ScienceDirect pilot aims to improve research discovery and access

“Now, the American Chemical Society, the Royal Society of Chemistry, Taylor & Francis and Wiley will collaborate with ScienceDirect on a six-month pilot project to better understand how we can address these challenges.

During the pilot, researchers will be able to search and browse more than 70,000 articles in 35 journals from these participating publishers, alongside Elsevier’s content on ScienceDirect. The journals are all Organic Chemistry and Transportation titles, including most of the top journals in these fields. …”

Elsevier’s ScienceDirect as Content Supercontinent?  – The Scholarly Kitchen

“Earlier today Elsevier announced a pilot project in which the American Chemical Society, the Royal Society of Chemistry, Taylor & Francis, and Wiley will syndicate selected content to the ScienceDirect platform. The articles will appear in search and browse listings….

For purposes of the pilot, the display and access to full text will vary from the Elsevier content. Abstracts of the pilot content will be viewable on ScienceDirect. When the pilot content is open access, the text will be available on ScienceDirect; however, the user will be linked to the original publisher’s website for the formatted PDF. If the content is only available by subscription, users will be linked to the original publisher’s website with no display of full text on ScienceDirect. Users who are entitled to the subscription content, as determined on ScienceDirect through GetFTR functionality, will be linked directly to the full text on the original publisher’s website. …

In essence, this pilot reminds us that ScienceDirect is already a freely available discovery tool and a user of ScienceDirect gets all of the benefits of a subscription database, whether they are only able to access the open access publications on the platform or if their entitlements enable access to subscription Elsevier – and now other publisher – content as well. …”

2 ACS Publications Journals Announce Transparent Peer Review Pilot – ACS Axial

“ACS Publications is excited to announce a transparent peer review pilot in two of our journals, ACS Central Science and The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters.  This pilot program will provide increased transparency around the peer-review process,

What is Transparent Peer Review?

Transparent peer review allows the reader to see the exchange between authors and reviewers.

If the author chooses to participate in transparent peer review, the anonymous review comments and the author’s response to the reviewers’ comments will be published as supporting information and will be freely available alongside the article at online publication.

Transparent peer review maintains the anonymity of the reviewer unless otherwise requested by the reviewer….”

International Open Access Week and JACS Au | JACS Au

“As JACS Au publishes its 10th issue of its inaugural year during International Open Access Week—October 25–31, 2021—we can reflect on the role of the journal in the broader open access (OA) publishing landscape.

The role of JACS Au within the ACS Publications Gold OA portfolio is to provide a highly selective venue that covers the full breadth of topics encompassed by the array of 75+ ACS journals. In further defining our targeted portion of this broad scope, we seek to publish manuscripts representing the top 5–10% of publications appearing in ACS specialty journals. (1) Building on three core elements of all ACS publications—speed, rigor, and impact—we have created a unique, high impact OA journal. Whereas the time from paper submission to publication on the web often stretches to 20–30 weeks in high impact OA journals at other publishers, JACS Au offers the characteristic speed and efficiency of ACS Publications. (1) The combination of rapid peer review and publication with OA ensures JACS Au authors benefit from maximum accessibility and availability.

As we seek to become a leading OA journal in the chemical sciences, we embrace this year’s theme for Open Access Week: “It Matters How We Open Knowledge: Building Structural Equity”. This theme articulates the importance of equity in pursuing a future for scholarship of all types that is open by default, including scientific publishing. OA publishing allows for equitable participation for all producers and consumers of knowledge and helps ensure equal access among researchers from developed and developing countries….”

University of Iowa is latest institution to expand open access through innovative ‘read and publish’ agreement – American Chemical Society

“Researchers at the University of Iowa (UI) will soon be able to reach new audiences around the world, thanks to a transformative “read and publish” agreement with the Publications Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS).

Under a read and publish agreement, authors are eligible to receive financial support to publish under an open access license in any of ACS’ 12 “gold” open access journals, or in any of its over 65 premier hybrid journals. At the same time, their university maintains access to the complete suite of ACS Publications journals for researchers and students….”

