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

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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 published 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

Open access through Research Repository

Important note: If a publisher is not listed here, you can still make your research article open access without paying an article processing charge to a publisher. You are required, as per KAUST’s open access policy, to submit the "author accepted manuscript" version of your article to KAUST’s research repository and University Library will make it available to the world according to the publisher's policies with a link to the original article and DOI. You can also deposit associated datasets to the research repository with a DOI registration. The Library has improved the Repository services with integrations to several systems, tools, search engines and now this has the highest download rate with a global user base.