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ACS Open Access Licensing Options

ACS Open Access Licensing Options

Authors can choose from different open access licenses for their article. These licenses specify how their research can be reused. The ACS Guide to Scholarly Communication lists the different open access licenses available while publishing open access. Creative Commons (CC) licenses, including CC BY, are today more commonly used for open access.

ACS open access gives you the flexibility to: 

Choose your license type from:

  •  ACS AuthorChoice license, a custom open access license that provides unrestricted access to the final published article (the version of record) limiting commercial reuse.
  • Creative Commons licenses, including CC BY and CC BY-NC-ND. Choose 12-month embargoed open access for a reduced price.
  • Take advantage of discounts for authors at subscribing institutions, ACS members, and for residents in certain countries.
  • Have ACS submit the final published article for deposit to funder repositories.

ACS has three fully open access journals, ACS Central Science, ACS Omega, and the newest journal, JACS Au.  In 2021, ACS will launch nine new ACS Au journals. Each new journal will publish research in specific areas of chemistry and will be fully open access. The suite of titles will be led by a new editor-in-chief and will collaborate closely with the established hybrid and open access publications across the ACS portfolio to maintain the high standards for which ACS journals are renowned. The titles will meet the publishing needs of researchers who choose to publish in fully open access journals or are required by their funders to publish in completely open access journals.

All articles published in JACS Au and the suite of nine ACS Au journals will be made open access via a CC-BY or CC-BY-NC-ND license.

For all ACS journals, Read + Publish programs may apply, where the ACS and an institution or country have reached an arrangement to make certain articles open access. Additionally, ACS has a similar program for funders, with direct pay arrangements with the Austrian Science Fund and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Where authors are not part of a Read and Publish Agreement or part of a Funder program, ACS provides an option for the author to pay using their funds, their institutional funds, or funds provided from a funder directly to the author for this purpose.