ACM OPEN – Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible for the open access publishing option?

All corresponding authors from an institution participating in ACM OPEN may choose to have their research articles published Open Access in ACM journals, conference proceedings and magazines, in perpetuity at the time of publication at no cost to the authors.

Will I continue to have access to the ACM articles I read?

Under the ACM OPEN agreement, faculty and students will continue to receive unlimited and unrestricted access to all articles in the ACM Digital Library, as according to ACM’s regular terms of use found at ACM Digital Library Terms of Use.

Why should an institution encourage its researchers to publish their work Open Access?

If you publish your paper Open Access, you retain your rights as an author and your work becomes immediately accessible to the world for free. As a result, your research will be more widely disseminated and will have greater impact. Authors are able to choose a Creative Commons CC-BY license.

How will my article be open access?

Corresponding Authors will have the option to select the rights assignment option of their choice, including the option for all individual co-authors of the published article to retain the copyright to their article, provide ACM with an exclusive license to publish their article, provide ACM with a non-exclusive license to publish their article, and in the case of the authors’ copyright retention, to make their published article shareable via the use of a Creative Commons license, with CC-BY as the default option.

How will this new agreement provide flexibility to accommodate all authors, whether they want to publish open access or not?

The agreement provides the option for corresponding authors to publish their articles open access. Authors who do not want to publish open access may opt out and publish their articles as subscription-only behind the publication’s paywall, as they have the option to do now.

How does this new agreement affect me serving as a reviewer or editor for ACM journals?

Your ability to choose which journals to review and edit will not be affected.

Can I continue to publish in the ACM journal, magazine or proceeding of my choice once the new agreement is in effect?

Your ability to choose where to publish your research will not be affected. Authors may continue to publish in and support any ACM publication of their choice.

How can I learn more about the ACM OPEN model?

Please contact dl-info@hq.acm.org for more information.

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