HKU Libraries Open Access Author Fund (the Fund) provides funding to HKU authors (including current academic and research staff and postgraduate students) to make their publications freely accessible by the public immediately upon publication (immediate open access).
Open access (OA) means making research publications freely available so anyone can benefit from reading and using research. It is part of a wider "open" movement to encourage free exchange of knowledge and resources in order to widen access and encourage creativity.
For more details on OA, please refer to this guide: https://libguides.lib.hku.hk/openaccess
To apply for the Fund, read through the guide and fill out the application form.
View a list of OA publications supported by the HKU Libraries Open Access Author Fund on this page.
The Libraries reserves the right to change these Terms and Conditions at our discretion without prior notice by posting the changes online. For any dispute arising from the Fund, the decision of the Libraries shall be final and conclusive.
* The University's last financial year ended on 30 June 2023. For details, please refer to announcement of Finance & Enterprises Office:
https://intraweb.hku.hk/reserved_2/finance/news/End_of_Financial_Year_2022-23_All_staff.pdf (HKU Portal log-in required)
Once manuscript is accepted, keep a proof of acceptance.
Complete and submit the Application Form (HKU Portal log-in required):
The Libraries will take up to 10 working days to process your application and notify you of the result.
Pay the article processing charges (APCs) by yourself first.
Keep the proof of payment, such as 1) the invoice or receipt from publisher OR 2) a document which includes the name of payee, amount of charge, transaction date, and form of payment, for the reimbursement process.
Only the successful applicants will receive details on the reimbursement procedure.
Proceed to reimbursement within 3 months from the date of approval of the Fund according to the e-mail reply.