COAR joins a growing chorus of voices (1,2) denouncing a new authors’ fee introduced by the American Chemical Society (ACS), which charges authors $2,500 US for the right to deposit their accepted manuscript into a repository without an embargo period.
COAR strongly objects to this charge for the following reasons:
Repositories are and should always be free for researchers to access and deposit their work!!!
Repositories are critical for ensuring that the research community can freely access and contribute to the full corpus of scientific knowledge. This fee erects unnecessary and artificial barriers for researchers.
COAR strongly encourages others in the scholarly community to raise their objections to this fee, and in particular, urges ACS authors and all researchers to refuse to sign over the rights to their Article Accepted Manuscripts, or pay any charges to share a work that they already own.