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Open Access

Learn about Open Access and how to make your scholarship freely available.

About the program

Lehigh University Libraries have signed a pilot transformative open access agreement with ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery. ACM OPEN is a “read and publish” agreement grants the Lehigh community access to all ACM journals and proceedings while making all articles with a Lehigh-affiliated corresponding author in those publications openly available at the time of publication.

This pilot program, a first for Lehigh University Libraries, allows all active, Lehigh-affiliated corresponding authors to publish open access immediately with all ACM journals and conference proceedings at no cost to the authors. Readers anywhere in the world will be able to access Lehigh University scholars' ACM publications immediately. Lehigh University affiliated-authors must be sure to use their email address in the publication process.

Instructions for authors

To take advantage of this agreement, Lehigh authors must use their Lehigh email address. 

  1. An email is sent to the corresponding author of a manuscript in each of these instances:
    1. Acceptance to an ACM journal
    2. Acceptance to an ACM conference (will be used for demo purposes below)
  2. After clicking on the rights form link, the author will see:
  3. After selecting their CC license and clicking “proceed”, the author will see the following detail which gives ACM the permission to publish their work:
  4. 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.