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UCF Libraries: Distribution of Royal Society of Chemistry Author Fee Vouchers

UCF Libraries is partnering with the Royal Society of Chemistry to support free “Gold Open Access” publishing under RSC’s “Gold for Gold” initiative.

As a subscribing institution to RSC's Gold Package, UCF Libraries has a limited number of vouchers to offer UCF researchers for open access publishing on a first-come/first-served basis. Each voucher code can be used to publish a communication, full paper, or review under RSC’s Gold Open Access option, without paying the normal article publication fee.

Benefits of vouchers

Upon publication, the article will be accessible to all readers, worldwide, regardless of whether they or their institutions subscribe to RSC journals. The Gold for Gold open access articles will be published under the Creative Commons Attribution license, maximizing the potential for openness and reuse.

RSC explains that they envisioned this program as “a mechanism to ease some of the economic burden on RSC authors who either needed to comply with open access mandates or simply wanted their articles published open access for other reasons.” Choosing the RSC open access option is one way to fulfill the requirements of the NIH Public Access Policy, with no action required by the author other than indicating the article is NIH funded.

Who is eligible?

To be considered for the OA Gold for Gold publishing voucher:

  • The article must be a new, unpublished work that has received final approval for publication in a RSC journal. A voucher code cannot be used until an article has been accepted.
  • One of the authors for the article must have a current status of faculty, lecturer, instructor or student at the University of Central Florida.
  • Only one Gold for Gold voucher will be granted to an individual in a calendar year.

How does it work?

A limited number of vouchers will be distributed by UCF Libraries to UCF researchers on a first-come, first-served basis. Vouchers can be applied only to articles that have been accepted for publication, and cannot be applied retrospectively to articles already published.

To request a voucher, complete the below UCF Libraries online application form and attach a copy of the RSC correspondence documenting acceptance of the article. Each requestor is eligible for a single voucher in 2014 which must be used before December 31, 2014.


Please contact Barbara Tierney who is a member of the UCF Libraries Scholarly Communication Advisory Group and serves as Head of Research & Information Services.

Last updated February 20, 2014 2:20:54 PM

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