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Open Access and Scholarly Publishing

Find out about author rights, funder policies and the role of repositories in open access scholarly communication and publishing.

Open access

Open access defined

Open access (OA) publication provides free, open, online access to journal articles, and other scholarly outputs including conference papers, theses, monographs and book chapters.

Open access publication aims to accelerate the pace of discovery and innovation and enrich education by facilitating the worldwide communication of research and scholarship.

Open access shifts the costs of publishing so that the reader can obtain the content at no cost.

Watch "Open Access" by JISCmedia video below to gain a better understanding of open access publishing. Thise  videos are part of the series of short films about open sccess information platform made by  open-access.net.

The benefits of OA

Click to enlargeFor authors: OA raises your online presence leading to increased visibility, exposure, and impact of your research through expanded readership.

For researchers: OA provides free online access to peer-reviewed research. You are not limited by your institution’s subscriptions to a defined group of journals.

For universities: OA increases public visibility of research being undertaken at the university as it facilitates and reveals research activity, knowledge-sharing, and innovation.

The "Why open access" diagram below provides an excellent visual representation of the benefits of Open Access.

  

 

 

Image by Danny Kingsley and Sarah Brown.

Understanding OA in the academic environment

Authors interested in knowing more about the Open Access movement will find Kylie Pappalardo’s Understanding Open Access in the academic environment:  A guide for authors informative and useful. Pappalardo outlines the principles of Open Access and describes how Open Access emphasises the author’s legal rights. The benefits to dissemination and citation rates and to academic reputation are also explained. 

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Antoinette Cass

Manager, Scholarly Publications & Copyright
Phone: +61 7 5595 1523
Email: acass@bond.edu.au