Publish Open Access in RSC Journals for Free

UCSF scholars can publish open access articles at no cost in Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) journals during RSC’s 2014 Gold for Gold program. RSC launched this program to help researchers who want to publish their articles open access (OA), but lack funds to pay the OA article processing charge (APC). The Gold for Gold initiative provides all RSC Gold subscribers with voucher codes to make papers available via OA, free of charge. All UC campuses have access to RSC’s Gold journals, thanks to negotiations by the California Digital Library.

The UCSF Library has a set number of RSC voucher codes and will assign them on a first-come, first-served basis. Voucher codes can be used to publish a communication, full paper, review, or technical note in an RSC journal under the publisher’s Gold OA option. Authors provide the code upon acceptance of their article in an RSC journal. For details, see "What is the process for authors under this initiative?" on this FAQ.

To request a voucher code, send an email to the Library once your article is accepted for publication in an RSC journal, and include the name of the author(s), journal title, and article title. The Gold for Gold program runs through December 31, 2014.

Curious about OA publication discounts with other publishers? See the Publishing & Open Access website.

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