Celebrating 5 Years of Open Access with ACS Omega | ACS Omega

“2020 marks the fifth year in which ACS Omega has published high-quality content that describes new findings in chemistry and interfacing areas of science, without any perceived evaluation of immediate impact. Since January, all front covers and much of our marketing material have included a badge commemorating this significant milestone.

For us—the Editors, the journal, and the staff at ACS Publications—time seems to have passed remarkably quickly since we first set out on this mission to provide a fully open-access platform to disseminate technically sound research that advances the frontiers of science through original ideas. The journal has come a long way since the first issue in volume 1 was released in July 2016, and the quality of the work published throughout this time has been consistently high. Starting with the publication of research articles only, we then added “Perspective” and “Mini-Review” manuscript types to allow exposure of recent trends in a wide variety of areas, thus broadening the scope and appeal of the journal. The year-on-year increase in submissions and published output reflects the progress the journal has made. ACS Omega has published over 7000 articles from researchers based in 98 different countries. We received our latest impact factor of 2.87 this summer and earned 10?646 citations in 2019 (Journal Citation Reports, Clarivate), another indicator of the progress the journal has made in a short space of time. We have our Editors (both past and present), our dedicated ACS staff, our reviewers, our authors, and our readership to thank for the vital contributions they have made to the success of the journal….”

American Chemical Society signs transformative open access agreement with Polish Academic Consortium | STM Publishing News

“The Publications Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS) is pleased to announce that it has signed a transformative “read and publish” agreement with the Polish Academic Consortium. The agreement, which lasts through 2022, will benefit 51 institutions across Poland and will enable hundreds of articles to be made open access each year.

Under the terms of this agreement, researchers at universities across Poland will be able to publish under the most liberal of open access licenses, CC-BY. They will also benefit from a highly streamlined process aligning their journal article to the article publication charges covered by this agreement. Researchers at participating institutions will also have access to the over 65 premier journals published by ACS….”

American Chemical Society signs transformative open access agreement with Polish Academic Consortium | STM Publishing News

“The Publications Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS) is pleased to announce that it has signed a transformative “read and publish” agreement with the Polish Academic Consortium. The agreement, which lasts through 2022, will benefit 51 institutions across Poland and will enable hundreds of articles to be made open access each year.

Under the terms of this agreement, researchers at universities across Poland will be able to publish under the most liberal of open access licenses, CC-BY. They will also benefit from a highly streamlined process aligning their journal article to the article publication charges covered by this agreement. Researchers at participating institutions will also have access to the over 65 premier journals published by ACS….”

ACS Publications announces new open science resource center – American Chemical Society

“In an ever-changing scholarly publishing environment, the American Chemical Society (ACS) Publications Division is deepening its commitment to open science and open access. Through a curated set of materials on its new open science resource center, ACS is leading the way for researchers to become active participants in this movement.

Researchers, librarians and administrators who visit this resource will find information on open science and open access publishing, will learn how to comply with funder requirements and will be able to search ACS’ open access agreements to find out if they are eligible to have article publishing charges (known as APCs) waived. These new tools will speed the transition to an open science future by effectively communicating how open access publishing works for ACS’ extensive community of authors….

James Milne, Ph.D., president, ACS Publications Division [said,] “We are committed to leading the open science movement.” …”

Encouraging Submission of FAIR Data at The Journal of Organic Chemistry and Organic Letters | The Journal of Organic Chemistry

“The ACS is eager to assist. ACS has now developed a data packaging tool to assist authors in zipping their FID files, acquisition data, and processing parameters along with other appropriate FAIR metadata such as a SMILES or InChI for submission. This tool can be found at ACS Research Data Center, is free for any researcher to use, and includes instructions for authors on how to upload their data. In addition, author guidelines at The Journal of Organic Chemistry and Organic Letters offer details on how to zip and submit your data (see Primary NMR Data Files under the Supporting Information heading). All zipped files of data should be uploaded as ‘Supporting Information for Publication’. Along with the zipped files of NMR data, original Elemental Analysis, HRMS, or IR reports are also encouraged and can be included as “Supporting Information for Publication’.

Including data alongside a publication has many benefits for authors, editors, reviewers, and readers. For authors, it will help in compliance with data-management plans and any funder requirements that data be made publicly available. The data will be citable and can be included in grant applications or updates to funders. Readily available data can provide a needed service to the community, much like reviewing, and will improve archiving for the long-term benefit of the scientific community. As an incentive, participating ACS publications identified with FAIR data will include a note in the PDF and HTML that FAIR data is available.

