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.

ACS Posting Policies

Policies on preprints, scholarly sharing, and posting for ACS journals.

ACS Research Data Policy

ACS Publications portfolio of journals offer the highest levels of rigor in the review and publication of scientific articles and research data. To assist authors to understand what our principles around data availability are and why data should be made available, we have developed an ACS Research Data Policy.

ACS Research Data Policy

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 Publications Name Change Policy

ACS Publications recognizes that authors may change their names for many reasons and that there may be sensitivities surrounding the change. To reduce or remove any barriers to inclusion, professional mobility, and author credit, we offer authors two options to update their name on prior publications.

ACS AuthorChoice program

ACS AuthorChoice program offers authors a range of options to facilitate unrestricted web access to their published ACS articles for a one-time fixed payment. ACS members or authors from subscribing institutions 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.