4 ways to open your research


Open access, strictly defined, means research outputs that are free of restrictions on access and use. It has expanded from research articles and papers, to include open data, books, software and many other formats. Benefits of open access include that it can:

  • Increase the academic and societal impact of research
  • Improve public policy and decision making
  • Allow academics in parts of the world that cannot afford expensive journal subscriptions to access research
  • Allow transparency of research

So, how can you make your research more open?

1. Publish in an open access journal

There are many open access journals to choose from, and journal evaluation services like Scimago and InCites Journal Citation Reports include an Open Access filter so you can easily search for them alongside other features like journal impact factor and ranking. You can also consult the Directory of Open Access Journals.

If your research output is not an article there are other options. For example, Knowledge Unlatched is a publisher which provides free access to scholarly content. While the focus for Knowledge Unlatched has been social sciences from 2018 KU will accept submissions in STEM subject areas.

When choosing an open publisher we recommend the Think Check Submit website to help make that decision. Check out Griffith Library’s Strategic Publishing Guidelines for Authors or talk with your Discipline Librarian.

2. Disseminate your research outputs via Griffith Research Online (GRO)

GRO provides free online full-text versions of your journal articles, conference papers, and more, to a global audience. To make the most of GRO check your outputs are up-to-date with the Office for Research. After the Library checks copyright and publisher policies regarding open access and embargoes we will contact you directly so you can provide the right file for upload

3. Make your research data available

As well as being required by some funding agencies and publishers, making your research data available means other researchers can test and build upon your work. Use the Creative Commons licence tool to choose the most appropriate licence for your data, and select an appropriate discipline based data repository to store your datasets. For further information, consult Griffith Library’s Best Practice Data Guidelines for Researchers, attend one of our research data management workshops or talk with your Discipline Librarian.

4. Increase your online visibility

Excellent research is only one part of your story. The other part is telling people about your research, and there are many tools to do this: Griffith Experts, Google Scholar, ResearchGate, ORCID, ResearcherID and social media platforms.

There is great variation in what each of these tools offers, from publication lists and citations, to online communities connecting with experts, and showcasing experience. By building your research profile and engaging with internal and external networks you provide exposure for yourself that can potentially increase the academic impact of your research.

Effective online profiles can extend the reach of your research so that it is discoverable not only by peer academics but also industry and the general public. Use Griffith Library’s Developing your Online Research Profile module and Academic Impact guide to plan your online strategy and build an effective profile, or talk with your Discipline Librarian.

 

Open Access Week was in October, and to celebrate Griffith hosted Open Research: Four stories from Griffith, a panel discussion on the 2017 theme, “Open in order to…”. The event was hosted across three campuses, with a diverse audience of academics, HDR candidates, professional staff and librarians in attendance. Our panel of experts discussed their experience in open research, and explored the actions they take as Griffith academics to enhance their impact and benefit the community. The panel and attendees joined in an intriguing and intelligent discussion – check out the photos below!

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