Why did I receive an email upon acceptance of my manuscript with a link to Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service?

ACS has an arrangement with Copyright Clearance Center to manage the majority of open access charges. Authors select and make payments through Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. 

Is my institution an All-Publications subscribing institution?

To find out if your institutional affiliation qualifies you for an All-Publications subscribing institution discount, please go to http://www.acsopenaccess.org/affiliation-tool/ and enter your institutional name. 

What is gold open access versus green open access?

Gold open access refers to the open online availability of a final published article (the “Version of Record”) after the payment of article publishing charges by the author, funding agency, or other sponsor. Some funding agencies and legislatures require that authors publish Gold open access and under a Creative Commons … Continue reading “What is gold open access versus green open access?”

Why does ACS make authors pay extra for the Creative Commons license?

Currently Creative Commons licenses are only required by a small number of funding agencies and are by no means an industry standard.  The ACS AuthorChoice license is less restrictive than several flavors of Creative Commons licenses. However, since some Creative Commons licenses allow potentially competitive reuse and republication, ACS feels … Continue reading “Why does ACS make authors pay extra for the Creative Commons license?”

But isn’t the Creative Commons CC-BY license necessary to enable data mining of ACS articles?

No, all articles made publicly available through ACS AuthorChoice or ACS AuthorChoice+12 can be text and data mined for non-commercial purposes. In addition, articles made publicly available through our ACS AuthorChoice/ACS AuthorChoice+12 Creative Commons CC-BY option can also be text and data mined for commercial purposes. Articles not published under … Continue reading “But isn’t the Creative Commons CC-BY license necessary to enable data mining of ACS articles?”

Will open access affect the total citation and impact factor of the other ACS Publications?

A number of studies have tried to find a correlation between usage, impact factor, and open access; these vary in their assessment of the role of open access in driving either increased citations or on the journal impact factor. At the end of the day, ACS believes the most important … Continue reading “Will open access affect the total citation and impact factor of the other ACS Publications?”

Some of the information here conflicts with information found on the ACS Author and Reviewer Resource Center web site.

The ACS Author/Reviewer Resource Center has been updated recently to provide consistent information. Please send any questions to support@services.acs.org.

Will libraries see a reduction in their subscription fees as a result of these introductions?

Articles published under an ACS AuthorChoice license (including ACS Editors’ Choice and ACS Central Science) will not be included in metrics used by ACS for pricing institutional subscriptions.  Over time, this may indeed change the pricing tier applied to the institution or journal subscription. However, the biggest immediate benefit subscribers … Continue reading “Will libraries see a reduction in their subscription fees as a result of these introductions?”

Why isn’t ACS listed as an open access publisher on sites such as Sherpa/Romeo?

ACS Publications is working to update the information on these 3rd party sites to reflect these new programs.

What is a Creative Commons license? What is the difference between Creative Commons license flavors?

Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that offers and promotes several standardized licenses that define which rights copyright holders reserve and which they waive. They are typically referred to by a series of alphabet paired codes, such CC-BY, that act as a widely understood shorthand for the rights restrictions that … Continue reading “What is a Creative Commons license? What is the difference between Creative Commons license flavors?”