American Chemical Society announces the launch of JACS Au, a new fully open access journal

The Publications Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS) announces the launch of its newest open access journal, JACS Au. The journal (pronounced “JACS Gold”) represents a bold new step toward open science for the global chemistry community.

The fully open access journal will allow for the rapid dissemination of cutting-edge, high-impact research across the breadth of chemistry and all related areas intersecting with chemistry. JACS Au will be complementary to the Journal of the American Chemical Society(JACS), matching the exceptional editorial and publishing standards of this, the world’s most-cited chemistry publication. JACS Au will have a fully independent editorial team to identify the most-exciting, impactful and novel science from authors who require or desire to publish in a fully open access journal.

“We are beginning the decade with a groundbreaking commitment to open access and open science,” says James Milne, Ph.D., acting president, ACS Publications Division. “JACS Au will strengthen the Society’s position as the science publisher delivering the most-trusted, most-cited and most-read journals in the field, while also supporting the research community seeking to publish their work in a fully open access journal.”

Scholarly publishing has been moving toward open access for many years. Launching JACS Au is another example of ACS being at the forefront of this exciting era, and provides an opportunity for the Society to support the scientists and researchers who are required by Europe’s Plan S to publish only in completely open access journals. ACS offers these scientists many options to publish their research for the appropriate audiences, and JACS Au represents the latest in our work to advance open science.

In 2015, ACS established ACS Central Science, the Society’s first completely open access journal, followed by ACS Omega in 2016. Through 2019, ACS Publications signed a significant number of transformative “read and publish” agreements, through which thousands of articles are now being made open access across the entire ACS portfolio of world-class international journals.
JACS Au will open for submissions in the summer of 2020. Ahead of this, a global and diverse editorial team will be appointed. Further information on the editorial team and other details concerning the journal will follow.