Steps for authors required to publish open access or who want to expand exposure to their research

For authors NOT covered under a Read + Publish Agreement

For authors NOT covered under a Read + Publish Agreement or not funded by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation or by the Austrian Science Foundation:


Once your article has been accepted, you will receive an email from ACS asking if you need an open-access license. To publish open access, select the “click here” link in the email. The link will take you to a “Pay Author Charges” screen.


At the “Pay Author Charges” screen, use the pull-down menu to select options for your ACS AuthorChoice open-access license. Select when you need the article to be published, either immediately or in 12 months. Select whether or not to add a Creative Commons License. Choose either “Decline Option,” “CC-BY” (available for a fee), or “CC-BY-NC-ND” (available at no extra cost upon request). Select “Apply Discounts.”


Add discounts if you are an ACS member. You may also add discounts if you are affiliated with an institution that subscribes to ACS All Publications. Select “Apply Discounts” when finished.


Verify the payment due, then select “Payment Options,” and log in to Copyright Clearance Center (CCC). If you are not registered with CCC, you will need to create a new account and sign in. Your registration form is pre-filled with metadata from your publisher. ACS collaborates with RightsLink® from Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) to manage payment of open access and other article publication charges on behalf of ACS.


If you already have a RightsLink account, log in with your RightsLink username and password. Note: The RightsLink login is different from your ACS member ID/account. If you do not have a RightsLink account, please click the “Need to register?” option in the upper right to create an account and log in.


Verify the customer location and, if applicable, enter a VAT ID number.

Select a payment method (credit card or invoice). Select “Next” to proceed. Verify that the information contained in the order is correct. Proceed by clicking the “Place Order” button. You are done! You will receive an email confirming your order has been placed. The published article will indicate “ACS AuthorChoice license” to let readers know it is open access.