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Open Access Publishing Options at KAUST: Home

Transforming scholarly communication and research publishing landscape.

KAUST Open Access Publishing Program

University Library, with the support of the Office of Sponsored Research (OSR), is taking steps to align with global open access and open science initiatives. As a result, there are few open access publishing models newly established with below-listed STEM publishers. These agreements will allow KAUST affiliated corresponding authors to publish their accepted articles in open access mode and made openly available under creative commons license, at no cost to the author.

Being the first of its kind institutional programs in the region and world, these publishing models aim over time to reduce the proportion of pay-walled scholarly articles, as library subscription funding shift to open access publishing.  This new initiative will support KAUST open access policy and supplement KAUST research repository, the initiatives aimed to increase the impact of KAUST research publications through its availability to the world without locking them behind publisher’s paywalls.

We have established 7 such models for KAUST, and this guide will provide you sufficient information, as KAUST authors.  [We are in discussion with few other publishers, these will be announced when finalized]

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We are a signatory of the OA2020 initiative and closely monitor the recent trends and discussions about changes in scholarly communication and research publishing ecosystems.

If you need further details, or a meeting, or presentation to your team - please email us at

Discounts with Gold Open Access publishers

In January 2020 KAUST signed the first gold publishing institutional agreement with MDPI (Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute). According to this agreement, for any research or review article where at least one KAUST author is an affiliated author, MPDI will grant a 10% reduction on the published APC paid by the author. KAUST authors who publish with MDPI need to make sure that a 10% discount is applied to your invoices during 2020. Affiliated authors also receive a 10% discount on charges associated with open access book publishing with MDPI (i.e., book processing charges: BPCs).

NOTE: Only one discount through is permitted per paper, and the discount cannot be combined with other available discounts (e.g., discount vouchers, or society membership discounts).

A list of current APC charges is available at

KAUST signed an open access publishing agreement with Frontiers which is effective from 1 July 2020 to 31 December 2021 (reference date for eligibility is the article acceptance date). Under the terms of this agreement, corresponding authors affiliated with KAUST will benefit from a 10%  discount on APCs when publishing in any of Frontiers’ open access journals. KAUST authors who publish with Frontiers need to make sure that a 10% discount is applied to their invoices. 

Authors are asked that during article submission the corresponding author’s KAUST institutional email address is used; this way the discount will be automatically applied. If another corresponding author email domain is used but KAUST is indicated as affiliation, Frontiers will verify eligibility for the discount with the KAUST Library.


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KAUST Institutional Repository

Open Access Archiving

also called “Green” Open Access

means that the published article or the final peer-reviewed manuscript (accepted version) is archived (deposited) by the author or a representative in an online repository before, alongside or after its publication. Self-archiving regulations differ between publisher’s. Normally authors have to check their publishing agreement to find out whether self-archiving is allowed. You can use KAUST Repository for that.

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