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Penn Libraries Open Access Agreements for Penn Authors: Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)

Which articles are eligible?

The Penn Libraries has a one-year (2024) agreement with the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) for Penn authors to publish articles open access with no article processing fees (APCs).

Which journals are included under the agreement?

  • This agreement covers open access publishing in the RSC hybrid, or subscription based, journals.  Hybrid journals include articles behind paywalls, as well as open access articles. 
  • Currently, the agreement covers open access publishing in RSC gold journals, as well.  Gold journals are 100% open access.
  • The corresponding author of a submitted article must be a Penn affiliated author.

All article types are covered.

How can I tell if I'm an eligible author?

The RSC maintains a list of institutions that participate in Read & Publish agreements like Penn's at https://www.rsc.org/journals-books-databases/open-access-publishing/read-and-publish/deals/.  Scroll to the bottom of the page, select your country, and browse to find your institution (in the PALCI consortium).

  • CHOP researchers cross-affiliated with Penn are eligible under our agreements but MUST select UPenn (and not CHOP) as their affiliation when submitting articles.  

My article and I are both eligible.  Do I have to publish open access?

How does the process work?

When your article is accepted for publication in one of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) journals, you will receive a link to visit so that you can sign your publishing agreement.  This will include the details of your article (title, manuscript ID, etc.), and it should list you as a corresponding author.  When you follow the link, you'll be taken through a series of four steps to sign your agreement and choose your publishing option.

  1. Click the START NOW button at the bottom of the screen to begin.
  2. The system will recognize Penn affiliated corresponding authors as being from an institution with a Read & Publish agreement.  It will give you an option for standard publication or gold open access publication.  Both options should be labeled as "Free" since our university has an agreement in place.  Select the option that you prefer.
    • If you choose standard publication, the system will remind you that you have access to free open access publishing through our institutional agreement and ask you to confirm your choice.  Your article will only be accessible to individuals with a subscription to the journal.
    • If you choose open access publication, you will continue to the next step.
  3. If you have selected open access publishing, you will be asked to choose a Creative Commons license for your article.  You retain copyright for your article when you publish under a Creative Commons license; the license exists to inform your readers how they may reuse your published work.  You have two options; follow these links to learn more about the licenses.
  4. After choosing your license, you will be asked to review and confirm your information and choices.
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