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Open Access

Why make your research open?

Along with the benefits of open access, increasing numbers of research funders operate a mandate that funded research be disseminated via open access. For example:

Plan S 10 principles: scientific publications publicly funded by national and European research councils must be published open access.

Sherpa Juliet: Research Funders' Open Access Policies.

Green Open Access

Deposit your research in a repository in compliance with publisher author-archiving policies (for example, the Author's Accepted Manuscript version of your journal article).

  • Institutional repository (IR) provided by a research institution. At AUT, our research repository is part of Tuwhera Open Access.
  • Discipline-specific repository. Well-known examples include arXiv for physics and mathematics and PubMed Central for biomedical and life sciences journal literature.

Research output versions: including the Author's Accepted Manuscript.

Sherpa Romeo: find publishers' copyright and author-archiving policies.


Types of Open Access

Publish your research in an open access (OA) journal:

Gold: peer reviewed articles published in online open access journals that are free to the public. The author or the author's institution is usually required to pay an article processing charge (APC) fee.

Hybrid: subscription-based journals which allow a portion of articles to be open access - usually on payment of an APC.

Platinum: also called diamond OA. journals that are free for authors to publish in and freely accessible online. Platinum OA journals are usually funded by non-profit organisations (e.g. universities) or by donations.

Green: published version or manuscript accepted for publication, available at repository.

Bronze: published version or manuscript accepted for publication, available for temporary or permanent free access.

Open Access publishing

Evaluating journals is essential when publishing with gold OA journals. This will eliminate chances of publishing in predatory journals. Use the following resources to go through the evaluation process: