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Open Access Publishing Agreements

Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)

This guide provides details of open access agreements with publishers facilitated by IReL (Irish Research eLibrary) which typically allow corresponding authors from eligible institutions to publish their articles open access immediately on publication.

Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)

Agreement period: 1 Jan 2022 to 31 Dec 2024

This agreement gives current staff and students at Maynooth University:

Access to current content from a fixed list of 27 RSC journals

The ability to make articles accepted for publication in all hybrid RSC journals open access, without the author paying an article processing charge (APC).

OA quota per year:

2022: 42 articles

2023: 50 articles

2024: 52 articles

These limited quotas will cover a projected 50%-60% of participating members output per year. Author who are not offered OA under this agreement have other options for making their works open access: either uploading a copy of your manuscript to your institution’s institutional repository (see RSC’s Green OA policy) or paying an APC to make the published version OA.

The corresponding author must be a current staff member or student of a participating institution at the time the article is accepted for publication. The corresponding author must ensure their correct affiliation details are known to the publisher at this time.

All eligible corresponding authors affiliated with Maynooth University can publish open access articles in these titles:

Any of the journals RSC class as hybrid (all journals except gold open access journals and Chemistry Education Research and Practice (CERP), which are already free to access)

Also see the list of eligible journals in all of IReL’s open access agreements:

OA publishing license: either a CC-BY 3.0 or a CC BY-NC 3.0 license, granting the publisher non-exclusive right of use. Authors of open access articles retain copyright to the article. The licence versions will move to version 4.0 during 2022.

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