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ACM Open Access Agreement

VIVA and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) have partnered to develop a new, consortial read and publish agreement that is related to but not specifically derived from their ACM OPEN model.  Corresponding authors at the participating institutions will be able to publish articles in ACM journals, magazines, and proceedings as Open Access (OA) at no fee (the agreement does not include books or book chapters) from October 1, 2021 to December 31, 2024. Authors will be able to retain the copyright in their articles and can select to publish using a Creative Commons license. ACM will also deposit copies of these newly OA articles into institutions' repositories for open dissemination, including for non-corresponding authors. Authors who do not wish to publish OA may opt out and publish their work as subscription-only. Users will continue to have full read/subscription access to the content in the ACM Digital Library.

Participating Institutions:  All public institutions, as well as the participating private institutions (Hampton University, Liberty University, Marymount University, Regent University, University of Lynchburg, University of Richmond, and Washington & Lee University).  New private participants are welcome.

Author Instructions:

  • Upon acceptance of a manuscript for publication, the corresponding author will receive a link to the ACM Open Author eRights platform via email from the journal editor.  (Authors are recognized as belonging to participating institutions via their email domains, so they must use their institutional email address when submitting the manuscript.)
  • The corresponding author can select "Institutionally Paid Open Access / Permissions Release" from the available rights offerings.
  • Upon selection of the ACM Open OA option, authors are asked to select their choice of Creative Commons license.
  • Following submission of the eRights form, the author will receive email confirmation of the acceptance of the form along with a copy for their records. There is no charge to the author for the OA publication.

 If you have questions about this agreement, please write to