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Open Access: Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)

A guide to Open Access at the University of Huddersfield

Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)

The agreement with the Royal Society of Chemistry allows corresponding authors affiliated with the University of Huddersfield to publish free of charge in any RSC journal that has been classed as a Hybrid (the exceptions are Chemical Science, RSC Advances, Nanoscale Advances, RSC Chemical Biology, Materials Advances and Chemistry Education Research and Practice (CERP).

To be eligible under this agreement articles must have an acceptance date between 1.1.2022 - 31.12.2024 and meet the following Author, Journal and Article type criteria.


Eligible Authors

Authors who want to publish OA Articles must be affiliated with the University of Huddersfield and agree to Publisher’s open access publishing conditions.  

Eligible Authors must be the corresponding author as designated upon article submission, and must state the University of Huddersfield as their affiliation in the author submission workflow. 

To be eligible, the corresponding author must be:

  • a current student registered with the University of Huddersfield (including undergraduates and postgraduates); 
  • an individual contractor of the Institution;
  • or a member of staff (whether permanent or temporary, including any teacher who teaches students registered with the Institution)

Please note: papers with corresponding authors who are honorary, visiting or NHS members of staff without a contract of employment will not normally be eligible to use this agreement.

Eligible Authors will be identified by the Publisher through at least one of the following parameters: 

  • University of Huddersfield e-mail domain, and/or
  • University of Huddersfield affiliation as stated in the author submission workflow.

Currently if an author is unable to assume Corresponding Author status they will not be able to publish OA under the agreement.  


Eligible Journals

You can choose to publish in any of the journals RSC class as hybrid (all our journals except our gold open access journals and Chemistry Education Research and Practice (CERP), which are already free to access).

To confirm, fully gold open access journals are not included in this agreement


Eligible Article Types

All peer reviewed article types are eligible for publication in this agreement which fall into three main categories: full papers, communications, and reviews.

Editorials and Corrections are not covered under this agreement. Further information on article types is available via the author information page of the RSC website.


Licence options 

DO NOT sign the standard licence to publish during the submission process, you should fill out an open access CC-BY licence which will trigger the open access publication of the article under this agreement

Authors have a choice between a commercial (CC BY) or non-commercial (CC BY-NC-ND) licence.

If your article is UKRI-funded please contact to check UKRI eligibility and licence requirements.


Rights Retention Statement position

The RSC will not reject submitted manuscripts or divert manuscripts to alternative journals because they include a Rights Retention statement.

Although the RSC strongly encourage eligible authors to follow the gold OA route, where this is not possible, RSC have confirmed that they do not reject or re-route on the basis of an author employing RRS statements.


Submission Checklist
Criteria All must apply
Affiliated to the University of Huddersfield
You are the corresponding author

The selected journal is an eligible RSC Hybrid title (see above) and if applicable meets UKRI funding requirements

The article type is eligible (see above)
You used your University email address during the submission process
You selected the 'University of Huddersfield' as your institution during the submission process
You have acknowledged any funders
If UKRI funded you have chosen an appropriate CC-BY licence to comply with funder requirements


More information:

Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) articles published under this agreement

  • Moxon, S., Skelton, J., Tse, J. S., Flitcroft, J., Togo, A., Cooke, D. J., Lora Da Silva, E., Harker, R. M., Storr, M. T., Parker, S. C., & Molinari, M. (2022). Structural dynamics of schottky and frenkel defects in ThO2: A density-functional theory study. Journal of Materials Chemistry. A, Materials for Energy and Sustainability, 10(4), 1861-1875.   
  • Francis, S., Rice, C. R., Scattergood, P. A., & Elliott, P. I. P. (2022). Synthesis and characterisation of group 8 tris(1-benzyl-1,2,3-triazol-4-yl)- p -anisolylmethane complexes. Dalton Transactions : An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, 51(36), 13692-13702.