WASHINGTON, Oct. 6, 2010 — The American Chemical Society’s (ACS) Publications Division will begin rolling out a new publishing agreement in mid-October that expands author rights and clarifies author responsibilities. The ACS Journal Publishing Agreement (JPA) is a result of ACS’ ongoing efforts to provide the best possible publishing experience for authors of ACS’ suite of 38 peer-reviewed journals, including its flagship Journal of the American Chemical Society. That experience includes efficient online manuscript submission; rapid, responsible peer review and publication; global distribution; the award-winning ACS Web Editions Platform; and now, extended author use rights.
The JPA replaces the previous ACS Copyright Status Form. It gives ACS authors a number of new rights regarding the use of their manuscripts and outlines certain behaviors that are expected of ACS authors.
The JPA shines a spotlight on two current ACS programs. The first is ACS AuthorChoice, which provides authors or their funding agencies the opportunity to sponsor immediate, unrestricted online access to their final published article. The other is ACS Articles on Request, which permits convenient, free distribution of journal article reprints online via author-directed links provided to the author when their article is published online.
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 works.