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How to Publish Open Access

For authors covered under an ACS Read + Publish Agreement

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ACS Read + Publish agreements make it easy for authors to request funding to support open access.
During submission, corresponding authors need to:

  • Submit using an affiliated university email extension address and select their institution from the drop-down in Paragon Plus.
  • Confirm that their institutional affiliation is stated in the body of the manuscript as the corresponding author’s affiliation.

If you are covered under an ACS Read + Publish agreement, and you are the submitting corresponding author, follow these steps:

STEP 1.

Once your article has been accepted, you will receive an email from ACS asking if you prefer or need an open access option. To publish open access, select the “click here” link in the email. The link will take you to RightsLink where you can request funding through your institution. Select the seek funding option.

STEP 2.

At the “Pay Author Charges” screen, select “Next” to start the 2-step process of accepting ACS Terms and Conditions and then submitting your order.

Note: You will need to log in with Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) to complete the process. 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 ACS. ACS collaborates with RightsLink® from CCC, which collects funding from your institution to pay open access and other article publication charges on behalf of the publisher.

STEP 3.

Select “Submit for Approval.” You will receive an email confirming your request. That’s it! Your steps to receive open access funding are complete.

STEP 4.

You will receive a confirmation email from CCC (no-reply@copyright.com) once your request is approved. The published article will indicate the selected public use license to let readers know it’s open access.

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