American Chemical Society and Tokyo Institute of Technology announce ‘read and publish’ agreement

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WASHINGTON, Feb. 27, 2023 — The Publications Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS) and Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) proudly announce a new “read and publish” agreement. With this collaboration, ACS and Tokyo Tech aim to expand access to research and publish the largest number of open access articles in ACS journals from a single institution in Japan.

“Our agreement with Tokyo Tech represents ACS’ commitment to facilitating partnership and collaboration between institutions of higher education and publishers,” says James Baldini, vice president of global sales, business operations and analytics at ACS Publications.

This collaboration, which began in January 2023, brings open access opportunities to the university's researchers for three years. The goal is to bring greater visibility to the scientific contributions of the university. The agreement will also allow Tokyo Tech to join the change in STM (scientific, technical and medical) publishing by finding an innovative way to meet both the research and publishing needs of its scientists.

“For chemistry researchers, ACS is a major platform for publishing results. I publish several scientific papers a year with ACS, so I am very pleased that Tokyo Tech has entered into the agreement,” says Kazuhiko Maeda, professor in the department of chemistry, Tokyo Tech. “By reducing the costs to consumers of open access publications, I expect results from our university, especially in chemistry-related fields, will become wider reaching.”

ACS collaborates with global institutions, granting the opportunity to apply their subscription costs to support researchers publishing articles as open access in any ACS journal. “Open science is an incredibly positive development for the dissemination of research to the global community,” says James Milne, president, ACS Publications. “As the most-trusted, most-cited, most-read publisher in chemistry ACS has a responsibility to increase the transparency, accessibility and replicability of research, which are priorities of our transformative agreement with Tokyo Tech.”


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 all its people. The Society is a global leader in promoting excellence in science education and 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 leader in scientific information solutions, its CAS division partners with global innovators to accelerate breakthroughs by curating, connecting and analyzing the world’s scientific knowledge. ACS’ main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.

Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) stands at the forefront of research and higher education as the leading university for science and technology in Japan. Tokyo Tech researchers excel in fields ranging from materials science to biology, computer science and physics. Founded in 1881 as Tokyo Vocational School, Tokyo Tech hosts over 10,000 students at the undergraduate and graduate levels each year, many of whom develop into scientific leaders and the most sought-after engineers in the industry. Embodying the Japanese philosophy of monotsukuri, meaning "technical ingenuity and innovation," the Tokyo Tech community strives to contribute to society through high-impact research.

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