Open Access @ HKU

The Office of Knowledge Exchange and the University Libraries have made agreements with the several publishers below, which allow HKU authors in some cases to publish in Open Access journals for free(!), and in other cases at a discount. Open Access can increase the readership of your articles, with a faster discovery rate, than can publishing articles behind a subscription wall. Increased readership can lead to increases in citations, offers of collaboration, etc. Please also explore the possibility of your grant funder paying the OA charges. The publishers:

Open Sage

The HKU Office of Knowledge Exchange has pre-paid article processing charges for 100 articles for HKU authors. The price to HKU authors wishing open access publishing in this journal is free. Submitting articles for this journal is done from this page.

On their submission page, in step 5, there is a box for "Pre-paid arrangemens". In this box, the author doing the submission must enter a special CODE. To get this CODE, can you please write to and ask for it, while also giving the title of your intended article and names of any co-authors with their affiliations. Inputting this CODE does not guarantee article acceptance.

Please note that although the main author, the corresponding author, or even the person doing the article submission does not have HKU affiliation, if one of the co-authors has HKU affiliation, then that co-author must inform the person doing the article submission with the CODE, in order to receive this benefit.

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS)

Because HKU Libraries have a paid subscription to this journal, the publishers will allow a discount on article processing charges. After discount the APC is US$ 1,000. Exact information is still not confirmed. However the publisher advises that the author cannot claim this benefit, but that after an author has done online submission and choosing Open Access, the Libraries must then write to PNAS and claim this benefit.

Public Library of Science (PLoS)

The HKU Office of Knowledge Exchange has paid for an institutional membership, HKU authors who are the corresponding authors, may publish in any Public Library of Science journal with a 10% discount. To receive this discount, you must claim, "The University of Hong Kong" from a pulldown screen in the online submission process. (an example)

BioMed Central

HKU has a Supporter Membership with BioMed Central. If the affiliation of the submitting author (author who uses the BMC online submission system) is HKU, then there will be a 15% discount. Therefore if you are one of the co-authors on a paper, please check with your other co-authors to determine which of their affiliations if any, have Supporter or Prepaid Memberships with BMC. Then the co-author of the affiliation with the most BMC discount could submit the article through BMC's online submission system. BMC writes,

"When submitting a manuscript, either via a journal home page or via our online submission system, you will be identified as belonging to a member institution and automatically granted an article processing charge waiver if you are within your institution's firewall. If you are at home or at an external terminal when submitting your paper, you can still claim a waiver by starting your affiliation to your institution."


Because of the HKU Supporter Membership of BioMed Central (above), HKU authors (submitting author) may also claim a 15% discount in SpringerOpen journals. Submission process is the same as in BMC above.

Bentham Science Publishers

HKU is a member of Betham OPEN, which allows a 30% discount for HKU corresponding authors, and any HKU co-author. To receive this 30% discount, authors must include this code in cover letters, when submitting manuscripts: "OA/2011/MI/HKU".

Directory of Open Access Journals

There are many more OA journals, many with no OA charges. The Directory of Open Access Journals lists 7,000+ journal titles, searchable by title, ISSN, and subject area.