Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium (SCELC)

United States

Do I qualify?

If you are associated with with a member institution of the Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium (SCELC) and are a submitting corresponding author, you have may choose to publish your research in any ACS journal under an open access license at a significantly discounted price, with the opportunity for the article processing charges to be paid by your funder or institution.

Institution Name
Azusa Pacific University
Boise State University
California Institute of Technology
California Lutheran University
Chapman University
City of Hope National Medical Center
Claremont College
Hawaii Pacific University
La Sierra University
Loma Linda University
Loyola Marymount University
Mount Saint Mary's University
Occidental College
Pepperdine University
Point Loma Nazarene University
Saint Mary's College of California
Santa Clara University
Soka University of America
University of Redlands
University of San Diego
University of San Francisco
University of Southern California
University of the Pacific
Westmont College

How Do I Get Support?

  1. During Submission via ACS Paragon Plus, as a corresponding author, select your institution from a drop-down box 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 then press the ‘Order Open Access’ button.
  4. You will be taken to Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) RightsLink®, ACS’ open access e-commerce partner for open access transactions. This process will prompt you to select whether you wish to pay for open access with a reduced price using grant funding or whether you wish to seek funding through your institution.
    If you are paying the APC using other funding, choose “Bill Me” and the APC discounted price will be automatically applied at checkout.
    If you are requesting funding from your institution, choose “Seek Funding” and select the reason you are not able to pay the APC.
  5. You may choose to publish under a CC-BY or CC-BY-NC-ND license. You can find out more about the checkout process here.


Your final published article will automatically be deposited to US Pub Med Central.

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 a simple 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.