The Publications Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS) and the Universities of The Netherlands (UNL) consortium have renewed their partnership to advance open access publishing. This signals their continued commitment to the principles of open science in a “read and publish” agreement, which is set to last for the next four years.
A read and publish agreement helps speed the transition to open science by making it easier for authors to publish open access. Universities are a key partner in this transition, and a read and publish agreement allows these institutions to retain access to subscription articles while using their subscription budget to support authors’ open access licenses. This arrangement has benefited both UNL’s researchers and the global chemistry community: In the past five years, UNL’s researchers have published hundreds of open access articles in ACS journals. This renewal agreement will enable all articles published by UNL’s researchers to be available open access in any of ACS’ more than 60 hybrid journals.
Read and publish agreements such as this are only one element of ACS’ multifaceted commitment to open science. Putting the researcher at the center of its programming, ACS has worked to ensure that authors’ needs are met through its open science initiatives. Through its journal publish agreement wizard released last year, authors are provided with a streamlined system, easing open-access license selection and workflows. The recently launched ACS Journal Finder also helps researchers select the right journal in which to publish their research articles and identifies institutional support for open access publishing.Click here to read the original press release.