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Open Access Publishing Partnerships

Information and resources on open access journals, publishing, and funding.

General Information


Purdue University Libraries and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) have entered into a transformative Open Access agreement as part of the ACM OPEN pilot. This program allows researchers affiliated with Purdue University to publish open access articles in ACM publications at no cost to themselves. Participating in this pilot program helps ACM transform their publishing model to fully open access, while helping to advance the visibility and access of Purdue authored publications.

Purdue Libraries are paying one fee to cover subscription access as well as open access publication costs. As a result, members of the Purdue community will have full access to content in the ACM Digital Library; and, authors who wish to publish open access with ACM can do so without the need to pay article processing charges. Purdue authors will have the option to retain the copyright of their articles. ACM will deposit copies of all articles authored by Purdue University affiliated authors in Purdue e-Pubs, Purdue's institutional repository for scholarly publications.

The agreement has been extended and will now be effective continuing January 1, 2024 through December 31, 2026. 


Who is eligible to participate?

Corresponding authors who are affiliated with Purdue University-West Lafayette, Purdue Northwest, and Purdue Fort Wayne are eligible for this program.

Who is considered a corresponding author?

Corresponding authors are either sole authors or co-authors of articles accepted by ACM for publication, who are designated by their co-authors to serve as the corresponding author for the accepted article.

What article types are eligible for Open Access publication under this agreement? 

All fully peer-reviewed research articles newly published in ACM’s magazines, conference proceedings and journals are eligible.

What do I need to do to participate?

You must use your Purdue email address when you submit your work to ACM for publication. After your article is accepted for publication, you will receive an email from ACM Rights Review that mentions the Purdue Libraries agreement with ACM. After linking to ACM's eRights form, if you want to take advantage of this agreement, must select "Permission Release".

Which license should I choose?

If you selected the Open Access (Permission Release) option, you will be asked to select your preferred Creative Commons License. While the default CC license, CC-BY (Attribution), allows you to retain all rights to your work and grants re-use rights to others, you can choose to add additional restrictions to the license. You can allow remixing, prohibit commercial use (CC-BY-NC), require Share-Alike (CC-BY-SA), or combine any of these 3 options.

At the end of the day, any CC license supports open access. The choice of which CC license is entirely up to you. Fewer restrictions allow your work the widest possible discovery and re-use.

What if I don't want to publish open access?

You can still publish your article with ACM, even if you do not wish to use this open access option. This agreement does not limit or dictate your decisions on where or how you wish to publish. This agreement provides an open access publishing option with ACM at no cost to you. You can choose not to publish your work openly.

What is a "Read and Publish" agreement?

A Read-and-Publish agreement is an agreement in which the publisher receives payment for reading as well as payment for publishing bundled into a single contract. For more information about this, and other transformative agreements, see "Transformative Agreements: A Primer" by L. Hinchliffe.

I still have questions. Who can I ask?

Purdue University, West Lafayette: Nina Collins,
Purdue Northwest: Joseph Coates,
Purdue Fort Wayne: Erika Mann,