Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium (SCELC)

United States

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 may be included ACS Omega Check with university APC may be covered, or a discounted rate may be available – see below
ACS Au journals may be included ACS Au family (including JACS Au) Check with university APC may be covered, or a discounted rate may be available – see below
Artificial Photosynthesis
Chem & Bio Engineering
Chemical & Biomedical Imaging
Environment & Health
Precision Chemistry
Artificial Photosynthesis
Chem & Bio Engineering
Chemical & Biomedical Imaging
Environment & Health
Precision Chemistry
Waivers available: see individual journals for information
ACS hybrid / transformative journals Check with university APC may be covered, or a discounted rate may be available – see below


Publish open access at no, or significantly reduced, cost

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.


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 NameInstitution Name
Azusa Pacific UniversityOccidental College
Boise State UniversityPepperdine University
California Institute of TechnologyPoint Loma Nazarene University
California Lutheran UniversitySaint Mary's College of California
Chapman UniversitySanta Clara University
City of Hope National Medical CenterSoka University of America
Claremont CollegeUniversity of Redlands
Hawaii Pacific UniversityUniversity of San Diego
La Sierra UniversityUniversity of San Francisco
Loma Linda UniversityUniversity of Southern California
Loyola Marymount UniversityUniversity of the Pacific
Mount Saint Mary's UniversityWestmont College

I’m a prospective author, how do I publish open access?

  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.

Automatic article deposit in PubMed Central

Authors who elect to publish open access will automatically have their final published article sent for deposit in PubMed Central. 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, including all federal funding agencies in the United States, 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).