Delhi HC Might Have Killed Intellectual Liberty

“In what may be a landmark case related to copyright law, Delhi HC ordered online article and book repositories Sci-Hub and Libgen to stop uploading material from thousands of journals controlled by Elsevier, Wiley India and American Chemical Society….”

ACS and Syracuse University sign transformative ‘read and publish’ agreement – American Chemical Society

“The Publications Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS) and Syracuse University (SU) are proud to announce that they are embarking on a transformative “read and publish” agreement, expanding the visibility of the university’s researchers’ scientific contributions. This commitment is a deepening of ACS’ commitment to open access publishing, a movement that it has pioneered through the launch of open access journals, open science initiatives, and the signing of read and publish agreements with hundreds of institutions in over 20 countries….”

A Tale of Two Societies


There are significant shifts in national patterns that can be associated with changes in funder policy and with the offerings of RSC and ACS
RSC took a significant lead in early open access provision for chemistry, particularly in the UK but has fallen back
National averages don’t tell the full picture. Specific institutions show very different and quite specific patterns. There are differential policy effects
Recent changes are strongly driven by read and publish agreements with substantial shifts in publisher choice corresponding to introduction of deals.
There is evidence of concentration of publishing in chemistry with two large publishers taking up an increasing percentage. Should we be concerned about diversity?”

Plan S Information – ACS Open Science

“From January 2021, there are some changes for ACS authors funded by certain members of?cOAlition S. You may be required to make sure that you publish your work immediately open access under a CC-BY license. ACS offers a wide range of options enabling our authors to comply with these requirements through?publication in a fully open access journal or a gold open access option in all our hybrid journals. In addition, your institution may have signed an ACS Read + Publish Agreement that provides funding for open access publishing. See below for more information regarding these changes.”


ACS Publications signs DORA – ACS Axial

“Effective February 2021, ACS Publications has signed the Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA). This demonstrates our commitment as a publisher and professional organization to support broader assessment of research output.

DORA recognizes the need to improve the ways in which the outputs of scholarly research are evaluated. The declaration was developed in 2012 during the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology in San Francisco. It has become a worldwide initiative covering all scholarly disciplines and all key stakeholders including funders, publishers, professional societies, institutions, and researchers. DORA’s vision is to advance practical and robust approaches to research assessment globally and across all scholarly disciplines….”

ACS and Tulane University sign agreement to expand open access publishing

“In one of the first partnerships of its kind in the U.S., the Publications Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS) and Tulane University in New Orleans have entered into a transformative “read and publish” agreement. The agreement, which lasts throughout 2021, will help to expand open access publishing by Tulane University’s researchers….”

ACS and Tulane University sign agreement to expand open access publishing

“In one of the first partnerships of its kind in the U.S., the Publications Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS) and Tulane University in New Orleans have entered into a transformative “read and publish” agreement. The agreement, which lasts throughout 2021, will help to expand open access publishing by Tulane University’s researchers….”

Assault on open access to science in India

“It was only a matter of time before the leading publishers of academic and scientific research turned their attention to India after their blocking the easy flow of knowledge in several Western countries. Now the big boys of scientific publishing, Elsevier, Wiley and American Chemical Society, have launched a similar case in the Delhi High Court asking internet service providers to block Sci-Hub and Libgen (Library Genesis) websites in India….”

Sci-Hub & Libgen Face ISP Blocking in India After Publishers File High Court Complaint * TorrentFreak

“A legal campaign by academic and scientific publishers to prevent Internet users from accessing Sci-Hub and Libgen has expanded to India. In a complaint filed at the High Court in Delhi, Elsevier, Wiley, and American Chemical Society, are demanding that local ISPs should block the sites to prevent copyright infringement.”

Sci-Hub: Scientists, Academics, Teachers & Students Protest Blocking Lawsuit * TorrentFreak

“Elsevier, Wiley, and American Chemical Society filed a lawsuit in India late December to compel local ISPs to block access to Sci-Hub and Libgen on copyright infringement grounds. With the case set for a hearing tomorrow, scientists, academics, teachers and students are calling on the government to prevent a blockade for the good of society.”