ACS signs transformative agreement with Consortium of Swiss Academic Libraries

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WASHINGTON, Jan. 3, 2023 — The Publications Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS) is pleased to announce a new transformative “read and publish” agreement with the Consortium of Swiss Academic Libraries (CSAL), which will last through 2025. The new agreement grants journal subscription access to hundreds of researchers in chemistry and related fields at 15 institutions and aims to cover the open access publication charges for all institutionally funded research.

“We're delighted to be furthering our relationship with institutions and researchers in Switzerland. It's exciting to see the growth of these transformative agreements, which we believe represent a sustainable route toward open access,” says Sybille Geisenheyner, director of open science strategy and licensing at ACS. Because of this arrangement, ACS guarantees that researchers at more than 600 institutions worldwide will benefit from access to essential research.

“We are glad that, after three years of negotiations, we have managed to find a compromise that all parties can agree to,” says Susanne Aerni, head of consortial services at CSAL. “The successful conclusion of this agreement is an important step toward the goal of the Swiss open access strategy.”

The agreement empowers eligible authors to publish their work in journals that span several disciplines. Through the agreement, these authors can publish open access in any of the full open access ACS journals, as well as the ACS portfolio of more than 60 transformative journals, with no publication charges. “Our latest agreement with CSAL is yet another demonstration of how to expedite open access and continue support of researchers, publishers and institutions,” says James Baldini, vice president of global sales, business operations and analytics at ACS Publications. 

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The Consortium of Swiss Academic Libraries obtains licenses for scientific resources (electronic journals, eBooks and databases). It offers a broad range of services and supports the efforts to establish a national open access strategy. It therefore plays an instrumental role in guaranteeing the quality and competitiveness of Switzerland as a university and research hub.

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