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CSU - American Chemical Society (ACS) Agreement

CSU - Elsevier Agreement

CSU - IOP Agreement

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CSU - American Chemical Society Agreement

The American Chemical Society (ACS) has partnered with three California consortia - the CSU, UCs, and Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium - to offer a transformative OA agreement good from July 1, 2022, through Dec 31, 2025. This agreement allows CSU authors to publish OA at no charge if they have no research funding. If the CSU authors do have a research grant(s), they can publish OA by using a flat Article Processing Charge of $3000 from their grant funds. See ACS's press release for more information.

CSU - Elsevier Agreement

The California State University (CSU) system has negotiated a three-year gold open access pilot agreement with Elsevier that enables corresponding authors affiliated with the CSU to publish open access in eligible Elsevier journals at no cost to authors. For more information about this agreement, please see the CSU Libraries Network Announcement and Elsevier Agreement Page.

Eligibility Criteria

To take advantage of this agreement:

Instructions for CSU-Affiliated Corresponding Authors

Submitting Your Manuscript

Step 1: Use Elsevier’s journal search tool to ensure your desired journal is eligible under the agreement. 

Step 2: Submit your manuscript to an eligible journal. As noted above, the corresponding author must be affiliated with the CSU, and manuscripts must be accepted between January 1, 2022, and December 31, 2024.

Publishing Your Accepted Manuscript Open Access

Elsevier has prepared a video demonstration of the following steps. (Please note that the video is only accessible to those with valid CSU credentials and does not contain closed-captioning.)

Step 1: When you receive an email confirmation that your manuscript has been accepted for publication, click the link for your publication agreement and log in to Elsevier’s platform.

Step 2: This will bring you to a “Finalize Publishing your Article” page. Click the “Publishing Agreement” button at the bottom of the page.

Step 3: As the corresponding author, confirm your CSU affiliation.

  • Enter the primary CSU institution with which you are affiliated, and then click the “Save and Continue” button.
  • Note: If your corresponding department appears in the list of options, you can select that; otherwise, the overall institution is sufficient.

Step 4: Add co-author information.

  • If you have co-authors, add their names and affiliations before clicking the “Save and Continue” button.
  • If you do not have co-authors, select “No,” and then click the “Save and Continue” button.

Step 5: Add research funder information.

  • If you received research funding, select “Yes” and add the requested information before clicking the “Save and Continue” button.
  • If you did not receive research funding, select “No,” and then click the “Save and Continue” button.

Step 6: Choose your publishing option.

  • Select “Publish Open Access” to publish your article open access at no cost to you provided that you are affiliated with the CSU. Then click the “Save and Continue” button. 
  • Note: The CSU’s agreement with Elsevier will cover the associated article publishing charge (APC) for all corresponding authors affiliated with the CSU.

Step 7: Select your user license. 

  • If you opted to publish your article open access, you will then be prompted to choose a CC BY 4.0 or CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 license. Once you make your selection, click the “Save and Continue” button.

Step 8: Select your status.

  • Indicate whether you are the sole author, one author signing on behalf of all authors, or signing as an authorized representative and on behalf of your employer. Then click the “Save and Continue” button.

Step 9: Read and agree to the terms of the license agreement. 

  • Carefully review the terms of the license agreement, and check the box at the bottom of the page to indicate your agreement. Then click the “Accept Agreement” button.

Step 10: Review the information you submitted.

  • Verify that the information you submitted is correct, and then click the “Finish” button.

Next Steps

Step 1: Once you complete the above steps, you and your co-authors will receive a confirmation email.

Step 2: Your article will be published open access within 24 hours.

  • If you selected the “Publish Open Access” option for your article, it will be made open access on Elsevier’s ScienceDirect platform within 24 hours of completing the above steps. 

Step 3: CSU librarians will verify your affiliation and approve your request.

  • Your request to publish your article open access under the CSU’s agreement with Elsevier will be sent to CSU librarians, who will verify your affiliation with the CSU and approve your request. You will receive a confirmation email once this process is complete.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Are CSU students eligible to take advantage of this agreement?  Yes, all corresponding authors affiliated with the CSU are eligible, including faculty, students, staff, etc.
  • What if I submitted a manuscript to an eligible Elsevier journal between January 1, 2020, and December 31, 2021, but did not select the open access option? Each month, Elsevier sends CSU librarians a list of articles associated with CSU-affiliated corresponding authors who did not, for whatever reason, choose to publish open access. CSU librarians will reach out to these authors to encourage them to change the publishing option for their articles to open access.
  • Are all types of works eligible for this agreement? No, this agreement only covers the following types of peer-reviewed works: case reports; data; full-length articles; micro-articles; original software publications; practice guidelines; protocols; review articles; replication studies; short communications; short surveys; video articles. It does not cover editorials or other types of publications that are not subject to peer review.
  • What should authors enter for the affiliation details of team/lab co-authors in the author journey? If affiliation details are not applicable for a particular co-author (i.e., in the case of a team or lab), the corresponding author can omit that co-author from the form in their author journey. This will not affect the metadata that is ultimately associated with the publication; Elsevier only uses the affiliation information entered through the author journey to determine what APC waiver programs may apply.

IOP Science | New Giza University Libraries

CSU - IOP Agreement

As a result of a new agreement between CSU and IOP Publishing, you are now able to publish your research open access in over 70 eligible journals without paying any APCs. 

How to publish under the agreement 

  • Submission: When you submit your article state your affiliation clearly on the submission form and in the article itself. This will allow us to identify it.

  • Identification: Once your article is identified, you'll receive a notification during the peer-review process or shortly after acceptance that your paper has been automatically opted in to open access. If you wish to opt-out, please do so within five days of identification.

  • Acceptance and publication: Your paper will be published open access under a CC BY license. You will own the copyright and maintain the sole right to be credited or cited. There are also liberal reuse rights allowing others to distribute, adapt or build upon the work.

Are you ready to publish? 

When you're ready to submit your paper, use the Journal Finder to identify the best journal and its compliancy with your funder's policies. Then, read the step-by-step guide on how to publish under a transformative agreement.