Royal Society of Chemistry

Open Access Publishing in Royal Society of Chemistry Journals

Researchers can publish their articles open access in Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) hybrid journals without additional payment. Open access publishing is free for the researcher, since the costs have been covered as a part of FinELib consortium’s agreement.

Am I entitled to free open access publishing in RSC journals?

Yes, if you fill the following requirements:

RSC identifies eligible authors based on their email address. When submitting your article to RSC, please use the email address of your own organization.

Instructions for the corresponding author

  • On acceptance of manuscript, you will receive an email from RSC with a link to their licensing system.

  • The link takes you to a page with the details of your manuscript provided at submission.

  • Click Start now.

  • Choose Gold Open Access Publication. Make sure that the system has identified you correctly, ie. that this option reads FREE - No payment required.  You are identified based on your email address.

  • Choose license CC BY.

    • Creative Commons describes the CC BY 4.0 (ByAttribution) license like this:This license lets others copy, distribute, display and perform the work and make derivative works and remixes based on it only if they give the author or licensor the credits (attribution) in the manner specified by these.
  • Agree to the license terms.

If you have refused to publish your article open access, and would like to change this, it is possible to retrospectively publish your article open access. Please contact your library or information service for help.

If you face any problems or have any questions, please contact your library or information service for help.

Researchers/students/staff members (as a corresponding author of the article) of the subscribing organisations are entitled to 15% discount on the APC of RSC's Full OA journals.