Open access is a publishing model that makes research works available to readers at no cost, as opposed to the traditional subscription model. Open access literature also lets readers reuse, with little restrictions imposed by copyrights or licensing terms.
There are two main routes to make your research outputs openly accessible (OA). Check the page to learn more.
Many research funders have a mandate for research outputs to be made publicly accessible. By accepting a research grant, the grant holder is required to provide open access to the publications. At HKUST, our major funders include
Below is a summary of the open access policy required by these funders.
|Research Grants Council (RGC), Hong Kong
|For research funded by RGC, the PI / PC / Project holder should check whether the publisher allows (i) full open access to the publisher’s version, or (ii) the author’s depositing a copy of the paper (either the publisher’s version or the final accepted manuscript after peer-review) in the institutional repository for open access (see details, p.20).
|National Nature Science Foundation of China (NSFC)
|Authors who have submitted manuscripts for scientific research projects funded in whole or in part by the National Natural Science Foundation of China shall deposit the final approved manuscripts accepted after peer review at the time of publication of the papers to the National Natural Science Foundation of China knowledge base for open access no later than 12 months after publication (see details).
|National Science Foundation (NSF), USA
|NSF requires that either the version of record or the final accepted manuscript in peer-reviewed scholarly journals and papers in juried conference proceedings or transactions (also known as “juried conference papers”) be deposited in a public access compliant repository designated by NSF; be available for download, reading and analysis free of charge no later than 12 months after initial publication; possess a minimum set of machine-readable metadata elements in a metadata record to be made available free of charge upon initial publication; be managed to ensure long-term preservation; and be reported in annual and final reports during the period of the award with a persistent identifier that provides links to the full text of the publication as well as other metadata elements (see details).
To ensure compliance with the Research Grants Council's (RGC) mandate on open access, HKUST have adopted the following policy:
For details, please see RGC Open Access Policy on VPRDO website.
RGC Publication Gateway is a one-stop online control database providing essential metadata information of refereed journal articles published since 2000, including the project title, information of the Principal Investigator, the corresponding author(s) and other identifiers, as well as hyperlink(s) of the refereed journal articles provided by the universities and other means of getting access to the articles.