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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 ACS Central Science Diamond open access: Free to publish and read
ACS Omega ACS Omega Conditions apply   APC may be covered, or a discounted rate may be available – see below
ACS Au journals ACS Au family (including JACS Au) Conditions apply   APC may be covered, or a discounted rate may be available – see below
Other ACS fully open access journals Waivers may be available: see individual journals for information
ACS transformative journals Conditions apply   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 the University of California 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 Name
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
University of California Berkeley
University of California Davis
University of California Irvine
University of California Los Angeles
University of California Merced
University of California Riverside
University of California San Diego
University of California San Francisco
University of California Santa Barbara
University of California Santa Cruz

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).