In January 2020,  the University of California announced that it had signed an agreement with the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), to make it easier for UC authors to publish open access in ACM journals, conferences, and magazines. We’re pleased to let you know that the workflow for this agreement is in effect as of May 13, 2020.

How does the deal work?

For all UC corresponding authors, open access is now the default publication option for research and review articles in any ACM journal, conference, or magazine. This is made possible through an institutionally prepaid publishing agreement.  Authors can opt out of the open access arrangement and publish behind a paywall if they so choose.

The pilot agreement runs from January 2020 through December 31, 2022, and applies to manuscripts submitted and articles published during that period.  There is no payment necessary by the author because through this agreement UC is paying ACM a single bulk fee to cover both UC article publication costs and subscription access to the ACM Digital Library.  As of May 13, 2020, authors of accepted articles will see an option to make their articles open access through the Institutionally Paid Open Access Program.  

Find out more about this agreement from ACM frequently asked questions, and contact your campus library if you have any other questions.


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