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Transformative agreements; migrating scholarly communication: ACM Open

Migrating scholarly communication

Participating in ACM Open



The Unisa Library signed a transformative Read & Publish agreement with ACM, the Association of Computing Machinery. In terms of this agreement all articles, conference proceedings or magazine articles can be made gold open access without any additional cost from the author. There is no limit on the number of articles that can be published open access and free of any transactional article processing charges by affiliated authors. 

This contract started on 1 January 2021 and was renewed for a further 3 years, 2024 - 2026. 

Read more about the ACM Open on their web site here

How to participate under this agreement: 

  • A customized email is sent to the Unisa corresponding author of an APC-eligible manuscript in each of these instances: 1) Acceptance to an ACM journal or magazine, 2) Acceptance to an ACM conference.

  • The author is informed via this email that University of South Africa has an agreement with ACM under which they can make their article available Open Access at no additional cost and links them to the rights offerings that ACM offers on a form we call the eRights form.

  • On the eRights form the author is asked to specify which rights they wish to grant to ACM. While we make the ACM Open option for OA and permission release most prominent, we also allow authors to choose from the same rights transfers as all ACM authors.
  • If the corresponding author selects the permission release, they will be prompted to select their choice of Creative Commons (CC) license. 
  • After selecting their CC license, the author will be taken to the second page of the eRights form which is similar to what you may find from other publishers, asking authors about permissions, third-party material, warranties on originality, and funding.

  •  Following form submission, the author’s choices are logged with ACM and they are sent a confirmation email with their rights choices.

All the ACM journals and conference proceedings eligible for open access publishing under ACM Open is available on this ACM page