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Open Access Policies

ACS Open Access Policy – The Scientific Record

ACS supports its journals, authors, and the scientific record in the following ways:

Researchers, faculty, and students at institutions worldwide enjoy access to articles published in ACS journals through traditional institutional subscriptions or through an institutionally sponsored open access agreement (the ACS Read + Publish).

Any non-subscriber may purchase access to an individual article of interest for a nominal fee or obtain access to an article free of charge on request via interlibrary loan.

Through the ACS Articles on Request program, any ACS author can e-mail or post a link on a personal or institutional Web site to direct readers to the published version of the final article on the ACS Web site, without a fee. Readers who do not have subscription access privileges enjoy seamless access readily via these author-directed links, with unlimited article downloads provided 12 months after article publication. ACS corresponding authors at many universities can make their research open either by paying an article publishing charge on their own or through an institutionally sponsored  Read + Publish Agreement.

ACS open access allows authors the flexibility to:

  • Choose immediate open access or 12-month embargoed open access or add a Creative Commons license
  • Take advantage of discounts for authors at subscribing institutions, ACS members, and for certain countries.
  • Have ACS submit the final published article for deposit to funder repositories.