We’ve developed ACS’ publishing and editorial policies in consultation with the research communities that we serve, including authors and librarians. Browse our policies below to learn more.

Copyright and Permissions

Forms and guidelines for copyright transfer, and a Copyright Learning Module for chemists.


The American Chemical Society is pleased to announce our partnership with the Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) to meet your licensing needs for material published by the ACS Publications Division.

Click below to find forms and instructions for reprinting material from ACS Publications.

Ethical Guidelines and Prior Publication

ACS editors have provided Ethical Guidelines for persons engaged in the publication of chemical research—specifically, for editors, authors, and reviewers. Each journal also has a specific policy on prior publication.

ACS AuthorChoice

ACS AuthorChoice offers authors a wide range of options to facilitate unrestricted web access to their published ACS articles for a one-time fixed payment. ACS members receive significant discounts.

Open Access Compliance

ACS offers options by which authors can fulfill the requirements of manuscript deposit for research funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Wellcome Trust, and the Austrian Science Fund.

ACS offers options by which authors can fulfill the requirements for open access and deposition into repositories for funded research.

ACS Articles on Request

ACS Articles on Request allows ACS authors to share 50 free e-prints of their published articles with colleagues within 12 months of publication and unlimited free e-prints via author-directed links thereafter.