ACS and Tulane University sign agreement to expand open access publishing

In one of the first partnerships of its kind in the U.S., the Publications Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS) and Tulane University in New Orleans have entered into a transformative “read and publish” agreement. The agreement, which lasts throughout 2021, will help to expand open access publishing by Tulane University’s researchers.

“This agreement brings significant benefits to Tulane University and demonstrates their leadership as open access continues to grow globally,” says Steve Hansen, director of sales for the Americas, ACS Publications. “Tulane’s researchers have a significant opportunity to expand the visibility of their scientific contributions.” 

Under the terms of the agreement, Tulane University will have the possibility of making all articles published in any of ACS’ more than 75 premier journals available open access, while maintaining access to ACS’ full catalog of journals. This partnership will additionally benefit any of the university’s researchers whose funders require them to publish open access.

“Transforming scholarly communications to encourage open access publishing in high-quality journals has been identified as an important research-related goal at Tulane. So, too, has been accomplishing this goal within more sustainable subscription pricing models. Read and publish models bring us closer to sustainability by combining subscription and open access article publication costs in a more neutral way that benefits the university as a whole,” says Andy Corrigan, the university’s associate dean of libraries and chief collections officer. “We are highly encouraged by this arrangement with ACS.”

Read and publish agreements such as this are one way that ACS supports the growing open science movement. To date, ACS has signed read and publish agreements with hundreds of institutions in many countries around the world, shepherding a new era for open access publications in chemistry.

“The researchers at Tulane University are making important contributions to the global chemistry community,” says James Milne, Ph.D., president, ACS Publications Division. “I’m glad this agreement will bring their work to an even larger audience.”