Open Access Week is here!

Banner promoting Open Access Week 21-27 October

  • Open Access Week: 21-27 October

Griffith University is celebrating Open Access Week with the launch of a website to help researchers improve their profile through Open Access. It includes links to sources of evidence about the benefits of open access, advice on how to openly license your work, when not to license your work, videos and other resources.

Firstly, what are the key benefits to you as a Researcher or Research Manager to opening access to your work?

Sharing knowledge is fundamental to education and open access enables sharing. Research outputs, supporting data and learning materials underpin University activity. They influence the external perception of the University and consequently funding, reputation and attractiveness to students. Making your materials openly available to the public and your peers will deliver significant benefits to the broader community, with flow-on social and economic effects nationally and worldwide. The University of Manchester has identified the benefits of open access for Researchers, the University, Research Managers, and the public worldwide. Sure, it takes a few extra minutes to structure your research and organise it so that it can be made openly available, but the benefits do outweigh the challenges. Two key benefits are:

Open access improves your research profile.

Open access helps improve your research profile by increasing the visibility of your research, making it easier to find and read, which can lead to an increased citation rate when depositing in open access repositories.

It can also be used as an indicator of the impact your research is having in your field, helping to identify who is reading your work and where your research is being accessed from around the world. This improves your profile by giving merit to the impact of your work rather than the journal in which it is published.

Open access improves citation rates

Griffith Research Online content is viewed by people in over 220 countries around the world!

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. Many studies show that open access improves citation impact.

Most open access repositories are harvested by Google Scholar and indexed by search engines like Google, Yahoo and Bing. This increases the visibility of your research by making your articles easier to find and use and shorten the delay between acceptance and publication.

For more information about open access, read our previous post.