American Chemical Society and Jisc partner in OA deal

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The Publications Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS) and the Jisc consortium have announced a landmark transitional agreement that will serve researchers in the UK across all fields of chemistry.

The three-year agreement, which will last until 2024, provides the ability for all scientific articles published by researchers at UK universities and research institutes in ACS journals to be open access (OA) at no cost to the researcher.

Anna Vernon, Jisc’s head of portfolio, content licensing, said: 'We are pleased to have reached an agreement with ACS that will enable UK researchers to access and publish OA in all ACS’ journals. This new agreement extends OA publishing opportunities to more institutions, authors and publications and will enable U.K. researchers to share their findings more easily, aiding collaboration and accelerating new discoveries in chemistry and beyond.”

James Milne, PhD, president, ACS publications division, added: 'We are delighted to partner with Jisc in this transformative agreement. Scientists in the UK are performing world-class research and regularly publish their best work in ACS journals. This agreement will help them to easily and effectively communicate their discoveries to the global chemistry community in a way that is aligned to both funder and institutional requirements.'

Over the past several years, ACS has expanded its read-and-publish program significantly as it supports researchers in the transition to an OA future. Researchers at more than 400 institutions in more than 20 countries are covered under a read-and-publish agreement, resulting in a rapid growth of OA articles published by the society. ACS says it is committed to continuously innovating new open science solutions to serve its growing author and reader community.

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