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Open Access Publishing Options at KAUST: Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)

Transforming scholarly communication and research publishing landscape.

Read and Publish Agreement with RSC

During 2019–2021, research and review articles accepted by below listed RSC journals where a KAUST affiliated author is the corresponding author, the article can be published Open Access. Please follow these steps.

  • While submitting articles, corresponding authors must use the KAUST work email (domain to be identified by RSC.
  • After the article acceptance, authors will get notification about the OA option. If they choose the OA option, their article will be published OA in RSC journals.
  • Authors can opt-out and decide not to provide Open Access to their article if they wish to do so.
  • In both cases, KAUST authors will not be subject to any additional costs like Article Processing Charges (APC).


This agreement will only support KAUST authors to make their accepted article Open Access, without any extra payment or administrative process. Author(s) are still responsible for all publishing-related activities, including preparing the manuscript and correspondence during the publication process with the publisher, reviewers or co-authors, as usual.

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You can also read RSC  Press Release

List of RSC Journals covered

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.