Which ACS journals are included in this Agreement?

The table below shows the ACS journals where your article publishing charge (APC) should be covered by your institution. Unless otherwise stated, this Agreement covers 100% of the APC.

Journal / Collection Included in Agreement?
ACS Central Science included ACS Central Science Diamond open access: Free to publish and read
ACS Omega included ACS Omega Tick   APC covered
ACS Au journals included ACS Au family (including JACS Au) Tick   APC covered
Other ACS fully open access journals Waivers may be available: see individual journals for information
ACS hybrid / transformative journals Tick   APC covered


Publish Open Access at No Cost

If you are associated with IReL 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.

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.

Participating Institutions

Institution Name
University College Cork
Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin
National University of Ireland, Galway
University College Dublin
Maynooth University, National University of Ireland
Dublin City University
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
University of Limerick
Technological University Dublin

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:


Automatic Article Deposit

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