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Open Access

What is Open Access?

"Open-access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions" (Suber, 2012).

Open Access is a growing worldwide movement, focused on academic research and data. Universities and research institutions provide open access to their research outputs via repositories.

Open Access Australasia (OAA): advocates for and supports practical OA initiatives in Australia and New Zealand.

Open access in New Zealand: wiki about OA in New Zealand

Open Access Week 2021: It matters how we open knowledge: Building structural equity. Recorded sessions by OAA.

Open Access Week 2020: Open with purpose: Taking action to build structural equity and inclusion. Recorded sessions by OAA.

The Fair Open Access Principles: research outputs that are Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable .

Benefits of Open Access

  • Reaches a larger and more diverse audience, including disadvantaged communities
  • Provides faster access to research 
  • Increases the visibility and findability of research
  • Increases the impact of research, including rates of citation