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Open access and espace: Why open access

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Green and gold

By Julien Lozelli

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What OA is and isn't

In the traditional scholarly publishing model, publishers charge the reader for access, either through a journal subscription or by pay-per-view.

Open access is...

  • online and digital
  • without cost to access
  • peer reviewed research
  • compliant with copyright legislation
  • free of access barriers created by financial, legal or technical issues

Open access is not...

  • self-publishing
  • backyard publishing
  • free or no cost publishing

Why is open access important to early career researchers?

Winners of Curtin Library’s 2016 Open Access Week competition discuss the benefits of open access publishing to early career researchers.

Why does open access matter?

In this video Associate Professor Helen Slater, Professor Erik Champion, Professor Andrew Rohl, and Dr Tama Leaver discuss why open access matters to them and their discipline. 

Why make your research open access

A significant driver behind the open access philosophy is public access to publicly funded research. Open access can provide significant benefits to the community and you and your research.

1. Open access may be a requirement of your funding agreement
The ARC and NHMRC now require that publications arising from funded research be made available in an institutional open access repository. For more information see Comply with funders’ mandates.

2. Open access could increase the impact of your research
Increasing the visibility and exposure of your research creates potential for a higher number of citations. It also creates an opportunity to reach practitioners and policy makers, who may not otherwise have access to the published research.

3. Open access will remove barriers to accessing your research
Maximising the dissemination of your research by removing cost barriers provides access to anyone with an internet connection. This can assist researchers in developing countries and ensure the public can access your findings.

Compare the publishing models

Publishing models for open access (OA) can broadly be categorised into:

  • Gold OA where the author publishes in an open access journal and the article is freely available from publisher’s website. 
  • Green OA where the author publishes a paper in any journal and then makes a version of the paper available in an open access digital research repository. 

For further information on Green OA see Add to OA repository and for information on the Gold OA models see Publish in an OA journal.

The following table highlights the main advantages and disadvantages of the various publishing models.

Does the model provide

Traditional

Gold (paid)

Gold (free)

Delayed

Hybrid

Green

Immediate, free access for reader?

No

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Varies

Open access to published version?

No

Yes

Yes

Yes -
after embargo

Yes

Varies -
generally No

No cost publishing for the author?

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Compliance with funders mandates?

Varies

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes