USA: Research American Chemical Society, Max Planck Institutes Collaborate to Develop Open Access Plan

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Under the agreement, both the institutes will work towards developing open science and improving convenience for the MPG researcher and author community. The transformative agreement also aims to provide researchers affiliated with Max Planck institutes, the opportunity to disseminate 100 per cent of their research articles upon acceptance.

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The agreement is a notable development in open access publishing for ACS, as well as for the Max Planck Society’s own transition strategy.
The agreement is a notable development in open access publishing for ACS, as well as for the Max Planck Society’s own transition strategy.
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Washington/USA – The Publications Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS) and the Max Planck Gesellschaft (MPG) recently announced a collaborative open access strategic partnership. Under the deal, ACS and MPG will advance shared goals for open science and enhance convenience for the MPG researcher and author community.

Effective from 2019, the four-year transformative agreement provides researchers affiliated with Max Planck institutes, the opportunity to disseminate 100 per cent of their research articles upon acceptance and on being published by a peer-reviewed ACS journal. MPG researchers also benefit from full reader access to all ACS Publications journals and Chemical & Engineering News.

Of particular importance under the new agreement is that individual authors from any of the Max Planck institutes will no longer need to arrange direct payment of open access publication fees. Instead, their publishing costs will be supported through the ‘read and publish’ arrangement between ACS and the Max Planck Digital Library (MPDL). The processing of licensing transactions is being handled seamlessly with the ACS through the novel eCommerce functionality which it has implemented jointly with the Copyright Clearance Center.

The agreement is a notable development in open access publishing for ACS, as well as for the Max Planck Society’s own transition strategy. “ACS is among the most-relevant publishers for Max Planck Society researchers; this new agreement is an exciting opportunity for our authors to achieve the greatest visibility possible by publishing their accepted articles open access within the ACS journals that they highly value,” says Gerard Meijer, Ph.D., director of the Max Planck Society’s Fritz Haber Institute in Berlin.

Ralf Schimmer, Ph.D., head of Information Provision at MPDL adds, “This is an exemplary illustration of how scholarly societies can partner with libraries to test new economic models that enable societies to continue their precious contributions to science while transitioning to a future-oriented model of scholarly communication. This new agreement with the ACS is another important milestone in our broader open access transformation strategy and enables the MPDL to convert former subscription expenditures into funds that, instead, support open access publishing, in line with the Open Access 2020 Initiative.”

The partnership represents a significant milestone as ACS 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., senior vice president, Journals Publishing Group at ACS Publications. “This agreement with the Max Planck Society ensures their world-class researchers can publish in any ACS journal, knowing that their research will benefit from being among the ‘most-cited, most-trusted and most-read’ scientific publications worldwide.”

For a number of years, ACS Publications has been actively engaged in developing researcher-centric arrangements with institutions and funders to sponsor article publishing charges on behalf of authors. Through these various options, authors have published more than 20,000 open access articles within ACS journals during the past five years.

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