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Read & Publish Agreements Negotiated by CAUL

Association for Computing Machinery

ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, is the world's largest educational and scientific computing society. The ACM Digital Library is a research, discovery and networking platform containing the full-text collection of all ACM publications, including Proceedings of the CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems and Proceedings of the International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval.

ACM is pleased to welcome CAUL institutions to ACM Open! Under ACM Open, members of participating CAUL institutions receive full-text access to the ACM Digital Library and unlimited OA publishing in APC-eligible publications throughout the length of the agreement.

Further information on this agreement is available from ACM.

Key facts

This page was last updated on 1 February 2024.

Participating institutions

The following institutions participate in this agreement:

  • Auckland University of Technology
  • Australian Catholic University
  • Australian National University
  • Charles Darwin University
  • Charles Sturt University
  • Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
  • CQUniversity
  • Curtin University
  • Deakin University
  • Edith Cowan University
  • Federation University Australia
  • Flinders University
  • Griffith University
  • James Cook University
  • La Trobe University
  • Macquarie University
  • Monash University
  • Murdoch University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • RMIT University
  • Southern Cross University
  • Swinburne University of Technology
  • University of Adelaide
  • University of Canberra
  • University of Canterbury
  • University of Melbourne
  • University of Newcastle
  • University of Southern Queensland
  • University of Sydney
  • University of Tasmania
  • University of Technology Sydney
  • University of Western Australia
  • University of Wollongong
  • Western Sydney University

Authors who do not see their institution listed above should contact library staff to enquire further.

Agreement details

This agreement allows authors from participating institutions to publish in all of ACM's hybrid and gold journals without the need for any transactional open access article processing charge (APC).

This is an uncapped agreement. There is no limit on the number of articles that can be published OA under this agreement.

Article eligibility

Articles published from 1/1/2024 are eligible to be published open access under this agreement.

Eligible articles by affiliated corresponding authors are eligible for open access publication if they are published on or after the agreement's effective date or accepted for publication prior to the agreement’s termination date.

Article types

The following article types are eligible for open access under this agreement:

  • Interview
  • Note
  • Research Article
  • Short Paper
  • Survey
  • Technical Note
  • Tutorial

Article types excluded from this agreement include, but are not limited to:

  • Abstract
  • Announcement
  • Article Commentary
  • Book Review
  • Column
  • Correction
  • Course
  • Demonstration
  • Editorial
  • Extended Abstract
  • Forum
  • Introduction
  • Invited Talk
  • Letter
  • Opinion
  • Other
  • Panel
  • Poster

Author eligibility

As defined by the publisher, the eligible author is:

Authors who are either sole authors or co-authors of articles accepted by ACM for publication, who are designated by their co-authors to serve as the corresponding author for the accepted article. There can only be a single corresponding author designated for each accepted article. A corresponding author has the authority to represent their co-authors in all publication related matters with ACM and is responsible for the completion of the ACM rights assignment process

Responsible corresponding authors must include a participating institution as one of their affiliations to benefit from this agreement. 

Authors will be identified as eligible for open access publishing by their:

  • email address

Responsible corresponding authors must use their institutional email address when submitting an article for publication

Responsible corresponding authors should not use personal email addresses (e.g. Hotmail, Gmail). Doing so may result in delayed approval of the article or the article may not be approved to be published open access under the terms of the agreement. 

Discount schemes

No other APC discounts are offered under this agreement.

Title list

The agreement allows for publishing in all journals. The complete title list is available online. If you wish to publish open access, please check to ensure that your desired journal is included.

This title list does not include conference proceedings; however, all conference proceedings are included under the CAUL agreement in addition to the journals, transactions, and magazines found in the title list.

Hybrid journals that 'flip' to OA during the course of this agreement will remain available for OA publishing for the duration of the agreement.

Author rights

Articles from authors at participating institutions may be published under the following Creative Commons licenses:

  • CC BY
  • CC BY-SA
  • CC BY-NC
  • CC BY-ND

Author retains all rights as per the CC licence.

Further information about licenses is available on the publisher's website.

The Creative Commons licenses allow reuse (some with conditions) while protecting the authors' rights of acknowledgment as authors. 

Article approvals

Article approvals are managed by the publisher via a custom publisher platform.

Other charges

ACM does not charge additional fees for page and/or colour fees. Authors should always check each journal’s submission guidelines to ensure that they will not be subject to any other fees or charges.

Open access workflow

How to submit your article for open access publishing

The following instructions for authors have been provided by the publisher. Further details are available on the publisher’s website.

The corresponding author will recieve an the email with the link to the eRights form. Once they click the link, they are brought to an edit screen. If the paper is part of the ACM Open Program, the ACM Open Edit Screen will have a line at the top saying “This paper is part of the ACM Open Program”.  (The eRights system recognizes the corresponding author is from a participating institution based on the email domain provided to us by the institution’s administrator).  If the corresponding author changes their email address, from their institutional domain to a non-institutional domain, their paper will no longer be part of the ACM Open Program. 

The corresponding author should confirm all information on the edit screen to make sure the title and all the author information is correct. Once the corresponding author has reviewed the information and determines it is correct, they should click on the check box and then click on Proceed to eRights Form button.

Clicking on the Proceed to eRights Form button will bring the corresponding author to the ACM eRights Form. The ACM Open eRights Form defaults to the Institutionally Paid Open Access rights and a Creative Commons CC-BY 4.0 License. The corresponding author is allowed to change the options.

For the corresponding author to choose a Creative Commons License they cannot change the rights option from Institutionally Paid Open Access to Exclusive License to Publish.  

Once the authors selects their Creative Commons license and clicks the Proceed button, they will a series of questions for the author to answer that give ACM permission to publish their work. This page also includes a section that allows the author to input funding bodies and the corresponding grant numbers for the funding agencies that may have helped to support their work.

After the corresponding author has completed the form, they will select the Submit button at the bottom of he form. Following submission, the corresponding author will receive email confirmation of the acceptance of the forms along with a copy for their records.

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Contact details


Please email for questions regarding this agreement. Please include your full name, institution, article title, journal name and DOI (if available), and state the reason for your enquiry.


Please email for questions regarding this agreement. Please include your full name, institution, article title, journal name and DOI (if available), and state the reason for your enquiry.