As a researcher who is subject to policies and mandates of both funding bodies and institutions, you have more than one way to ensure your article published in an ACS journal is open and free to access by colleagues, researchers and scientists worldwide.
What are the Two Standard Types of Open Access?
Gold Open Access
Green Open Access
How to Publish Open Access Under an ACS Read + Publish Agreement
ACS Read + Publish Agreements assist authors and institutions with meeting their goals of widespread open access publication while ensuring researchers have full access to ACS journal content.
As a corresponding author eligible for sponsored open access under an ACS Read + Publish Agreement, during submission, you need to:
- Use an affiliated university email extension address and select its institution from the drop-down box.
- Confirm that the institutional affiliation stated in the body of the manuscript is the corresponding author’s affiliation.
In addition to these requirements, a corresponding author of an article published under an ACS Read + Publish Agreement should follow the following steps:
Once your article is accepted, you will receive an email requesting whether you require an open access option. To publish open access, select the “click here” link in the email. This link will take you to RightsLink,® which is a transactional service of Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) that allows authors to request APC funding from their respective institutions or funders. It is here that you can request funding through your institution. Select the “Seek Funding” option. CCC collects funding from your institution to pay open access and other article publishing charge(APCs) on behalf of ACS.
At the “Pay Author Charges” screen, select “Next” to start the 2-step process of accepting ACS’s Terms and Conditions and then submitting your order. Note: You will need to log in to 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 again. 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 publishing charges on behalf of the publisher.
Select “Submit for Approval”. You will receive a response from your administrator with a request for approval for funding. Note: Some ACS Read + Publish Agreements require that authors request funding within two weeks of receiving their acceptance email.
You will receive a confirmation email from CCC (email@example.com) once your request is approved. At this stage, your steps to receive open access funding is complete. You will receive an email from ACS when your article is made open. The published article will indicate the selected public use license to let readers know it’s open access.
How to Publish Open Access via an Author Funding (ACS AuthorChoice)
*For authors not covered under an ACS Read + Publish Agreement or not funded by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation or by the Austrian Science Foundation
Once your article is accepted for publication in an ACS journal, you will receive an email from ACS requesting whether you prefer or require an open access option. To publish open access, select the “click here” link in the email. The link will then take you to a “Pay Author Charges” screen.
Once you arrive at the “Pay Author Charges” screen, use the pull-down menu to select options for your ACS AuthorChoice open access. Select whether you would like the article to be published immediately or in 12 months. Select which of the two Creative Commons public use license you wish to apply. Choose either “Decline Option”, "CC-BY-NC-ND”or “CC-BY” (offered by ACS for a fee). Finally, select “Apply Discounts”.
If you are an ACS member, this is the step at which you can add your member discount. You may also add your institution here to see if you qualify for an affiliation discount based on your institution’s subscription to ACS Publications. Ask your institution’s administrator or librarian about your subscription type. Select “Apply Discounts” when finished.
Once you verify that payment is due, select “Payment Options” to log in to the Copyright Clearance Center (CCC). Note: You will need to log in to 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 again. Your registration form will then be pre-filled with metadata provided by ACS.
If you have a RightsLink account, log in with your RighstLink 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 “Need to register?” in the upper right to create an account.
Verify the customer location and, if applicable, enter a VAT ID number. Select a payment method (credit card or invoice). Select “Next” to verify that the information contained in the order is correct. Click the “Place Order” button. You are done! You will receive an email confirmation once your order is placed. Once payment is received, your published article will automatically display the “ACS AuthorChoice” label so that readers know it is open access and free to read.
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