While open access literature is free to users and is generally less expensive than traditional publishing methods, it isn't always free of charge to authors, who pay article publication fees, commonly called "page charges."
The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) has announced a Gold for Gold program that enables researchers to publish their papers in RSC journals free of charge, as Gold Open Access articles, without paying an article publication fee that typically runs about $2,600 per article. As an RSC Gold package subscriber, the U-M Library has more than 20 voucher codes to distribute on a first-come, first-served basis to U-M authors.
Chemistry Librarian Ye Li says that the RSC program is a promising initiative to encourage more researchers to publish their articles as open access.
"We hope it gives researchers the opportunity to experience the benefits of open access publishing, which makes a very positive contribution toward broader information and data sharing in the sciences," Li says.
Each voucher code can be used to publish a communication, full paper, review or technical note. The article must be authored by at least one researcher at U-M, not previously published, and accepted for publication in an RSC journal.
Li says that authors should request a voucher as soon as their paper is accepted by an RSC publication. Requests are processed in the order they are received; and you can check voucher availability at any time.
"This program can benefit researchers in (the departments of) Chemistry, Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering, Material Science and Engineering, Life Sciences, and many areas in the Pharmaceutical Science and the Medical School," says Li.