The Publications Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS) and the Louisiana State University (LSU) today announced a transformative open access agreement. The agreement provides researchers at LSU with full access to ACS journals and allows for financial support for corresponding authors at the university to publish under an open access license in any of ACS’ more than 60 premier journals throughout 2020.
ACS partnered with LSU to create a sustainable open access agreement in order to help the renowned institution accelerate the pace of open access publishing by its researchers. Through this agreement, an author’s article publication charge is completely covered by the read and publish agreement. Authors at LSU will also be able to publish under the most liberal of open access licenses, “CC BY,” and benefit from a seamless online workflow solution created jointly by ACS and the Copyright Clearance Center.
“The read and publish agreement with Louisiana State University is the first such agreement between ACS and a North American research institution and is a milestone in our commitment to advancing open access research globally,” says James Milne, Ph.D., president, ACS Publications Division. “ACS is dedicated to supporting researchers, and this read and publish agreement is the latest in a series of partnerships that enable authors to focus on research by removing the financial and logistical barriers to publication.”
In the last year, ACS has responded to growing global interest in open access agreements and, to date, has partnered with 10 countries and more than 150 institutions worldwide, including Germany’s Max Planck Institutes, the U.K.’s JISC consortia and the Austrian Academic Library Consortium. ACS continues to provide researcher-centric solutions — programs that have been designed to stimulate participation in open access publication with its global community of authors, researchers and members. Beyond this new partnership, ACS offers a range of flexible choices by which authors can publish open access. Through these various options, authors have published more than 25,000 open access articles within ACS journals.
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