American Chemical Society signs ‘read and publish’ agreement with Bibsam Consortium in Sweden

Published February 20, 2020

WASHINGTON, Feb. 20, 2020 — The Publications Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS) and the Bibsam Consortium in Sweden today announced a transformative open access agreement that supports publishing for authors affiliated at 21 academic member institutions, including universities, university colleges and government-funded research institutions. Under the three-year agreement, authors will receive full article publishing charge support to publish journal articles under an open access license in any of ACS’ more than 60 premier journals.

“We are happy to work together with ACS to give more Swedish researchers the opportunity to publish their research open access in ACS journals without additional costs to the author. This new agreement is a step in the right direction in the transition to open science,” says Wilhelm Widmark, head of Stockholm University library and vice chair of the Bibsam Consortium steering committee.

Over the course of the agreement, there is the potential to make 100% of articles published by authors in the consortium open access in ACS journals. Swedish authors will benefit from a streamlined workflow solution that simplifies the open access licensing and approvals process. ACS will seamlessly process licensing transactions through novel eCommerce functionality implemented jointly with the Copyright Clearance Center.

“We are excited by the new partnership with Bibsam, as this agreement allows world-class researchers in Sweden the ability to publish open access in any ACS journal, knowing their research will benefit from being among the most-cited, most-trusted and most-read scientific publications worldwide,” says James Milne, Ph.D., president, ACS Publications Division.

ACS has signed open access agreements in eight countries offering a blend of publishing options to over 150 institutions worldwide, including Germany’s Max Planck Institutes and the U.K.’s JISC consortia. ACS is committed to open access agreements that help institutions accelerate open access publication in the global community of authors and researchers. Beyond this new partnership, ACS Publications offers a range of flexible choices by which authors can publish open access. Through these various options, authors have published more than 25,000 open access articles within ACS journals.

The Bibsam Consortium is operated by the National Library of Sweden. It was formed in 1996 and has 85 active participating institutions, including universities, university colleges and government-funded research institutions. Representatives from the participating organizations form the Bibsam steering committee, which works on strategic issues and policies regarding e-licensing in general and negotiations in particular.

The American Chemical Society (ACS) is a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. ACS’ mission is to advance the broader chemistry enterprise and its practitioners for the benefit of Earth and its people. The Society is a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related information and research through its multiple research solutions, peer-reviewed journals, scientific conferences, eBooks and weekly news periodical Chemical & Engineering News. ACS journals are among the most cited, most trusted and most read within the scientific literature; however, ACS itself does not conduct chemical research. As a specialist in scientific information solutions (including SciFinder® and STN®), its CAS division powers global research, discovery and innovation. ACS’ main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.

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