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Open Access for Grant Compliance and Increased Visibility - Sciences

Many granting agencies now require publications to be open access within 12 months of publication. This guide is designed to help navigate this for the sciences

Preprint servers

ChemRxiv  and arXiv

Why use a preprint server before or after submitting the manuscript ot the publisher?

  • you may get accepted right away but if it is rejected you need to resubmit to another journal which causes more delays
  • may not be able to afford open access publication fees but preprint server is free
  • get the preprint out there with a DOI before it might get published - great for job CVs
  • can submit to a journal from within ChemRxiv
  • can still make modifications - versions are tracked
  • displays links to the final published version
  • tracks altmetrics
  • citations to both the printed and preprint are tracked 
  • need ORCID for submitting authors but optional for additional authors
  • indexed in Google Scholar, European Pubmed, Scifinder and Reaxys! (Web of Science does not by policy)
  • automatic plagiarism scans and virus scans
  • can upload software too if necessary
  • can post data sets/images as well supports any file type - uses Figshare - could be part of open data management plan
  • all ACS primary journals allows preprints except the review journals. J Chem Ed needs editorial permission for preprint
  • RSC and GDCh journals allow preprint archiving.

Please note that in most cases, archiving the pre-print version does not fulfill the Tri-Agency Open Access requirements. You must archive the final, full-text and peer-reviewed manuscript (post-print), or the publisher's version where copyright policies permit. More information is available here.