Virginia's Academic Library Consortium (VIVA)

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 included ACS Omega Tick APC covered
ACS Au journals included ACS Au family (including JACS Au) Tick APC covered
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 Tick APC covered


Publish open access at no cost

If you are a researcher associated with a participating member of VIVA (Virginia’s Academic Library Consortium) 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 if your school is a participating member and how to publish open access at no cost under this agreement.

Participating institutions

Institution NameInstitution NameInstitution NameInstitution Name
Appalachian College of PharmacyFerrum CollegeOld Dominion UniversityUniversity of Lynchburg
Appalachian School of LawGeorge Mason UniversityPatrick & Henry Community CollegeUniversity of Mary Washington
Averett UniversityGermanna Community CollegePaul D Camp Community CollegeUniversity of Richmond
Blue Ridge Community CollegeHampden-Sydney CollegePiedmont Virginia Community CollegeUniversity of Virginia
Bluefield CollegeHampton UniversityRadford UniversityUniversity of Virginia's College at Wise
Bridgewater CollegeHollins UniversityRandolph CollegeVirginia Commonwealth University
Brightpoint Community CollegeJ. Sargeant Reynolds Community CollegeRandolph-Macon CollegeVirginia Highlands Community College
Central Virginia Community CollegeJames Madison UniversityRappahannock Community CollegeVirginia Military Institute
Christendom CollegeLaurel Ridge Community CollegeRegent UniversityVirginia Peninsula Community College
Christopher Newport UniversityLiberty UniversityRichard Bland CollegeVirginia Polytechnic State University
College of William & MaryLongwood UniversityRoanoke CollegeVirginia State University
Danville Community CollegeMary Baldwin CollegeShenandoah UniversityVirginia Union University
Divine Mercy UniversityMarymount UniversitySouthern Virginia UniversityVirginia Wesleyan University
Eastern Mennonite UniversityMountain Empire Community CollegeSouthside Virginia Community CollegeVirginia Western Community College
Eastern Shore Community CollegeMountain Gateway Community CollegeSouthwest Virginia Community CollegeWashington and Lee University
Eastern Virginia Medical SchoolNew River Community CollegeSweet Briar College Wytheville Community College
Edward Via College of Osteopathic MedicineNorfolk State UniversityTidewater Community College
Emory & Henry CollegeNorthern Virginia Community CollegeUnion Presbyterian Seminary

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’s 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 retain copyright. Click on the ‘Order Open Access’ link in the JPA tool to submit the open access funding request.
  4. Alternatively, you can enter your manuscript DOI at under the ACS Open Access Licenses And Programs section to submit the open access funding request.
  5. Your institution will be alerted of your open access funding request and, if the request is approved, your work will be published as ACS open access via a CC BY 4.0 license and made freely available on the ACS Publications website at no additional cost to you.

Video demonstrations

Different institutions within your consortium have slightly different publishing workflows.

Our first demo video shows you how to navigate the Journal Publishing Agreement assistant and publish your research open access under an institutional open access agreement.

This second video shows you how to navigate the Journal Publishing Agreement assistant and publish your research open access under an institutional open access agreement with an added demo of the Copyright Clearance Center RightsLink® system.

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).