this journal, please send them to proteau-office@jnp.org.

Bioconjugate Chemistry
In publication since 1990
Research articles on all aspects of bioconjugates, including the preparation, properties and applications of biomolecular conjugates.
Impact Factor 2021: 6.069 | Citations 2021: 19,624| CiteScore 2021: 9.4
If you have questions about this journal, please send them to eic@bioconj.acs.org.

Molecular Pharmaceutics
In publication since 2004
Findings that contribute to the molecular mechanistic understanding of drug delivery and drug delivery systems.
Impact Factor 2021: 5.364 | Citations 2021: 24,761| CiteScore 2021: 9.2
If you have questions about this journal, please send them to taylor-office@mp.acs.org.

ACS Chemical Biology
In publication since 2006
Reports of research on cellular processes using in vitro, cellular or whole organism studies at the chemical and biological interface.
Impact Factor 2021: 4.634 | Citations 2021: 17,285| CiteScore 2021: 8.6
If you have questions about this journal, please send them to ed-office@chembio.acs.org.

ACS Chemical Neuroscience
In publication since 2010
Chemical, quantitative biological, biophysical, and bioengineering research reports on the nervous system and neurological disorders.
Impact Factor 2021: 5.780 | Citations 2021: 12,168| CiteScore 2021: 7.7
If you have questions about this journal, please send them to eic@chemneuro.acs.org.

ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters
In publication since 2010
New findings in drug discovery, compound design and optimization, biological evaluation, drug delivery, imaging agents, and pharmacology.
Impact Factor 2021: 4.632 | Citations 2021: 9,499| CiteScore 2021: 6.6
If you have questions about this journal, please send them to eic@medchemlett.acs.org.

ACS Synthetic Biology
In publication since 2012
Reports on integrative, molecular approaches to the understanding of the organization and function of cells, tissues, and organisms in systems.
Impact Factor 2021: 5.249 | Citations 2021: 9,413| CiteScore 2021: 8.3
If you have questions about this journal, please send them to eic@synthbiol.acs.org.

ACS Infectious Diseases
In publication since 2015
Highlights the role of chemistry in the multidisciplinary and collaborative field of infectious diseases.
Impact Factor 2021: 5.578 | Citations 2021: 5,660| CiteScore 2021: 7.7
If you have questions about this journal, please send them to eic@id.acs.org.

ACS Pharmacology & Translational Science
In publication since 2018
A biomedical journal reporting advances across the molecular and biological sciences—from basic and preclinical studies to clinical trials.
If you have questions about this journal, please send them to eic@ptsci.acs.org.

ACS Bio & Med Chem Au
In publication since 2021
Biological and medicinal chemistry covering the chemical, physical, biological, mechanistic, and structural basis of biological function.
If you have questions about this journal, please send them to booker-office@biomedchemau.acs.org.

Get the latest articles from these journals direct to your inbox—sign up for ACS e-Alerts!

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.

ACS Transformative Journals: another way for Plan S funded authors to publish with ACS

Many researchers whose work is funded by a Plan S signatory now have greater choice in where to publish, as ACS’ subscription journals have recently been awarded Transformative Journal status by cOAlition S – reinforcing our commitment to widening availability of cutting-edge research articles in chemistry and related sciences.

Plan S is an initiative supported by many research funders worldwide, with the goal of accelerating the uptake of open access. Researchers whose work is funded by a Plan S signatory are required to make their research papers publicly available with a broad CC BY reuse license immediately upon publication.

Most Plan S funders have agreed to support costs for their researchers who publish in open access journals, providing these are ‘gold’ OA journals which immediately make research papers freely available to readers, ‘hybrid’ subscription and open access journals that are included in transformational agreements such as ACS Read + Publish Agreements, or Transformative Journals – publications that have committed to becoming fully open access in the future, with clear annual targets for growing the proportion of open articles they publish. Any researcher whose funder’s open access policy is fully aligned with Plan S including the Transformative Journal component can now choose to publish in their preferred ACS journal, and receive funder support until 31 December 2024.

“ACS is committed to furthering sustainable open access in the chemical sciences while also giving authors the greatest amount of choice possible,” said Sybille Geisenheyner, Director of Open Access Strategy and Licensing for ACS Publications. “Transformative Journals put open access within reach for thousands more authors, ensuring a greater proportion of the literature is free for everyone to read and reuse.”

More information is available on the ACS Open Science website.

Visit ACS Open Science website

ACS Publications and ChronosHub Launch ACS Journal Finder

ACS Publications has a long history of supporting the open science movement. As part of that commitment, we’ve ensured that every one of ACS Publications’ peer-reviewed journals includes open access publishing options. As more funders and research institutions encourage researchers to publish their work via an open access license, authors must be able to meet funder or institutional requirements. That’s why ACS Publications has partnered with ChronosHub to launch the new ACS Journal Finder website.

As the open access space evolves, different authors may have different publication needs. This site is one of the ways ACS Publications supports our authors and customers in making an easy transition to open access publishing. The ACS Journal Finder offers a simplified user experience that will help authors check all ACS Publications journals for compliance with a wide variety of institutional and funder open access mandates.

The site also makes it easy to see if an institution has a transformative agreement in place with ACS Publications. These agreements allow affiliated researchers to publish their work in an ACS Publications journal at no additional cost to themselves. To date, ACS has partnered with hundreds of institutions in more than 22 countries around the world, with new agreements added regularly.

ACS Journal Finder also allows authors to filter journals by a variety of criteria, including:

  • 15 different scientific subject areas, including chemistry, chemicals engineering, materials science, and more
  • Citations databases where a journal is indexed, such as SCOPUS, Web of Science, and DOAJ
  • Open access license type offered
  • Journal open access type
  • Article processing charge
  • Manuscript embargo length

The new site is free to use and will be updated regularly with the latest information on journal licenses, funder requirements, and transformative agreements.

Visit ACS Journal Finder.