ACS Publications and French consortium together support open access publishing

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WASHINGTON, June 21, 2024 — The Publications Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS) is pleased to announce it has signed a memorandum of understanding with Couperin, an academic consortium representing more than 250 universities and other educational and research institutions across France. This memorandum lays the groundwork for a new agreement covering ACS’ portfolio of hybrid journals, which combine open access (OA) and subscription-access content. 

The agreement is the first of its kind between ACS Publications and an academic consortium. In addition to granting participating institutions within the Couperin consortium full reading access to ACS journals, upon commencement the agreement will also provide authors with support for zero-embargo green OA (ZEGOA). This means that eligible corresponding authors at these institutions will be able to immediately self-archive their accepted manuscript in the repository of their choice for their articles published within ACS’ hybrid journals.  

“We're delighted to lay the groundwork for this trailblazing agreement, which has been developed in close partnership with Couperin to meet the most pressing needs of authors in France,” says ACS Publications President James Milne. “As more research funders and institutions encourage or require researchers to self-archive their accepted manuscripts, agreements of this kind will become increasingly important — and by including access to subscription content, faculty and students also benefit from unfettered access to the latest trusted research in chemistry.” 

Subject to completion of French public market procedures, the agreement between Couperin and ACS Publications is expected to commence the middle of this year and run through the end of 2026. 


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.

The Couperin Consortium is an association of French higher education and research establishments that aims to develop access to scientific and technical information for the scientific community, by facilitating national negotiations on digital documentary resources and supporting open science. 

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