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 hybrid / transformative journal under a CC BY open access license with your institution’s support.

Institution name
Cooperativa de Ensino Superior Politecnico e Universitario, CRL
Egas Moniz Cooperativa de Ensino Superior, CRL
Funacao Champalimaud
Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciencia
Instituto Nacional de Saude Doutor Ricardo Jorge (INSA)
Instituto Politecnico de Castelo Branco
Instituto Politecnico de Viana do Castelo (IPVC)
Instituto Politecnico de Beja (IPBeja)
Instituto Politecnico de Braganca (IPB)
Instituto Politecnico de Coimbra
Instituto Politecnico de Leira
Instituto Politecnico de Lisboa
Instituto Politecnico de Portalegre
Instituto Politecnico do Porto
Instituto Politecnico de Santarem
Instituto Politecnico de Setubal (IPS)
Instituto Politecnico de Viseu (IPV)
International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL)
Laboratorio Nacional de Engenharia Civil (LNEC)
Laboratorio Nacional de Energia e Geologia (LNEG)
Military University Institute (IUM)
RAIZ instituto de Investigacao da Floresta e Papel
RECET Associacao dos Centros Tecnologicos de Portugal
Universidade Autonoma de Lisboa
Universidade Catolica Portuguesa
Universidade da Beira Interior (UBI)
Universidade do Algarve
Universidade Europeia
Universidade Lusiada
Universidade Lusofona
Universidade NOVA de Lisboa
Universidade de Aveiro
Universidade da Madeira
Universidade de Coimbra
Universidade de Evora
Universidade de Lisboa (ULisboa)
Universidade de Tras-os-Montes e Alto Douro (UTAD)
Universidade do Minho
Universidade do Porto
Universidade dos Acores
Universidade Fernando Pessoa
Universidade Portucalense Infante D. Henrique (UPT)

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.