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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 via repositories.

The Fair Open Access Principles

Open Access in Aotearoa: a brief guide by Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand - now Tohatoha Aotearoa Commons.

Australasian Open Access Strategy Group: supported by New Zealand and Australian Institutions with a commitment to Open Access.

Open Access Week 2020 - October 19-25: "Open with Purpose" - view recorded presentations.

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