(12 Nov 2019) The American Chemical Society (ACS), Publications Division, and the Hungarian Electronic Information Service National Programme (EISZ) today announced a transformative open access pilot agreement that enables corresponding authors affiliated at the seven consortium member institutions to publish journal articles under an open access license in any of ACS’ more than 60 premier journals. Member institutions will also continue to benefit from full-text access to ACS’ highly respected journal portfolio and Chemical & Engineering News.
“Chemistry is at the forefront of the Hungarian research landscape, and the journals published by the American Chemical Society represent some of the highest-quality in the field,” remarked Katalin Urbán, director of EISZ. “Therefore, we are especially happy to sign the first consortium-level agreement with ACS, one which not only provides users with access to content, but also allows for articles published by Hungarian authors to be accessed throughout the world, without any limitations.”
Under this new agreement, open access publication is dramatically simplified for Hungarian authors. They will no longer need to arrange direct payment of open access publication fees. Instead, their publishing costs are covered by the “read and publish” arrangement between ACS and EISZ. Moreover, this new relationship integrates open access licensing and approvals into the manuscript submission process. ACS will seamlessly process licensing transactions through novel eCommerce functionality implemented jointly with the Copyright Clearance Center. Currently, Hungarian researchers download over 100,000 articles each year from pubs.acs.org.
The partnership represents another milestone for ACS, as the publisher progressively develops its established and significant suite of open access publishing options and author services. “We are committed to supporting researchers in publishing open access in the journal of their choice, while ensuring the quality, reliability and preservation of the scholarly record,” says James Milne, Ph.D., acting president, ACS Publications. “This agreement with the Hungarian Electronic Information Service National Programme ensures their world-class researchers can publish in any ACS journal, knowing their research will benefit from being among the ‘most-cited, most-trusted and most-read’ scientific publications worldwide.”
ACS has signed open access agreements in six countries offering a blend of publishing options to 150 institutions worldwide, including Germany’s Max Planck Institutes, the U.K.’s JISC consortia and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the U.S. ACS has experimented with researcher-centric programs for many years — programs that have been designed to stimulate participation in open access publication with its global community of authors, researchers and members. Beyond this new partnership, ACS Publications offers a range of flexible choices by which authors can publish open access: https://publish.acs.org/publish. Through these various options, authors have published more than 25,000 open access articles within ACS journals.
The press release is here.