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Inform your patrons: ACS Publications introduces new Journal Publishing Agreement

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ACS Introduces New Publishing Agreement for Journals

As part of ACS’ ongoing efforts to provide the best possible publishing experience for its authors, next week ACS will begin rolling out a new publishing agreement that expands author rights and clarifies author responsibilities.

The Journal Publishing Agreement (JPA)  ( replaces the previous ACS Copyright Status Form, and gives ACS authors a number of new rights regarding the use of their manuscript; outlines certain behaviors that are expected of ACS authors; and transfers copyright of accepted manuscripts to the ACS.

There are several key points of difference between new JPA and the ACS Copyright Status Form:
* The new agreement specifically addresses what authors can do with the different versions of their manuscript – e.g. use in theses and collections, teaching and training, conference presentations, sharing with colleagues, and posting on websites and repositories. The terms under which these uses can occur are clearly identified to prevent misunderstandings that could jeopardize final publication of a manuscript.

* The new agreement clarifies that the transfer of copyright in Supporting Information is nonexclusive. Authors may use or authorize the use of Supporting Information in which they hold copyright for any purpose and in any format.

* The new agreement extends key terms of use to an author’s previously published work with ACS – as long as the same conditions of use are met.
* Behaviors expected of ACS authors are more fully addressed throughout the agreement.

The JPA also shines a spotlight on two current ACS programs, ACS AuthorChoice ( which provides authors or their funding agencies the opportunity to sponsor immediate, unrestricted online access to the final published article and ACS Articles on Request ( which permits convenient, free distribution of journal article reprints online via author-directed links that are provided to the author at the galley proof stage.

The JPA is a direct result of the extensive review and consultation process undertaken by a task force consisting of ACS journal authors, editors, librarians, governance members, and legal counsel who identified activities in which today’s authors typically engage, or would like to engage. The JPA incorporates the task force’s recommendations and more clearly communicates ACS Publications policies regarding the use of submitted, accepted and published work.

Please visit the Librarian Resource Center for complete information on the new JPA as well as for tools to assist your patrons:

Please feel free to contact me with any questions at


S. Sara Rouhi
Associate Manager, Library Relations | ACS Publications
1155 16th St., NW | Washington | DC 20036
ACS Chemistry for Life

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