For editors and reviewers, it is valuable to have consistent quality of NMR and other data during the review process. While incidents of unethical behavior are rare, uploading original data can increase safeguarding against fraudulent or manipulated data. Providing data alongside a submission reduces requests from the editorial office for original FID data, for example, when the images uploaded in the SI are of inadequate resolution or appear to be manipulated.

For readers, access to primary data files allows for easy and direct comparison to published results. This is helpful when reproducing published work, specifically, to have the ability to evaluate compound purity, as well as zoom, integrate, and interact with the spectra….”

American Chemical Society joins other publishers in letter opposing administration’s changes to open access policy – American Chemical Society

“The American Chemical Society (ACS), as part of a coalition of 60 scientific societies, has issued a letter today expressing deep concern over changes proposed to the administration’s policy governing the open distribution of published journal articles containing federally funded research.If issued, these changes threaten the ability of the American scientific enterprise to remain a global leader in driving discovery and innovation.

Under the current policy, free and open distribution of journal articles containing work resulting from U.S. federally funded research is subject to a 12-month embargo. Under the proposed change, this embargo period would be removed, and the journal articles would need to be made freely available upon publishing.

“The proposed changes could result in unintended consequences that undermine the global scientific leadership of the U.S.,” says Glenn S. Ruskin, vice president, ACS External Affairs & Communications. “The proposed changes could also interfere with the efforts made by publishers to responsibly and transparently move toward greater open access of the research reported in their journals. We remain committed to working with all interested stakeholders to ensure the development of a robust and sustainable policy in this area.”

The full letter is available here….”

American Chemical Society joins other publishers in letter opposing administration’s changes to open access policy – American Chemical Society

“The American Chemical Society (ACS), as part of a coalition of 60 scientific societies, has issued a letter today expressing deep concern over changes proposed to the administration’s policy governing the open distribution of published journal articles containing federally funded research.If issued, these changes threaten the ability of the American scientific enterprise to remain a global leader in driving discovery and innovation.

Under the current policy, free and open distribution of journal articles containing work resulting from U.S. federally funded research is subject to a 12-month embargo. Under the proposed change, this embargo period would be removed, and the journal articles would need to be made freely available upon publishing.

“The proposed changes could result in unintended consequences that undermine the global scientific leadership of the U.S.,” says Glenn S. Ruskin, vice president, ACS External Affairs & Communications. “The proposed changes could also interfere with the efforts made by publishers to responsibly and transparently move toward greater open access of the research reported in their journals. We remain committed to working with all interested stakeholders to ensure the development of a robust and sustainable policy in this area.”

The full letter is available here….”

American Chemical Society and Max Planck institutes partner on transformative open access plan – American Chemical Society

The Publications Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS) and the Max Planck Gesellschaft (MPG) announced today a collaborative open access strategic partnership that will advance shared goals for open science and enhance convenience for the MPG researcher and author community. Effective from the outset of 2019, the four-year transformative agreement provides researchers affiliated with Max Planck institutes the opportunity to disseminate immediately, under an open access license, 100 percent of their research articles upon acceptance and publication by a peer-reviewed ACS journal. MPG researchers also benefit from full reader access to all ACS Publications journals and Chemical & Engineering News….”

American Chemical Society and Max Planck institutes partner on transformative open access plan – American Chemical Society

The Publications Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS) and the Max Planck Gesellschaft (MPG) announced today a collaborative open access strategic partnership that will advance shared goals for open science and enhance convenience for the MPG researcher and author community. Effective from the outset of 2019, the four-year transformative agreement provides researchers affiliated with Max Planck institutes the opportunity to disseminate immediately, under an open access license, 100 percent of their research articles upon acceptance and publication by a peer-reviewed ACS journal. MPG researchers also benefit from full reader access to all ACS Publications journals and Chemical & Engineering News….”

Where are we now?

“The results of publicly funded research must be freely available to all. By 2020, universities want to make all peer-reviewed articles by Dutch researchers open-access publications as standard. Following a request by the government, in 2013 the VSNU formulated a plan to achieve this goal.

‘The Dutch universities’ strategy is unique on the international stage,’ says Koen Becking, executive open-access negotiator for the VSNU and Executive Board President at Tilburg University. Together with Tim van der Hagen, Executive Board President at Delft University of Technology, and Anton Pijpers, Executive Board President at Utrecht University, he leads executive negotiations with the major publishing houses….

The Dutch approach is such a success because the universities have formed a single negotiating body and are supported by the government. In this regard, Becking refers to the government’s open-access policy, which was continued by the new government in 2017….”