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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 (an ACS Read + Publish Agreement).

ACS ensures that metadata and links to ACS journal articles appear in the most important scholarly and general search platforms, including Chemical Abstracts Service, with links for researchers to obtain the authoritative version of the article.

ACS is a founding member of Get Full Text Research (GetFTR), a free to use solution that enables faster access for researchers to the published journal articles they need while working on- and off-campus. Learn more about GetFTR.

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, corresponding authors are emailed a link that provides for up to 50 free e-prints of the final published article during the first 12 months following online publication. The link can be posted on the author’s website or sent via e-mail from the author to interested colleagues. The link provides access to both the full text HTML and PDF. Those users who already have subscription access privileges obtain seamless IP-based access, and their accesses do not count against the 50 free e-prints allowance. ACS Articles on Request allows an author’s article to be accessed without restriction on the ACS Publications website 12 months after web production.

ACS authors at many universities can make their research open either by paying an article publishing charge on their own or through an institutionally sponsored ACS Read + Publish Agreement. Note that authors also have substantial scholarly rights to post versions of their articles even if they are publishing through the traditional subscription model.

ACS open access gives you the flexibility to choose options including:

  • Public use licenses such as the ACS AuthorChoice license, an open access license that provides unrestricted access to the final published article (the version of record) limiting commercial reuse; or
  • Creative Commons licenses CC BY and CC BY-NC-ND;
  • Making your article open access immediately or choosing a 12-month embargoed  access for a reduced price (The lowest APC, under terms which still meet many funder guidelines)
  • The opportunity to receive discounts if you are an author at subscribing institutions, an ACS member, and/or a resident of certain countries.
  • The choice to have ACS submit the final published article for deposit to funder repositories.