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Open Access

Why make your research open?

Make your research open in order to:

Examples of research funder requirements:

To check funder's policies go to:

Types of Open Access

Publish your research in an open access (OA) journal and/or in an open repository:

Fully open journals: 

  • All articles are open access
  • Business models vary, but most require payment of an article processing charge (APC)
  • Also known as 'gold' OA
     

Hybrid journals: 

  • Some articles require a subscription to read
  • Some  articles are open access
  • All hybrid journals require payment of an APC.
  • Sometimes described as 'authors choice'
     

Institution journals:

  • All articles are open access
  • All articles are free to publish
  • Journals are supported by institutions, such as universities.
  • Also known as 'diamond' OA
     

Open repositories: ('Green OA')

  • All articles are open access
  • All articles are free to archive
  • Deposit the author accepted version of the published work (check publisher policies)
  • Includes university repositories and discipline specific repositories.


Note: There are also some freely available journals in which articles have no open license (and are therefore not fully open access).  The articles may only be openly available for a limited time.  This is sometimes known as 'Bronze' open access. 

Useful resources

Open licenses

  • Creative Commons: find information on license options to make your research open access

Publisher Policies

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

AUT guides

Evaluate publishers

  • Think, check, submit: Evaluate open access publishers to avoid publishing in poor quality or predatory journals or books.