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Royal Society of Chemistry & MIT Libraries’ read & publish agreement

Make your Royal Society of Chemistry journal articles open access at no cost

MIT corresponding authors can make articles published in Royal Society of Chemistry journals in 2020 and 2021 openly available at the time of publication at no cost to the author, under a new contract between the MIT Libraries and the Royal Society of Chemistry.

The groundbreaking license agreement combines traditional subscription-based access to RSC articles for the MIT community with immediate open access to MIT-authored articles.

The agreement does not cover fees for RSC’s fully open access journals, Chemical Science, RSC Advances, and Nanoscale Advances.

RSC_ReadPublish_author view

Screenshot provided by Royal Society of Chemistry. Accurate as of June 2018

Here’s how it works:

  • As corresponding author: After your article has been accepted for publication you will receive a unique link to access the Royal Society of Chemistry license system.
  • When you follow this link and enter the RSC license system, you will see an initial welcome page with details about your article.
  • Click ‘start’ to move to a screen that offers you the opportunity to select between an open access license (free of charge under the MIT Libraries’ read and publish agreement) or a standard RSC license. (Click on screenshot at right to see what it will look like.)
  • If you choose the OA license, there will be no fee and your article will be published open access. You will retain copyright.

Please note: If you published an article with the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2018 and did not hear about this opportunity, please Ask Scholarly Communications, as you can have your article retrospectively made open access with no fee.

If you have any other questions about the process, please Ask Scholarly Communications.