ACS-Sponsored Open Access Publishing for PUIs

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If you are associated with any of the Primarily Undergraduate Institutions (PUIs) listed below and are the submitting corresponding author, you may have the opportunity to publish your research in any ACS journal under a CC BY open access license free of charge. This is available for the duration of your institution’s subscription to the ACS All Publications Package. Learn how to publish your next paper OA.

All PUIs qualify to participate in this program. Don’t see your institution? Ask your librarian or your department chair to contact us. Even if your organization does not qualify as a PUI, we can review options for open access publishing support at your institution.

How do I publish?

Step 1

Submit your article to the ACS journal of your choice, making sure you are the submitting corresponding author.

Step 2

Ensure your institution affiliation is correct on your profile in the ACS Paragon Plus submission system.

Step 3

When your manuscript has been accepted for publication, you will be automatically prompted with the option to publish open access under the ACS Sponsored Read & Publish agreement.

Step 4

Confirm that “Yes, I wish to publish open access as per the agreement” is checked, and complete the Journal Publishing Agreement.

JPA confirmation

Step 5

Your article will be made immediately available as open access upon publication under a Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 license. There are no charges to pay and no further action required by either you or your institution.

Video demonstration

This demo video shows you how to navigate the Journal Publishing Agreement assistant and publish your research open access under your institutional open access agreement:

Automatic article deposit in PubMed Central

Authors who elect to publish open access will automatically have their final published article sent for deposit in PubMed Central. Authors publishing open access under this agreement are also free to deposit the version of record in their institutional and/or research funder’s designated open access repository.

Immediate public access to research

Some research funders, including all federal funding agencies in the United States, require authors to make a version of their research article available in a public open access repository immediately upon publication.

You may see this referred to as ‘zero-embargo green open access’.

If you receive any type of funding from a US federal agency such as the Department of Energy or National Institutes of Health, or any other funding organization with a zero-embargo green open access policy, then your funder may require you to make a version of your manuscript available in an open access repository immediately upon publication. You will need to check the terms of your grant, and/or communicate with your grant officer, to confirm if such a policy applies to your work.

Publishing open access through your institution’s read and publish agreement is compliant with these mandates. ACS Publications will automatically submit the version of record of your article to PubMed Central, and you and your co-authors are free to post it to any other repository or service required by your funder(s). Combined with public access to your research data, this will ensure compliance with any applicable zero-embargo green open access policy.

For authors who do not already benefit from a read and publish agreement, ACS Publications’ zero-embargo green open access option expands the choices beyond the free 12-month embargo route for those authors to comply with funder mandates by posting their accepted manuscript with a CC BY license to a repository immediately upon acceptance, following payment of an article development charge (ADC).

List of qualifying institutions

  • Appalachian State University
  • Asbury University
  • Augustana University
  • Ave Maria University
  • Bard College
  • Bates College
  • Belmont University
  • Berea College
  • Black Hills State University
  • Bowdoin College
  • Bradley University
  • Bridgewater State University
  • Butler University
  • Carleton College
  • Cedar Crest College
  • Central College
  • Central Connecticut State University
  • Central Washington University
  • Centre College
  • Chicago State University
  • Claflin University
  • Colby College
  • Colgate University
  • College of Charleston
  • College of New Jersey
  • College of St. Scholastica
  • College of St. Benedict & St. John’s University
  • College of the Holy Cross
  • Connecticut College
  • Davidson College
  • Depauw University
  • Dominican University
  • Dordt College
  • Drake University
  • Drury University
  • Earlham College
  • Eastern Illinois University
  • Eastern Kentucky University
  • Eastern New Mexico University
  • Eckerd College
  • Elizabeth City State University
  • Elmhurst University
  • Elon University
  • Erskine College & Theological Seminary
  • Fayetteville State University
  • Florida Gulf Coast University
  • Florida Southern College
  • Fort Hays University
  • Francis Marion University
  • Furman University
  • Gonzaga University
  • Governors State University
  • Grand Rapids Community College
  • Grinnell College
  • Hamilton College
  • Hanover College
  • Harper College
  • High Point University
  • Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  • Houghton University
  • Illinois College
  • Illinois Wesleyan University
  • Indiana Wesleyan University
  • Indiana University Northwest
  • Iona University
  • Keene State College
  • Lindenwood University
  • McDaniel College
  • McNeese State University
  • Metropolitan State University
  • Missouri State University
  • Monmouth College
  • Mount Holyoke College
  • Nevada State College
  • New Mexico Highlands University
  • Niagara University
  • Northeastern State University
  • Northern Kentucky University
  • Northwest Missouri State University
  • Oakwood University
  • Olivet Nazarene University
  • Ouachita Baptist University
  • Pacific Lutheran University
  • Providence College
  • Reed College
  • Rhode Island College
  • Rhodes College
  • Rockhurst University
  • Roger Williams University
  • Rollins College
  • Saint Catherine University
  • Saint Cloud University
  • Saint Lawrence University
  • Saint Martin’s University
  • Saint Olaf College
  • Salem State University
  • Seattle University
  • Shippensburg University
  • Siena College
  • Skidmore College
  • Smith College
  • Southeast Missouri State University
  • Southeastern Oklahoma State University
  • Southern Adventist University
  • Southern Alberta Institute of Technology
  • Southern Arkansas University
  • Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville
  • Southern Nazarene University
  • State University of New York at Old Westbury
  • State University of New York at Plattsburgh
  • Stetson University
  • SUNY Brockport
  • Thomas More University
  • Transylvania University
  • Trinity College
  • Truman State University
  • Union College, New York
  • Union University
  • University of Arkansas Fort Smith
  • University of Central Oklahoma
  • University of Charleston
  • University of Evansville
  • University of Minnesota Duluth
  • University of Minnesota Morris
  • University of Montevallo
  • University of New Haven
  • University of North Alabama
  • University of North Carolina at Asheville
  • University of North Florida
  • University of Pikeville
  • University of Portland
  • University of South Carolina Aiken
  • University of South Carolina Upstate
  • University of Tampa
  • University of Tennessee Martin
  • University of the Cumberlands
  • University of the South
  • University of West Florida
  • University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire
  • University of Wisconsin – GreenBay
  • University of Wisconsin – La Crosse
  • University of Wisconsin – Marinette
  • University of Wisconsin – OshKosh
  • University of Wisconsin – Parkside
  • University of Wisconsin – Platteville
  • University of Wisconsin – River Falls
  • University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point
  • University of Wisconsin – Stout
  • University of Wisconsin – Superior
  • University of Wisconsin – Washington County
  • University of Wisconsin – Whitewater
  • US Air Force Academy
  • US Coast Guard Academy
  • US Military Academy
  • US Naval Academy
  • Utah Valley University
  • Utica University
  • Valparaiso University
  • Vassar College
  • Wabash College
  • Washburn University
  • Webster University
  • Wellesley College
  • West Virginia State University
  • Western Carolina University
  • Western Connecticut State University
  • Western Kentucky University
  • Western Washington University
  • Wheaton College Illinois
  • Wheaton College Massachusetts
  • Whitman College
  • Whitworth University
  • Williamette University
  • William Jewell College
  • Williams College
  • Winston Salem State University
  • Winthrop University
  • Wofford College
  • Xavier University of Louisiana