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Open Access

This guide provides information and resources in open access and scholarly publishing.

Movement Towards Open Access Publishing

Movement Towards OA Publishing

Open Science like Open Access (OA) to research articles and Open Data has become even more important these days, as evident in the battle against the COVID pandemic.

As a researcher, you may hear from your colleagues or collaborators about paying Article Processing Charge (APC) to publish your research in OA. You may also notice that more journals now have an option to allow authors to pay APCs so that their research articles can be made available to the larger scientific community immediately upon publishing – moving away from access via library subscription. This change has been intensifying over the last few years where more Authors are willing to pay APCs to make their research more open. Libraries too, start to review their journal subscriptions as more research publications are made openly accessible.


What caused the recent uptake in Open Access publishing when this movement has been here for more than a decade? 

An increase in Open Access mandates by funders mandates like UK’s Research Excellence Framework 2021, Plan S in Europe, National Institutes of Health in the United States and HK’s Research Grants Council, has led to more authors seeking to publish Open Access and to deposit their publications and data in institutional repositories like PolyU Institutional Research Archive (PIRA).


What's changed in academic publishing? What's the impact on me?

This powerful initiative has made a significant shift in transforming the business models in academic publishing over the last 2 years. Publishers begin to change their business model by increasing the percentage of open access articles in their journals as this would mean more authors can make their research open with the payment of Article Processing Charge (APC), while continuing to charge institutions, like University Libraries, subscription costs to access these research.

As a result, Universities and Libraries begin to relook at these subscription contracts in the hope of moving away from a payment for subscription, to a contracted payment for both Open Access publishing and reading of journals. This is known as Transformative Agreement (TA), where the change can take place over several years.

The Read & Publish Agreement Library signed with CUP is one example of a TA. This agreement allows you, as a PolyU author, to publish in CUP journals in OA with APC fully waived. Learn more here

The Library will continue to work with other publishers on similar agreements to benefit more researchers in various disciplines. 


Other TA examples around the world: