Generation Open: Open Access Week 20 October – 26 October

  • Griffith University celebrates Open Access Week, an international event

Open lock ©Jisc and Matt Lincoln CC BY-NC-ND

Open lock ©Jisc and Matt Lincoln

Open access enables the sharing of knowledge by making research results freely available to anyone with an internet connection.

Open access can raise your research profile and increase your citation rates

Open access has many benefits. Disseminating research through open access channels brings your research to a wider audience than subscriber-restricted publications. This increases the visibility of your research and makes your articles easier to find, which can lead to an increased citation rate when published in open access repositories. Importantly, practitioners and policymakers can access your work, whereas when it’s behind a paywall they’re less likely to.

Griffith Research Online (GRO) is an institutional repository for published research material. It is open access and viewed by people all around the world. Indexed by google and google scholar it allows for your research to be found through search engines. GRO provides valuable statistics on every item published, such as the number of views and downloads and from which countries. These statistics can be a valuable indicator of the impact your research is having in your field and raises your profile by giving merit to the impact of your work rather than the journal in which it is published.

There is evidence that open access publication results in increased citation rates. It has been coined the ‘Open Access Citation Advantage’ and is believed to be the result of many factors such as:

  • Open access articles are downloaded significantly more and are therefore cited more; and
  • Open access articles are in competition with non-open access articles and as they are more accessible than non-open access articles they can be used and cited more.

In the UK an academic sought to quantify the results of publishing her research in an institution repository and actively promoting the research via blogs and twitter. She proved an increase in downloads and dissemination of her research. In Australia QUT academic, Ray Frost, demonstrably improved his citation rate as a result of making his work open access.

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Open access textbooks and other educational resources allow students to access knowledge without the restrictions imposed by the Copyright Act. In addition it can reduce textbook costs for students to zero. In the United States 31% of students do not register for a course they’re interested in because of the textbook cost. That’s a loss for society as well as for that individual. 1 A ‘Textbook Zero’ model has been successfully piloted in the United States with Tidewater Community College launching a ‘Textbook Zero degree’ developed by Lumen Learning. Other educational institutions have incorporated open educational resources into their courses, cutting textbook costs and improving student success. 1, 2

Griffith’s Library has over 31,000 open access journals and over 12,000 open access books available to students through its library catalogue. Sharing knowledge is fundamental in education and open access enables sharing. Open access journals and books can be accessed and used by anyone, anywhere, anytime and direct links to open access resources can be emailed to colleagues or individuals outside of Griffith University anywhere in the world for their access.

A number of webinars are being run throughout open access week. Attend these free webinars to learn more about open access and how to create and publish open access materials.

Free Webinars
Open access 101 Tuesday 21 October 12.30pm – 1.30pm AEDT Find out more and register
Funder OA policies & requirements Wednesday 22 October 12.30pm – 1.30pm AEDT Find out more and register
Understanding publisher agreements Wednesday 22 October 2:30pm – 3.15pm AEDT Find out more and register
The changing publishing landscape Thursday 23 October 12.30pm – 1.30pm AEDT Find out more and register