Plan S Compliance

ACS and Plan S Compliance

Many ACS authors receive funding from one or more members of cOAlition S. These authors may be required to publish their work immediately open access under a CC BY license. ACS offers a wide range of options enabling our authors to comply with these requirements through publication in a fully open access journal or our family of more than 60 transformative journals. In addition, an author’s institution may have signed an ACS Transformative Agreement that provides funding for open access publishing.

Publishing in compliance with Plan S requirements

The most straightforward way to comply with the requirements of Plan S is through gold open access publication in fully open access journal under a CC BY license. This makes the published version of record immediately accessible and usable in a variety of ways. Many institutions or funders ensure that their researchers’ open access publication fees are covered. Authors can use the ACS Journal Finder to identify the best options for their work. The Journal Finder also highlights if an author benefits from an ACS Transformative Agreement.

Plan S Rights Retention Strategy

In all ACS journals, a gold open access option exists. On this basis, ACS authors can comply with cOAlition S requirements by publishing gold OA under a CC BY license. This makes the published version of record is immediately accessible, which is the preferred mechanism for cOAlition S members. For authors selecting the subscription publication route, our standard self-archiving policies apply, including an embargo period of 12 months.

The Journal Publishing Agreement authors sign to publish with ACS allows for retention of copyright when publishing under a CC BY license.

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