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  • Washington University Libraries has negotiated a transformative open access agreement with ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) that covers publication for all journals, conference proceedings, and magazines of the world's largest scientific and educational computing society. 

  • WashU-affiliated corresponding authors who publish with ACM retain copyright and publish open access (via CC BY license) at no cost to the author. ACM will also make deposits into institutional repositories for all co-authors from WashU. 

  • Read more about ACM OPEN (ACM's Transformative Model for Open Access Publication) and WashU's commitment here. WashU faculty, students, and staff continue to receive unlimited and unrestricted access to all content in the ACM Digital Library

  • All submissions made between Jan. 1, 2020 and December 31, 2025 are eligible. Authors who do not wish to publish open access may opt out and publish their work as subscription-only.


  • Corresponding author receives link to the ACM Open Author eRights platform in email from journal editor upon acceptance of manuscript for publication.

  • Authors select "Institutionally Paid Open Access / Permissions Release" from available rights offerings. 

  • Upon selection of the ACM Open OA option, authors are asked to select their choice of Creative Commons (CC) license.

  • Following submission of their eRights forms, the author will receive email confirmation of the acceptance of the forms along with a copy for their records. 

  • Please note that authors must use their institutional email address to be routed to the ACM Open program.


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