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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 depository 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.

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

Open Access Journals

Publish your research in an open access journal:

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

Platinum Open Access: journals that are free for authors to publish in and freely accessible online. Some of these journals ask for a minimal processing fee. Platinum OA journals are usually funded by non-profit organisations (e.g. universities) or by donations.

Remember to evaluate the journal and beware of predatory publishers:

See our Choose a journal page for more information on evaluating academic journals for publishing your research.