Press release

The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Adopts Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink® Author E-Commerce Platform

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Clearance Center, Inc.
 (CCC), a leader in advancing copyright,
accelerating knowledge, and powering innovation, announces that the Proceedings
of the National Academy of Sciences
(PNAS) has implemented CCC’s RightsLink®
, the industry-leading solution for managing Open Access and
related publication charges. PNAS, one of the world’s most-cited and
comprehensive multidisciplinary scientific journals, now has the ability
to facilitate easy payments of fees for pages, Open Access, and author
reprints. The RightsLink Author platform is seamlessly integrated with Sheridan
Journal Services
and eJournalPress

RightsLink Author offers publishers of all sizes immediate access to the
sophisticated software infrastructure and staff expertise needed to
simplify the collection and management of publication charges. It
delivers a shared platform with common workflows for thousands of
authors and dozens of institutions already working with other RightsLink
client publishers.

“A draw for us was the robust Open Access infrastructure that already
existed and our desire to be on an author-friendly platform,” said Diane
Sullenberger, Executive Editor, PNAS. “Being a part of RightsLink offers
a simple and intuitive e-commerce solution.”

“As publishers face mounting pressure to accelerate the transition to
Open Access, it can be hard to know if you’re on the right path,” said
Gretchen Gasser-Ellis, Vice President and Managing Director, Publisher
Solutions, CCC. “The right solution has to address the operational
overhead of managing traditional subscription businesses along with Open
Access publishing models, support for validation of new agreement types
that often require manual support or intervention, and the ability to
respond to the needs of a global author base. Our customers are asking
for flexible, collaborative, data-driven solutions that empower
publishers while supporting all stakeholders, including funders,
institutions, and authors.”

RightsLink Author supports publishers and their customers with a
world-class, trusted solution that offers:

  • Author-centric workflow that leverages standard author, institution,
    and manuscript metadata to easily accommodate individual,
    consortium-level, and national-level deals.
  • Automated billing payable in seven currencies by credit card, wire,
    check, or money order.
  • Seamless integration with customers’ current technology ecosystems,
    including manuscript management, production, finance, and membership
  • Dynamic pricing and discount rules at the publisher, journal, or
    article-type level.
  • Detailed reporting for all parties in real time from a central source.
  • Global, award-winning customer service available by email, phone, and
    live chat.
  • Continuous updates and platform enhancements.

CCC is an active partner in the information industry’s transition from
subscription content to hybrid and pure Open Access content. For years
CCC has brought together key Open Access stakeholders from the author,
publisher, institution, funding and vendor communities through
roundtables, panel events, webinars, podcasts, and published pieces. CCC
is a member of OASPA
(Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association), ALPSP
(Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers) and SSP
(Society of Scholarly Publishing).

Clearance Center (CCC)
builds unique solutions that connect content
and rights in contextually relevant ways through software and
professional services. CCC helps people navigate vast amounts of data to
discover actionable insights, enabling them to innovate and make
informed decisions. CCC, with its subsidiaries RightsDirect and Ixxus,
collaborates with customers to advance how data and information are
integrated, accessed, and shared while setting the standard for
effective copyright solutions that accelerate knowledge and power
innovation. CCC is headquartered in Danvers, Mass., with offices across
North America, Europe and Asia. To learn more about CCC, visit

The Proceedings of the National Academy of
is one of the world’s most-cited and comprehensive multidisciplinary
scientific journals, publishing more than 3,200 research papers
annually. Established in 1914, PNAS publishes cutting-edge research,
science news, Commentaries, Perspectives, Colloquium Papers, Reviews,
and actions of the NAS. The journal’s content spans the biological,
physical, and social sciences and is global in scope. Nearly half of all
accepted papers come from authors outside the United States. To learn
more about PNAS, visit