Manage your research profile through open access publication

  • Bring your research more freely into the public domain through open access

Bm4aA6eCMAAg8Bt.jpg-mediumOpen Access promotes the free, immediate, online access to peer-reviewed scholarly research, theses, scholarly monographs and book chapters, and the right to use and re-use them.

The benefits of open access, including increased citation rates, were explored in a recent article. This article focuses on how to make your research openly accessible.

How to make your research available as open access?

There are two main ways to make research open access:

  1. Depositing work in an institutional and/or publications repository with an open licence.

Griffith Research Online (GRO) is Griffith’s institutional repository for published research material. It is open access and viewed by people all around the world. To place your work in GRO please refer to the GRO website.

Did you know that:

  • The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and Australian Research Council (ARC) require any publication arising from NHMRC or ARC supported research to be deposited into an open access institutional repository within a twelve month period from the date of publication. 1
  • More than 74% of journal publishers now allow you to deposit a copy of the accepted manuscript in an institutional repository. 2
  • Search services like Google Scholar and the National Library of Australia’s Trove harvest information from Australian repositories. You only need to deposit your work to be promoted through all these different channels.
  • More than 60,000 Australian theses have been deposited in institutional repositories and harvested by Trove. The theses are widely used – the Griffith Digital Theses Collection is viewed over 3000 times every month.
  1. Publishing in open access journals.

Did you know that:

  • In 2013, more than 13% of the journal articles published by Griffith researchers were in open access journals.
  • The Directory of Open Access Journals contains over 10,008 journals which can only be included if peer-review or editorial quality control is exercised. 3
  • Most of the open access journals published by Australian universities are fully open access and do not charge publication fees.
  • Journal participation in PubMedCentral (PMC), the largest open access archive, is increasing at the rate of 15% per year. PMC journals providing immediate free access is growing by 20% per year, and journals with all articles open access is increased at a 17% annual rate. 4

Help with open access publication

Information Services provides extensive services to assist academics and students with open access.

Advisory services

  • Library Services provides advice on publishing strategy including open access journals and repositories. It works with staff to identify open educational resources that can be used in courses.
  • Information Management provides advice on funding agency mandates for open access publications, troubleshooting copyright issues with publishers in the context of open access, open licensing frameworks and how they relate to copyright, creating your own open access journal and a range of other publications-focused topics.
  • eResearch Services provides advice on open access to research data.

Technical solutions

INS develops and maintains repositories at Griffith that support open access including:

  • Griffith Research Online provides access to research publications.
  • Theses Collection, containing 2,172 higher degree by research theses, out of which 92% is available as open access with full text.
  • Research Data Repository makes data accessible via a web browser.
  • ePress helps researchers publish their own journals using an open source journal management and publishing software including the high-profile peer-reviewed publication, Pneumonia.

Policy and Guidelines

For further information on how to publish in open access channels, and relevant policies, please see the Open Access website at



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