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Open Access Publishing Agreements

The Library supports HKUST authors to publish their work open access through various types of agreements with publishers. Some of them are called Transformative Agreements when they aim to shift the cost gradually from subscription for access to charges for open access publishing.

You can find out more about open access and article processing charges (APC) at the Library’s guide on Author Tips as well as articles in Research Bridge.

If you have questions about these agreements, or open access publishing in general, please contact the Research Support Services team or talk with your subject librarians.

Currently the Library has the following agreements in effect:

Open Subscription Agreement with American Institute of Mathematical Sciences (AIMS)

The Library launched an Open Subscription agreement with AIMS (American Institute of Mathematical Sciences) in 2023. It allows unlimited Gold open access publishing at no costs to authors in below three journals:

Key points to note:

  • Be the corresponding author upon manuscript submission
  • List HKUST as your affiliation upon manuscript submission
  • Use your HKUST email account upon manuscript submission
  • Notify AIMS that you want your article to be published open access when replying to galley proof message sent from AIMS Production Editor or Production Specialist

Cambridge University Press “Read and Publish” Agreement

HKUST Library and Cambridge University Press (CUP) entered into this agreement for 3 years (2021-23). It supports HKUST authors to publish open access articles in CUP journals; with that, a much wider audience can read their works without paywall restriction.

The agreement has the following elements:

  • HKUST members can access over 400 CUP journals
  • HKUST authors can choose to publish open access without article process charge (standard CUP charge is over US$3,000 per article in 2021)
  • This applies to papers accepted between Jan 1, 2021 to Dec 31, 2023, in over 300 journal titles, including pure gold and hybrid journals
  • To be eligible, the corresponding author of the paper should have a current affiliation with HKUST
  • There is no quota in this agreement

Authors should make their open access decision when the papers are accepted by the journals (see Cambridge’s Step-by-step Guide). CUP conducted a short training for Hong Kong authors; the recording is available. For more details about this agreement negotiated by the JULAC consortium, see this page from Cambridge University Press.


SCOAP3 is a partnership that converts key journals in the field of High-Energy Physics to Open Access at no cost for authors. HKUST Library, as a member of JULAC Consortium, is covered by the partnership.

When HKUST authors publish at SCOAP3 journals, the articles will be automatically open access. Authors can retain the copyright of the article. No action is required at the authors’ side.



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last modified 22 March 2023