ACS and Dutch universities aim for 100% open access
The American Chemical Society’s Publications Division (ACS) and VSNU, in its role representing Dutch universities and participating research institutions, have reached an agreement whereby open access publishing arrangements will be a part of the subscription licensing contract between the US-based professional society and the Dutch institutions. From 2017 onward, any new articles accepted for publication within ACS peer-reviewed journals that are submitted by a Corresponding Author affiliated with a Dutch university or other participating research institution will be published open access, without extra fees to the author.
“This is the first time that a US-based society publisher has opted to go 100% open access with VSNU’’, says Gerard Meijer, chief negotiator for the Dutch universities. “Both in terms of quality and quantity, ACS is a publishing giant in the field of chemistry. Similarly, Dutch universities are preeminent players across the chemical sciences. With this new agreement, we and the ACS are continuing to build upon our longstanding relationship, by playing a leadership role in advancing sustainable models of open access.”
The agreement means that ACS Publications has granted the request by the Dutch universities to cooperate with a concerted transition towards open access publishing. The 100% open access publishing agreement with ACS takes effect in January 2017. During the remainder of 2016, VSNU’s subscription-based access to all ACS journals content remains intact, and Dutch authors may continue to redeem any ACS Author Rewards vouchers already issued to them by ACS, which provide discounts for participation in the society’s current open access publishing options under its ACS AuthorChoice program.