Embrace Open Access Publishing: Unlocking the Power of Knowledge Sharing

Discover the remarkable possibilities of Open Access (OA) publishing through the PolyU Library’s Transformative Agreements (TA). This initiative is reshaping the landscape of research sharing and accessibility, providing researchers like you with a valuable platform to expand the influence and impact of your work within the global academic community.

By embracing OA, researchers can increase the visibility, reach, and citation potential of their work, supported by research articles (1, 2 and 3) demonstrating higher citation potential for OA publications.


Gold OA and Hybrid OA Publishing

Gold Open Access (Gold OA) is a publishing model that provides unrestricted access to research articles without any paywalls or subscription fees. In this model, entire journals are dedicated to OA, ensuring free access to all published articles.

Alternatively, Hybrid Open Access (Hybrid OA) allows immediate access to selected articles within subscription-based journals, while the remaining content remains behind paywalls. Authors have the option to pay Article Processing Charges (APCs) to make their specific articles immediately available (Gold-Hybrid OA).


Open Access Publishing Trend in PolyU

Amidst the growing awareness of OA within the university community, combined with the persistent advocacy efforts of the Library, we have seen a rise in Gold OA and Hybrid OA research publications in recent years.

The graphs generated from Clarivate’s InCites demonstrate the increasing percentage of OA papers in both Gold OA and Gold-Hybrid OA journals in PolyU from 2018 to 2022:

PolyU Library’s Transformative Agreements: Your Gateway to Open Access

Through partnerships with publishers, we offer a seamless pathway to OA publishing. Our agreements allow PolyU researchers to publish in high-quality hybrid and full OA journals, with a waiver on Article Processing Charges (APCs).

We are proud to share that the PolyU Library has signed transformative agreements with renowned publishers, including Cambridge (CUP), Microbiology Society, American Institute of Mathematical Sciences (AIMS), IOP Science, and The Company of Biologists. These agreements have been warmly embraced by our PolyU researchers, fostering open research within our university community.



Experience and Feedback from PolyU Authors

Dr Jiaao Hao, Assistant Professor in the Department of Aeronautical and Aviation Engineering (AAE), expressed the impact of OA publishing through PolyU’s TA with Cambridge (CUP):

“PolyU’s TA with Cambridge is very convenient to use and attracts more full-text views than my non-OA publications in the same journal.”

Hao, J. (2023). On the low-frequency unsteadiness in shock wave–turbulent boundary layer interactionsJournal of Fluid Mechanics, 971, A28. doi:10.1017/jfm.2023.687

Hao, J., Cao, S., Guo, P., & Wen, C. (2023). Response of hypersonic compression corner flow to upstream disturbances. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 964, A25. doi:10.1017/jfm.2023.384

Prof. David C.S. Li, Professor in the Department of Chinese and Bilingual Studies (CBS), shared his experience with the Cambridge (CUP) agreement, highlighting the user-friendly and efficient process:

“It didn’t take me long to sort out all the required steps and types of information in the entire process (no more than 20-25 minutes for one paper, from what I recall). Once I became familiar with the process, the other paper was much faster, thanks to the fact that the online interface is very user-friendly and easy to follow.

Li, D. (2023). Why China English should give way to Chinese English: Chinese English: A linguistic perspectiveEnglish Today, 39(3), 190-193. doi:10.1017/S0266078423000196

Li, D. (2023). China English or Chinese English?: The Coming of Age of an Indigenized Variety. English Today, 1-8. doi:10.1017/S0266078423000147

We are delighted to receive such positive feedback from our esteemed researchers who have embraced OA publishing through our transformative agreements. These success stories exemplify the benefits of this initiative in facilitating open research and raising the visibility of PolyU’s scholarly output.


Join the Open Access Movement!

We invite all PolyU researchers to explore the opportunities and advantages of OA.

In addition to OA publishing, depositing your Final Accepted Manuscripts into the PolyU Institutional Research Archive (PIRA) is another way to increase the visibility of your research outputs and make them openly accessible to a wide-ranging audience.

The Library’s PIRA team will then check and ensure that the right version of the work is made available online at the right time in accordance with the publishers’ policy for self-archiving.

Take action now and deposit your work in PIRA to become an integral part of the OA movement!

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