American Chemical Society and Lithuanian Research Library Consortium sign agreement to advance open access publishing

WASHINGTON, May 14, 2020 — The Publications Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS) announces today it has signed a year-long “read and publish” agreement with the Lithuanian Research Library Consortium (LMBA). This arrangement will help expand the publication of open access research by its scientists.

Under the terms of the agreement, researchers at LMBA’s three member institutions will benefit from full article publishing charge support to make a number of articles open access by the end of the agreement term. Each institution will also receive full access to all of ACS’ more than 65 premiere journals.

“The offset agreements ACS is signing across the world make it significantly easier for researchers to publish their work open access,” says James Milne, Ph.D., president, ACS Publications Division. “We’re looking forward to working with the Lithuanian Research Library Consortium’s researchers to expand the reach of their scientific research.”

“We are glad to offer our scientists a possibility to publish their research in the journals of their selection and make the research findings open to the whole world for the benefit of the community,” says Emilija Banionyte, president of the Lithuanian Research Library Consortium. “These are just the first steps; however, we hope open access will become a norm of the scientific communication worldwide.”

ACS supports the growing global interest in open access and to date has partnered across 17 countries and with over 300 institutions worldwide. ACS continues to provide researcher-centric solutions — programs designed to stimulate participation in open access publication across the global community of authors, researchers and ACS members.

LMBA helps its 48 members in Lithuania get affordable access to scientific electronic resources, promotes open access and seeks fair intellectual property rights conditions for using intellectual products for the advancement of science.

The American Chemical Society (ACS) is a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. ACS’ mission is to advance the broader chemistry enterprise and its practitioners for the benefit of Earth and its people. The Society is a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related information and research through its multiple research solutions, peer-reviewed journals, scientific conferences, eBooks and weekly news periodical Chemical & Engineering News. ACS journals are among the most cited, most trusted and most read within the scientific literature; however, ACS itself does not conduct chemical research. As a specialist in scientific information solutions (including SciFinder® and STN®), its CAS division powers global research, discovery and innovation. ACS’ main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.

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