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Open Access (OA) Publishing: About Open Access

Open Access (OA) literature is available free online, and without most copyright and licensing restrictions.

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Support for open access

The Australian Open Access Support Group (AOASG) exists to advocate for open access for research in Australia, increase awareness of importance of open access, correspond with publishers on open access, share knowledge and experience, and provide an Australian voice to interact with other international organisations.

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What is open access (OA) publishing?

Open access refers to free online access to scholarly information on the internet. Material (within copyright) can be deposited into an institutional or subject repository, and/or published in an open access journal.

An overview of open access is available on the Library homepage.

'Gold' open access

Gold OA publishing is when authors publish in an open access journal.  In some cases, the publisher charges the author’s institution or funding body an Article Processing Charge (APC).

'Green' open access

Green OA (self-archiving) is when authors deposit a version of their published work into a subject-based repository or an institutional repository. Every university in Australia has a repository for this purpose.

'Hybrid' open access

'Hybrid' open access generally refers to immediate open access to papers in subscription-based journals where the author/author’s institution pays to have their particular article made freely available online, while the rest of the journal is only available by subscription.

How open access is mandated

Both ARC and NHMRC policies require that any publications arising from an [ARC/NHMRC] supported research project must be deposited into an open access institutional repository within a twelve (12) month period from the date of publication. Visit the Researchers tab on the Library homepage and the AOASG website for further details.

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