OA Agreements Finalized with Royal Society of Chemistry, Frontiers

May 07, 2019 · Abbey Elder

The Iowa State University Library is pleased to announce a new read and publish agreement with the Royal Society of Chemistry. This agreement, only the third of its kind with RSC in the United States, follows a similar agreement arranged with the publisher De Gruyter last year.

Under this agreement, ISU corresponding authors can publish articles open access in Royal Society of Chemistry journals at no cost; furthermore, the Iowa State University Library will provide access for users to read all of the publisher’s journals. The agreement will run through 2019, and may be renewed again next year.

The Royal Society of Chemistry is a major leader in Chemistry research with over 175 years in business and over 50,000 members. By making it easier for ISU authors to publish their articles open access, the University Library hopes to further the university’s mission to “create, share, and apply knowledge to make Iowa and the world a better place.”

How does it work?

The process is automatic, on the condition that:

  • An ISU-affiliated author is listed as the corresponding author on the submitted article.
  • The Open Access option is selected for the article being published.1

In addition to the read and publish agreement with RSC, the library has also recently finalized an open access agreement with the publisher Frontiers. Similar to the one with RSC, the Frontiers OA agreement will cover 100% of ISU corresponding authors’ open access publishing fees.

If you have any questions about the University Library’s open access agreements, visit the Open Access Publishing webpage or contact Abbey Elder, Open Access & Scholarly Communication Librarian.

1To learn more about Read and Publish agreements and the process for publishing open access with RSC, visit their Read and Publish webpage.