Helmholtz Consortium


Do I Qualify?

If you are associated with a participating institution of the Helmholtz Consortium 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 with your institution’s support.

Institution name
Alfred Wegener Institut (AWI)
German Electron Synchrotron (DESY)
German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ)
German Aerospace Center (DLR)
German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE)
Research Center Julich (FZJ)
GEOMAR Helmholtz Center
German Research Center for Geosciences (GFZ)
Helmholtz Center for Heavy Ion Research (GSI)
Helmholtz Zentrum Hereon
Helmholtz Centre Munich (HMGU)
Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie (HZB)
Helmholtz Center Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR)
Helmholtz Center for Infection Research (HZI)
Max Delbruck Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC)
Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research (UFZ)

How Do I Get Support?

  1. During Submission via ACS Paragon Plus, as a corresponding author, select your institution from the drop-down listand use your affiliated institution’s email address.
  2. Check that your 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.
  4. Your institution will be alerted of your request. 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.