What is Open Access Publishing?

Open Access publications operate on the principle that the content is free and available to all internet users. The goal of Open Access is to advocate the dissemination of knowledge broadly and freely from technological and economic restraints and to promote better management of laws for research outputs. Traditionally institutions pay for access via a subscription fee to gain access to publications.

Open Access means that your research is freely accessible to anyone via the Internet. Open Access literature is free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. There are two primary vehicles for delivering Open Access to research publications: OA journals and OA archives or OA repositories.

By publishing in an open access journal, and archiving in an open access repository, you have the potential to:

  • Increase readership by reaching a wider potential audience than subscriber-restricted journals
  • Increase the visibility of your research by making your articles easier to find and use
  • Shorten the delay between acceptance and publication

By making research outputs available via open access, you increase the number of readers. Therefore, you may increase the number of researchers who cite your research. Some open access journals charge publishing fees to cover their costs. You may need to consider these costs when estimating research overheads and/or submitting grant applications. Reputable open access publishers will even waiver the cost for authors who do not have funds to cover publication fees.

More information is available here: http://libraryguides.griffith.edu.au/content.php?pid=220206&sid=2249695

Griffith University will be supporting Open Access Week 22-28 October, 2012