Helmholtz Consortium


Publish Open Access at No Cost

If you are a researcher associated with one of the institutions below and are the submitting corresponding author, you will have the opportunity to publish your research in any ACS journal under a CC BY open access license with your institution’s support.

Access to All ACS Journals

In addition to open access publication benefits, participants in this special agreement will have full-text access to all current ACS Publications journal content.

Scroll down to find out how to publish open access at no cost under this agreement.

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)

I’m a Prospective Author, How do I Publish Open Access?

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

Check that your affiliation is stated in the body of the manuscript as the corresponding author’s affiliation.

Step 4

When your manuscript has been accepted for publication, you will be automatically prompted with the option to publish open access under your institution’s agreement.

Step 5

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

JPA confirmation

Step 6

Your institution will be alerted to your open access funding request. If the request is approved, 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:


Authors who elect to publish open access will automatically have their final published article deposited to PubMed Central. Please note all contents published on US PubMed Central are mirrored on Europe PMC — nothing more is required on your part.