Publish your ACS articles Open Access for free!

Are you planning on publishing an article in an ACS journal? Did you know that you can choose to make your article Gold Open Access without paying a fee?

Gold Open Access means paying an article processing charge (APC) to make your work Open Access.

The benefits are that:

No need to pay an APC in ACS journals

As a member of the University of Kent you can choose to make articles published in any ACS journal Open Access without paying for an APC. The cost of up doing so is covered by an increased subscription charge for all ACS journals, paid for by the Library and covers up to 15 articles for the year.

To take advantage of this deal you need to

  • be a University of Kent staff member or research postgraduate
  • be the corresponding author
  • have an article accepted for publication after January 2019 when the agreement began

What you need to do

  1. When submitting your article, select the University of Kent as your institution. Use your Kent email address, not a private email address, so that ACS can identify you as eligible under the agreement.
  2. At acceptance you will receive an Open Access email with a link to their Copyright Clearance Center. Go to this webpage to ‘seek funding from your institution’ for your article.
  3. We will receive an email requesting approval for your article.


Make sure you understand the licence

When you publish Open Access with ACS journals you are doing so under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY). This CCBY lets others distribute and build upon your work, even commercially, but they must credit you for the original creation.

Additional page charges

Any other journal publication costs, such as charges for colour figures in print or oversized articles, are not covered and will be invoiced separately. The library will not pay for these so you will need to make alternative arrangements.

Not publishing in ACS?

If you are not publishing with ACS, you can still apply for an APC to make your article Open Access. You are eligible if you meet one of these criteria.

  • your research is highly rated by your School (equivalent to 3* or 4* in the last Research Excellence Framework) and the journal is an Open Access journal listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals.’

More details and how to apply

Other publisher agreements and discounts

The library also has offset agreements and institutional memberships with other publishers. They are all detailed on our APC pages along with the action you need to take.

And finally

  1. It is always a good idea to check that the publisher has actually made your article Open Access. The journal site should clearly state that the article is freely available. Try accessing the full text of the article off campus from a search engine.
  2. Add your publication to KAR and upload the full text. Use the Assisted Deposit Service to send us your article and we will add it to KAR for you

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