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Funding & OA Requirements

More and more funding agencies require that publications resulting from funding will be made available via Open Access.

Hong Kong

All RGC funding now requires researchers to deposit a version of their papers in their institutional repository (if the publisher’s version is not available Open Access). This becomes effective on the projects approved by RGC in 2010/11 onwards.

Referring to section 35 (page 14-15) of the RGC’s Disbursement, Accounting and Monitoring Arrangements (DAMA) document of July 2015,

35. On public access of publications resulting from research funded by the RGC:

  1. Upon acceptance of a paper for publication, the PC / PI should check whether the publisher already allows (i) full open access to the publisher’s version, or (ii) the author’s depositing a copy of the paper (either the publisher’s version or the final accepted manuscript after peer-review) in the institutional repository for open access;
  2. if both (a) (i) and (ii) are not allowed, the PC / PI should request the publisher to allow him/her to place either version (preferably the publisher’s version, but failing that the final accepted version) in his / her institutional repository for restricted access immediately upon publication or after an embargo period of up to 12 months if required by the publisher; and
  3. subject to the publisher’s agreement on (a) or (b) above, the PC / PI should deposit a copy of the publication in his/her institutional repository as early as possible but no later than six months after publication or the embargo period, if any.

To ensure the funded research paper to be open access, you can:

  1. Submit your paper to open access journals, or
  2. Submit your paper to hybrid journals which offer paid option for open access, or
  3. Submit the final accepted manuscript of your paper to the HKUST Institutional Repository ( HKUST IR ).


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Overseas – Governments


The Australian Research Council (ARC) – Open Access Policy & National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Open Access Policy both require that any publications resulting from their funding must deposited in an open access archive within 12 months.


Draft Tri-Agency Open Access Mandate

European Commission

cOAlition S

  • It was launched by 11 national research funding organisation, with the support of the European Commission.
  • It was an initiative to make full and immediate Open Access to research publications through Plan S.
  • Its main principle is “By 2020 scientific publications that result from research funded by public grants provided by participating national and European research councils and funding bodies, must be published in compliant Open Access Journals or on compliant Open Access Platforms.”

New Zealand

New Zealand Government Open Access and Licensing (NZGOAL) framework set in place in 2010 encourages all publically funded bodies in New Zealand to use Creative Commons licensing in releasing their work.

Open Access in Aotearoa New Zealand – by Creative Commons Aotearoa/New Zealand


Research Councils UK Open Access Policies

Wellcome Trust Open Access Policy


Publication Policies of Major Research Funders – compiled by MIT

Overseas – Funders

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

  • Publications Are Discoverable and Accessible Online.
  • Publication Will Be On “Open Access” Terms.
  • Foundation Will Pay Necessary Fees.
  • Publications Will Be Accessible and Open Immediately.
  • Data Underlying Published Research Results Will Be Accessible and Open Immediately.
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last modified 05 September 2018