Gold for Gold

Gold for Gold

We recognise that researchers are often being asked to publish Open Access (OA), but do not have the funding to pay for it directly.

To support the funder-led evolution to Gold OA, and following a successful pilot scheme in the UK, our Gold for Gold initiative rewards all institutions that subscribe to RSC Gold with voucher codes to make papers available via OA, free of charge.

Gold for Gold ensures academics can further increase the visibility of their quality research, whilst raising their institution's reputation. Recent beneficiaries include: University of Cambridge, University College London, Queen's University Belfast, Birmingham University (all UK); University of California - Los Angeles (US); Helsinki University (Finland); Linkopings Universitet (Sweden); Universitat Basel (Switzerland); Van't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (Netherlands).

And, as part of the DFG-RSC Gold licence agreement for 2014, we have our first nationwide Gold for Gold initiative. More than 87 institutions in Germany, plus all  Max Planck and Fraunhofer Institutes, can not only access our premium content, including 41 international journals, but will benefit collectively from more than 900 Gold for Gold voucher codes.

We hope you take full advantage of any due voucher codes. For full details on how this project works, including information on how to claim and use your voucher codes, click on the Frequently Asked Questions link below.

Gold for Gold FAQs

Find out more about the RSC's innovative initiative

Subscribe to RSC Gold

Content from over 40 online journals, databases and magazines in one package, as well as a cutting-edge eBook series

Open Access

Information on Open Access and RSC Policy

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Jim Milne talks about the importance of Open Access and Gold for Gold

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Submit your article online via Scholar One

Gold for Gold online acceptance form

Once an article has been accepted, a voucher code can be submitted in the online form

Gold for Gold in the News

Keep up-to-date with the latest Gold for Gold news.

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Open access 'waiver' schemes encouraged by government

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RSC Gold for Gold is 'ingenious' says UK Minister for Science

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RSC uses OA as Incentive to Sell "Big Deal" Site Licenses

RSC Gold for Gold goes global

Following a successful pilot in the UK, the RSC's groundbreaking open access initiative is being rolled out worldwide

RSC launches 1 million Gold for Gold initiative as Open Access transition begins

The RSC has announced a groundbreaking 1 million initiative to support British researchers as they begin the transition to Gold Open Access (OA).


"When my paper was accepted for publication in an RSC journal, I contacted our librarian to request a complimentary Gold for Gold voucher; with that in hand the article was soon converted for publication under a Creative Commons open access license.  It was that easy and quick to see that our work would be placed in a well-regarded journal but not locked up behind a pay wall." Professor Kit Cummins, Professor of Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, US and Associate Editor of Chemical Science

"The Alliance-RSC GOLD Licence agreement, negotiated with the Royal Society of Chemistry, is innovative. Not only does it offer our users easy access to all RSC journal content, but all participating institutions receive a certain quantity of Open Access (OA) vouchers with which their authors can publish OA free of charge in any RSC journal." Uwe Rosemann, Director German National Library of Science and Technology and University Library Hannover (TIB/UB), Germany

"Gold for Gold demonstrates the Society's engagement with the chemical science community and recent Open Access developments." 
Lorraine Estelle, Chief Executive of JISC

"The Gold for Gold initiative is a great opportunity to introduce the Open Access Road to our researchers in Chemistry." Margareta Fathli, Librarian, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

"The Gold for Gold system was an ideal introduction to OA publishing. One of the attractions was the simplicity of use. Once the article was accepted, I contacted the librarian for a voucher code and the whole process from that point onwards was painless. No additional paperwork was needed, which was a significant benefit from my point of view." Dr Martin Heeney, Reader in Materials Chemistry, Imperial College London, UK

"There are some quite ingenious attempts to avoid [double-dipping], of which the Royal Society of Chemistry Gold for Gold scheme is one that we particularly welcome."
Rt Hon David Willetts MP, Minister for Universities and Science

"The more that this type of thinking can be seen to permeate throughout the publishing industry, the better."
Ron Egginton, Head, BBSRC and ESRC Team, Research Funding Unit, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

"With research budgets tight, ensuring that exciting results reach the widest possible audience is often difficult. Allowing open access to my PCCP paper via the Gold for Gold initiative provides an opportunity to promote this research and I am therefore delighted to be the first recommended for this scheme by my School....
Dr Ian Lane, Lecturer in Physical Chemistry, QUB, UK

"This initiative is welcomed, and will serve to promote Open Access publishing to researchers.
Lesley Gray, Journals Co-ordinator, Scheme Manager, University of Cambridge, UK

"The University of Queensland Library is very excited to participate in the RSC's Gold for Gold initiative as it adds to the Library's support for Open Access at UQ. The RSC have been very responsive and helpful to us in establishing the program here at UQ and we look forward to promoting this service to UQ authors in the next few months"
Heather Todd, Director, Scholarly Publishing & Digitisation Service, The University of Queensland 

"I have found the RSCs Gold for Gold scheme a useful way to introduce myself to the idea of Gold Open Access publishing. It is giving me the opportunity to discover what benefits OA can give to me."
Tom Welton, Head of Chemistry Department, Imperial College, UK

"I process 150 manuscripts a year for Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry. I will definitely use a voucher next time I publish in OBC." Professor Margaret Brimble, Chair of Organic Chemistry, University of Auckland, New Zealand and Associate Editor, Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry


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