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Jan 04 2023

Librarian’s Message re: HKU Libraries supports Open Scholarship

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Librarian’s Message re: HKU Libraries supports Open Scholarship

HKU Libraries commits to promoting Open Scholarship, which includes enabling open access (OA) to research publications, research datasets, metadata, along with research workflows and other types of outputs. We believe Open Scholarship principles can strengthen research integrity, increase visibility, and enhance the impact of the University.

1. Open Access Article Processing Charge Waivers via Transformative Agreements

Great news to all HKU authors!

From 1st January 2023, HKU corresponding authors can enjoy full Article Processing Charge (APC) waivers when publishing in Open Access (OA) with three more publishers – IOP Publishing, Portland Press, and Wiley. Quotas are limited and first-come-first-served for Wiley and Hindawi journals, while for IOP Publishing and Portland Press journals, quotas are unlimited. Meanwhile, we will also continue to work with Cambridge University Press and Karger to provide full APC waivers for HKU authors in 2023.

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2. HKU Libraries Open Access Author Fund

The Libraries also supports HKU authors who publish in open access with other publishers.

Current HKU academic or research staff members and postgraduate students, who will publish with publishers other than the aforementioned ones, can apply for HKU Libraries Open Access Author Fund and enjoy reimbursement for actual expenses up to US$2,000 per article for open access APCs.  Fundings are limited and first-come-first served.

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3. HKU Scholars Hub and DataHub

HKU researchers (UGC Grade A-I) can deposit manuscripts (preprints or postprints) to the HKU Scholars Hub in order to enhance the visibility of the research, and foster opportunities for collaboration.

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Research data created by HKU researchers and research postgraduate students can be stored in the DataHub. DataHub fully supports the FAIR Principles – Findability, Accessibility, Interoperability, and Reuse of data. It aims to help researchers comply with journal policies and promote transparency and robustness of research.

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The Libraries will continue to support HKU researchers in applying the principles of openness throughout research. For enquiries, please contact the Learning and Research Services, University Libraries at

Best regards,
Flora Ng
Chief Information Officer and University Librarian

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