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Cambridge Read and Publish Agreement 2021 to 2023

After prolonged negotiations with Cambridge University Press, the Library will enter into a Read and Publish agreement with them effective January 2021. How is it different from the previous licenses? Traditional licenses provide access rights to subscribed content for only authorized users, primarily current staff and students, affiliated to HKUST. This new Read and Publish model includes a new component to support open access (OA) publishing, which effectively removes paywall restrictions and raises visibility and impact of research content.

Under this agreement, all Article Processing Charges (APC) will be waived if HKUST authors choose to publish their accepted papers open access. There is no quota on the number of papers that can enjoy the APC waiver. The waiver is valid on any of the 370 plus Cambridge journals that are fully OA or hybrid OA (i.e., subscription journals with an option for OA), on condition that the acceptance date of the publications fall between January 1, 2021 and December 31, 2023. Eligible authors should be the corresponding authors who handle the manuscript and correspondence during the entire publication process. For ease of verification, authors are encouraged to use their ITSC email accounts in the Cambridge publishing workflow.

This Cambridge Read and Publish agreement is the first ever transformative agreement delivered by the Library. To disseminate this good news, the publisher is set to launch an informative page on the Cambridge Core platform sometime December giving highlights of the deal and a full journal list. Please also look out for our outreach emails on this exciting program.

— By Catherine Kwok, Library

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published December 15, 2020
last modified March 11, 2022