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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.


OA models

There are three current approaches to Open Access publishing, known as  'Green', ‘Gold' and Gold Hybrid' models. 

Green modelGreen OA allows authors to self-archive a version of their article for free public use.This is the model used by e-publicatons@bond and other institutional and/or subject repositories where accepted authors’ manuscripts or other pre-publication versions (pre-prints, post-prints, or the ‘Authors’ version) are uploaded at no cost to the author or reader.  

Gold model: Under this model an 'Article Processing Charge' is paid by the author, the author’s institution or research funder so that the resulting paper can be made freely and openly available without the requirement for the reader to pay for access, and without the restriction of an embargo period. Gold Open Access journals make every paper freely accessible and the published papers can also generally be deposited in institutional repositories. Biomed Central journals exemplify this model.

 Gold hybrid: In this model only some of a journal's content is openly accessible.These are journals where some authors have paid to make their papers open access but other papers are published under a traditional subscription model where payment is made by subscribers. For example, under Springer's Open Choice and the Taylor & Francis Open Select options, authors can pay to have their article made freely accessible online via the publisher's website as well as being included in the print and online versions of the journal that is available to subscribers. Policies vary from publisher to publisher.


A guide to understanding the core components of OA

PLoS, SPARC and OASPA have collaborated to create a guide that identifies the core components of OA and how they are implemented across the spectrum between “Open Access” and “Closed Access”.

The guide provides an easily understandable, comprehensive, and quantifiable resource to help authors make informed decisions on where to publish based on publisher policies.

You can download brochure PDF and PowerPoint slides from here.


Copyright is an important component of Open Access.  OA journals allow authors to retain copyright, with or without a fee depending on the OA model. Copyright of a scholarly work published in a subscription only journal is signed over to the publisher by the author in the publishing contract.

If authors are familiar with their publishing contracts they will know the potential  'openness' of their work. See the Author Rights page to further understand the author's position and the available copyright and publishing options.

Most publishers will allow some form of a published article to be made openly accessible. Depending on the publisher's policy they will often allow the Submitted version (or pre-print) or Accepted version (or post-print) of a publication to be uploaded into an institutional repository.  The definitions of these terms are found below. 

Which version to submit to e-publication@bond?

Publishers have different policies on the versions of papers they will allow you to self-archive. It is important to understand terms below in defining rights/permissions you have for depositing your work in a digital repository.

  • The Submitted version is the pre-print of the manuscript, paper before peer review. This is the author's version of the article that was sent to a journal for consideration.
  • The Accepted version is the post-print of the manuscript, paper after peer-review. This is the author's version of an article that has been amended in order to reflect any revisions in the publication process.
  • The Published version: the final version as it appears in the publication.

Authors usually assign their copyright to publishers when they negotiate contracts. The SHERPA/RoMEO database provides a guide to publisher’s copyright policies and the deposit of journal articles on the web and in OA repositories. 

Research reportable publications

Each year eligible research publications from the previous calendar year are collected by the Scholarly Publications team in the Library.  The publications collected assist the University assess it research performance and become an important sub-set of any ERA collection. 

It is recommended that authors take the specifications outlined in the Research Reportable Publications guideline into consideration when choosing a journal, or conference, and ensure that it has a formal peer-review process and that affiliation to Bond University (via a by-line) is included.


The national ERA (Excellence in Research for Australia) is the system through which the Australian Research Council assesses research quality in Australia's higher education instituations using a combination of indicators such as citation profiles and peer review of research outputs.  The last ERA was submitted in early 2015.