What is Open Access Publishing?

Open Access (OA) publications operate on the principle that the content is free and available to all internet users.

The goal of OA 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.

OA means that your research is freely accessible to anyone via the Internet. OA is literature is also free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.

There are two primary vehicles for delivering OA to research publications: OA journals and OA archives or OA repositories.

By publishing in an open access journal, and archiving in an OA 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 OA, you increase the number of readers. Therefore, you may increase the number of researchers who cite your research. Some OA 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 on how to get published is available on the Griffith Research Guides website.

Griffith University will be supporting Open Access Week 22-28 October, 2012 – stay tuned for more updates!

One Comment on “What is Open Access Publishing?”

  1. allsirstaff says:

    Great to hear Griffith is participating in Open Access Week. Look forward to the next update 🙂

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