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In This Guide:

What Is Open Access?

  • What Open Access Means
  • What's In It For You?
  • Support Open Access
  • Open Access Explained
  • AOASG Blog
  • Peter Suber On Open Access
  • Open Access Declarations & Statements
  • About This Guide



  • Copyright Transfer Forms & Open Access
  • Copyright & The UC Research Repository
  • Creative Commons Copyright Licences
  • Author's Rights Explained (AV)
  • Creative Commons Explained (AV)
  • How To Insert A © Symbol Into A Doc.


Open Access Publishing

  • How Can I Publish Open Access?
  • Open Access Publishers & Directories
  • Predatory Publishing
  • Academic Publishing Explained (AV)
  • How To Use The DOAJ (AV)
  • Commentary (Articles)
  • Scopus & Open Access
  • Open Access Publishing Myths


Open Access Repositories

  • Institutional Repositories
  • Subject Repositories
  • Institutional Repositories - Increasing Visibility & Impact of Research (AV)
  • Finding Institutional Repositories


UC Research Repository

  • UC Research Repository
  • Benefits of Depositing Your Work
  • How do I Get My Publications Into the UC Research Repository?
  • Open Access & Social Media (AV)
  • Which Full Text Version?
  • Is UC Research Repository Content Discoverable Via Google?
  • Copyright & The UC Research Repository


 Funding Mandates

  • OA Mandates In Australia
  • NHMRC Funding Mandate
  • ARC Funding Mandate
  • Repository Deposit Procedure For Both ARC & NHMRC
  • Policy Compliance Tree (Image)
  • ARC & NHMRC Funding Mandate Discussion At ANU 2013 (AV)
  • Australian Funders Policies
  • Overseas Funders Policies


Data Management

  • Intersect
  • Data Management Plans 
  • Research Grant Applications & Data Management
  • Data Management Resources
  • Research Data Resources
  • Data Sharing & Management (AV)
  • Australian Code For The Responsible Conduct of Research
  • Copyright & Data
  • How to Cite Datasets & Link To Publications
  • Related UC Policies



  • Glossary
  • Where Good Ideas Come From (AV)


Contact Information

  • Murray Turner - Health, Arts & Design
  • Sevilay Esat - Business, Government & Law, ESTEM
  • Terri Landford - UC Research Repository


Open Access News & Resources

  • Resources
  • News



    What Open Access Means

    Open Access (OA) is the idea that publically funded research should make its outcomes accessible for the public to see.

    OA journals are often peer-reviewed.

    They are published the same way as standard journals.

    The costs of producing and distributing are shifted from those who want to access the material, to those who produce the material. Often this is paid for from grant funds or the institution may provide an open access repository.


    • More exposure for your work

    • Practitioners can apply your findings

    • Your research can influence policy

    • Complies with grant rules

    • Researchers in developing countries can see your work

                                                               (CC-BY Danny Kingsley & Sarah Brown)


    OA has three main components:

    1. Author(s) retain copyright

    2. Author(s) grant permission for others to access and distribute the work

    3. The work is made available for free online


    What's In It For You?

    Open Access makes research results freely available to anyone with an internet connection rather than keeping those results hidden behind a subscription paywall.

    Open Access exposes your research to a wider audience and makes it easier for other researchers to find and cite it.


    In the real world

    There are thousands of OA journals, but some journals and publishers are more open than others; some are hybrid offering select articles as OA, while others are less open again. This spectrum of publishing options is charted in  'HowOpenIsIt'.

    Signing a copyright transfer agreement with a publisher does not necessarily stop an author from making their work open access as there are two different approaches to Open Access Publishing, known as "Gold" and "Green" publishing. The Open Access Publishing page in this guide has more information on these.



    Open Access Explained


    Australian Open Access Support Group (AOASG) Blog

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    Peter Suber On Open Access

    Introductory writings about open access by advocate Peter Suber

    • Open Access (e-Book)
      MIT Press, 2012, PDF format
    • Open Access Overview
      This is an introduction to open access (OA) for those who are new to the concept. I hope it's short enough to read, long enough to be useful, and organized to let you skip around and dive into detail only where you want detail.

    About This Guide

    This guide was developed by the University of Canberra Library staff.

    In preparing this guide information was gathered from numerous Open Access guides available in this area. Our thanks go to our colleagues in the Open Access community, especially the University of Western Australia.

    Under LibGuide agreements the material in this guide can be shared by the LibGuide community. The material may also be re-used for non-commercial purposes beyond LibGuides however we ask for acknowledgement and notification from the user.


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