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Do I qualify?

If you are affiliated with a participating institution and you 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 with your institution’s support.

Please note: if your research is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), your APC costs for publishing in ACS fully open access journals should be covered by SNSF, and you may be eligible for a significant discount when choosing to publish open access in ACS transformative journals.

Our systems will automatically route you to the appropriate agreement as you work through the publishing process. If you have any questions, please contact us.

Institution name
CERN: European Organization for Nuclear Research
École Polytechnic Fédérale de Lausanne
ETH Zurich
Haute École d'ingénierie et d'architecture de Fribourg
Lib4RI: Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag)
Lib4RI: Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa)
Lib4RI: Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI)
Lib4RI: Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL)
Medicines For Malaria Venture
University of Basel
University of Bern
Université de Fribourg
University of Geneva
Université de Neuchâtel
Università della Svizzera italiana
University of Zurich
Zurich University of Applied Sciences

How Do I Get Support?

  1. During Submission via ACS Paragon Plus, as a corresponding author, select your institution from a drop-down list and use your affiliated university email address.
  2. Check that your institution affiliation is stated in the body of the manuscript as the corresponding author’s affiliation.
  3. Complete the Journal Publishing Agreement to publish open access and retain copyright. Click on the “Order Open Access” link in the JPA tool to submit your open access funding request to your institution.
  4. Alternatively, you can enter your manuscript DOI on the ACS Research Sharing and Open Access page under the ACS Open Access Licenses And Programs section to submit the open access funding request.
  5. Your institution will be alerted of your open access funding request and, if the request is approved, your work will be published as ACS open access via a CC BY 4.0 license and made freely available on the ACS Publications website at no additional cost to you.


Your final published article will automatically be deposited to US Pub Med Central. Please note all contents published on US PubMed Central are mirrored on Europe PMC — nothing more is required on your part.

What are the Benefits of Institutionally Sponsored Open Access?

ACS Transformative Agreements, set up between ACS and an institution (or consortium), provide authors — and administrators — with the easiest process to publish open access, while maintaining authors’ full access to the ACS publications portfolio of journals and Chemical & Engineering News.

Hundreds of academic institutions around the world have now signed agreements with ACS, with new agreements being reached regularly. ACS Transformative Agreements are a sustainable approach to helping institutions accelerate the pace of open access publishing by their researchers. Other benefits include:

  • Accelerating the rate of open access publishing and removing administrative and APC barriers so authors can experience a seamless publishing experience
  • A more efficient workflow with automation – powered by a workflow program (CCC’s RightsLink) used by STM publishers, saving authors and administrators time.