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Open Access

Details of the ACS Agreement

January 2023, Davidson College entered into a Read & Publish agreement with American Chemical Society to participate in the ACS opportunity for authors at participating Primarily Undergraduate Institutions (those which do not offer advanced degrees in the sciences) to publish their research in any ACS journal completely free of charge under a Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 open access license.

Under this agreement, corresponding authors at Davidson College can publish in ACS journals without cost and with the convenience of automatically meeting most funders’ open access publication requirements. Authors that are collaborating with researchers from another organization should confirm that they will act as the submitting corresponding author to qualify for this program.

Please reach out to Kelly Denzer,, Collections Strategist and Discovery Librarian if you have any questions

Why Publish Open Access with ACS

Make your research articles immediately and freely accessible in any ACS journal.

ACS is the world’s leading publisher of original chemistry research articles, known and trusted by chemists worldwide. Our range of open access options helps you reach the widest possible audience when you choose to publish in an ACS journal.

This ACS-sponsored Read + Publish Agreement helps institutions sustainably support the transition to open science by growing the amount of work their researchers can publish open access while also maintaining full access to ACS subscription content. This flexible approach allows institutions of all sizes to actively participate in the open science movement.

Author Instructions

For Authors: Five easy steps to free open access publishing with ACS

  1. Submit your article to the ACS journal of your choice, making sure you are the submitting corresponding author.
  2. Ensure your institution affiliation is correct on your profile in the ACS Paragon Plus submission system.
  3. When your manuscript has been accepted for publication, you will be automatically prompted with the option to publish open access under the ACS Sponsored Read & Publish agreement.
  4. Confirm that “Yes, I wish to publish open access as per the agreement” and complete the Journal Publishing Agreement.
  5. Your article will be made immediately available as open access upon publication under a Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 license. There are no charges to pay and no further action required by either you or your institution.

Visit our open access page for researchers to learn more about publishing open with ACS.

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