The University of California, via the California Digital Library, has reached a transformative open access agreement with the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)  which governs both payments for UC access to ACM  journals and proceedings, and payments for open access publication of UC research. As a result, UC-affiliated corresponding authors can publish journal articles and conference proceedings open access in the ACM Digital Library at no cost to the author. 

Who is covered?

Corresponding authors who are affiliated with any UC campus, UC Office of the President,  Lawrence Berkeley Lab, or Lawrence Livermore National Lab.

What journals are covered?

All journals and conference proceedings published by ACM, including full open access journals and subscription-based journals.  Research articles in magazines are also included.  A complete listing of ACM publications is linked here

What is the discount?

Through this agreement, the author does not need to make any payments in order to publish an article open access:   unless the author opts out of the open access pilot, articles from UC corresponding authors will be made open access in the ACM Digital Library at no cost to the authors, because the UC libraries are paying a single fee to cover both subscription access and open access publication costs. 

How can I apply this discount?

In the process of being informed of the acceptance of your manuscript, as well as at time of submission, you will be provided the option to participate in the “Institutionally Paid Open Access Program” as a result of your UC affiliation. To select the prepaid Open Access Program for UC authors, simply retain the default selection, which is labeled “Institutionally paid Open Access with Author Retaining Copyright and all rights to their work.”

For further details on the process, see the FAQ on the ACM agreement.

What licenses are available?

You will have a choice of license options; use of a  Creative Commons License appears as a default.

UC suggests you assign a CC license in order to fully enable access, discoverability, computational uses, and other productive reuses of your work. For more information about the importance of license selection and Creative Commons in open access publishing, see this NEJM Perspective.  

What is the business model behind this arrangement?

Through this agreement, the UC libraries are paying a single fee to cover both subscription access and open access publication costs for UC authors.  No article-level payments by authors are necessary to make articles from UC corresponding authors open access in the ACM Digital Library, and the UC libraries do not pay directly for each article.

For more information on the specifics of this agreement, see the UC libraries’ ACM FAQ .

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