Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)

The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) is a  learned society (professional association) in the United Kingdom with the goal of "advancing the chemical sciences". It was formed in 1980 from the merger of the Chemical Society, the Royal Institute of Chemistry, the Farady Society and the Society for Analytical Chemistry with a new Royal Charter and the dual role of learned society and professional body. The headquarters of the Society are at Burlington House, Piccadilly (London). It also has offices in Thomas Graham House in  Cambridge (named for  Thomas Graham, the first president of the Chemical Society) where RSC Publishing is based.

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  • Publishing in open access  by corresponding authors affiliated with the following institutions participating in this agreement is possible at a discount of 15% of the APC list price:  Radboud University Nijmegen, VU University Amsterdam, Maastricht University, University of Amsterdam, University of Groningen, University of Twente, Utrecht University and Wageningen University.
  • Corresponding authors who are affiliated with the Eindhoven University of Technology (38), Delft University of Technology (30) and Leiden University (21) and who qualify as eligible authors are allowed to publish a labeled amount of articles in open access free of charge. Please contact your university library for details.
  • The following journals are excluded from the agreement: Chemical Science (Gold OA Journal), Chemistry World and RSC Advances (Gold OA journal). There is however a reduced APC fee of € 870 (£750) for corresponding authors who want to publish in these journals.

How does it work?

  • RSC will recognize the corresponding author as a researcher of a Dutch university, based on e-mail affiliation; authors should therefore use their institutional email address.
  • You will be automatically informed about your options to publish open access with a discount or free of charge.

Disclaimer: Currently there are negotiations with this publishers about the agreement in 2018 and beyond. The conditions as described above apply until 31 December 2017.

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  • Gold for Gold is a scheme established by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) that rewards all institutions that subscribe to RSC Gold subscription package with vouchers to make articles open access, free of charge. 11 of the 14 Dutch universities are using the Gold 4 Gold vouchers.
  • Researchers who want to use one, please contact the open access contact person within your university.

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