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Open Access Publishing @ Wits: ACM (Association for Computing Machinery)

This LibGuide provides useful information about Open Access at Wits including the Wits Article Processing Charge (APC) fund, as well as Transformative OA agreements that apply to Wits authors

ACM Open 2024-2026


  • SANLiC (South African National Library & Information Consortium) has negotiated a transformative open access agreement with ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) that covers publication for all journals, conference proceedings, and magazines of the world's largest scientific and educational computing society. Being a member of SANLiC the contract with Wits University is effective January 1st, 2021.

  • The agreement with ACM entails that Wits authors that submits a manuscript to an ACM journal, magazine- or conference can make their article available Open Access at no additional cost and links them to the rights offerings that ACM offers. View the full journal title list here.

  • Read more about ACM OPEN (ACM's Transformative Model for Open Access Publication) and University of the Witwatersrand commitment here. University of the Witwatersrand faculty, students, and staff continue to receive unlimited and unrestricted access to all content in the ACM Digital Library.


ACM Open - Instructions

  • A customized email is sent to the Wits corresponding author of an APC-eligible manuscript in each of these instances:  1) Acceptance to an ACM journal or magazine, 2) Acceptance to an ACM conference.

  • The author is informed via this email that Univ Witwatersrand has an agreement with ACM under which they can make their article available Open Access at no additional cost and links them to the rights offerings that ACM offers on a form we call the eRights form.

  • On the eRights form the author is asked to specify which rights they wish to grant to ACM. While we make the ACM Open option for OA and permission release most prominent, we also allow authors to choose from the same rights transfers as all ACM authors.
  •  If the corresponding author selects the permission release, they will be prompted to select their choice of Creative Commons (CC) license. 
  • After selecting their CC license, the author will be taken to the second page of the eRights form which is similar to what you may find from other publishers, asking authors about permissions, third-party material, warranties on originality, and funding.

  •  Following form submission, the author’s choices are logged with ACM and they are sent a confirmation email with their rights choices.