Association for Computing Machinery OA Publishing Support FAQ
A Read & Publish Agreement is a contract between a publisher and library that includes both standard subscriptions to journals and coverage of Author Processing Charges (APCs) for affiliated authors.
This agreement covers all of the ACM's journals, which are currently largely hybrid or fully OA journals. The ACM intends for all of its journals to be 100% OA by 2026, and for all subscribers to participate in this type of agreement.
Hybrid journal articles are by default published without Open Access (OA), but that authors may pay an Author Processing Charge to make them OA. Fully OA journals are always published OA. UVM and UVM Medical Center affiliates can publish OA in either type of journal without paying a fee.
Find their journals here: ACM Journals
These types of articles are eligible for coverage of APCs. Individual ACM journals may call them by another name, but they will all be eligible.
These types of articles are NOT eligible for coverage of APCs.
The ACM publishes many important series of conference proceedings as part of the International Conference Proceeding Series (ICPS). They ARE included in this agreement, and the ACM intends to make this series fully OA by 2026.
No. The process of submitting an article for publication is identical until after it has been reviewed and accepted.
No. Affiliation will be checked before an APC credit is approved.
One author on a covered article must be a UVM affiliate; however, other authors of the same article may have different affiliations.
No. You do not have to be first author.
You DO have to be an author - other types of contribution are not sufficient.
All articles authored by UVM affiliates.
No. All APCs are covered in full, whether $500 or $10,000.
You must submit your article using your UVM or UVM Medical Center email address, and/or list your institutional affiliation as one of these two entities.
Your affiliation must be current on the date your article is accepted.
After your article has been accepted, the ACM will publish your article Open Access (OA) by default.
You must accept one of the available Creative Commons Licenses for your article.
Authors retain their copyright, but allow others to access or use their work without consultation or fees under one of several standard Creative Commons licenses. Works licensed under a Creative Commons License must still be cited when used.
If you do not want your article to be published OA, you do not have to if it is published in a hybrid journal. You can check a box to Opt Out. If the journal is fully OA, it will be OA. The only way to avoid this is to choose another journal.