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Scholarly Communication: ACM OPEN - Institutionally paid OA for NUS Authors

Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Transformative Open Access Agreement

NUS Libraries, School of Computing, and the Office of the Deputy President (Research & Technology) has worked together to enter into a 5- year Open Access agreement with ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery. For all submissions to ACM made between Jan. 1, 2021 and December 31, 2025, NUS corresponding authors have the choice to make their published works Open Access immediately at no cost to the author.

Details of ACM OPEN (ACM's Transformative Model for Open Access Publication) can be found here. Visit these following links to get a list of the journals, magazines, conferences under this deal.

If you have any questions regarding this agreement, please contact the Scholarly Communication team.

How does the agreement affect me?

As an NUS-affiliated author* of an ACM journal, magazine, or conference article between Jan. 1, 2021 and December 31, 2025, you are affected in two ways:

NUS corresponding authors: You are able to publish your article submitted Open Access at no cost to you. ACM will also automatically deposit a copy of your article into Scholarbank@NUS, NUS' institutional repository. If you do not wish to publish Open Access, you may opt out and publish your work in ACM as subscription-only, paywalled content.

NUS co-authors: If you are a co-author of an article, but not the corresponding author. ACM will automatically deposit a copy of your article into Scholarbank@NUS, NUS' institutional repository.


*To ensure your eligibility, please use your NUS email (emails ending with;;; during article submission.

Why should I publish Open Access?

There are several reasons why it is advantageous to publish open access;

  • Making your publications 'Open Access' improves the visibility of your work as it can be read by everyone
  • Allows your research findings to be disseminated quickly via multiple channels
  • Allows you to retain your author's rights to your research publications
  • Several funding bodies (e.g. MOE Tier 2 and 3, NRF Competitive Research Programme and ASTAR) require grant holders to make their publications open access.


There are two models to make your publications open access.

  • "Gold" or immediate OA - This ensures that your article becomes open access immediately on publication. Very often, an article processing charge (APC) is paid to the publisher. Gold OA is available to fully open access journals, as well as for hybrid journals which are traditional journals offering both open access and non-open access publishing models.
  • "Green" OA - This involves publishing in a subscription journal and then making a version of your article (i.e. preprint, postprint, and/or published PDF) available through a repository such as the institutional repository, ScholarBank@NUS. You may be required to deposit after an embargo period of up to a year. To find out more information, please check Sherpa Romeo for journal OA and copyright options. 

To find out more about ScholarBank@NUS and the depositing guidelines, please click here, or email ScholarBank@NUS.

How will the ACM journal or conference notify me of what I’m supposed to do, and what steps do I need to take?


NUS corresponding authors who have manuscripts accepted to an ACM journal, magazine, or conference will be sent an email informing them of the NUS-ACM agreement with a link to ACM's eRights form. On the eRights form the author is asked to specify which rights they wish to grant to ACM.

There are 3 options available:

  1. Permission release [Recommended] - Authors who wish to retain all rights to their work can choose ACM's non-exclusive permission to publish where you will have an option to display a Creative Commons license on your work in the ACM Digital Library.
  2. Exclusive License to Publish/License
  3. Copyright

Creative Commons License

The author will also be asked to select a CC license. Selecting a CC license is required to fully enable access, discoverability, computational uses, and other productive reuses of your work. The license you choose will be displayed on the published version of your paper in the ACM Digital Library.

After selecting 'CC license', there will be 3 check-boxes:

  • Allow Remixing
  • Prohibit Commercial Use
  • Require Share-Alike
CC License Allow Remixing Prohibit Commercial Use Require Share-Alike

The default option, CC-BY, allows the widest range of potential distribution and reuses and is the preferred option for your institutionally-funded OA article. CC0 waives all the owner's rights under copy and database protection law. It is especially useful for releasing datasets and databases to the public for any and all purposes. This does not include your use of third-party data sets.

Please check out the link below for more information on the different CC licenses available as well as Creative Commons' license chooser (beta).

After you select a license, you will be taken through the usual process of providing permissions, third-party material, warranties on originality, and funding. Following form submission, the author’s choices are logged with ACM and you will be sent a confirmation email with your rights choices.