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Strategic Publishing

How to make your Curtin publication OA

Curtin University is committed to supporting open research, scholarship and knowledge.

Curtin’s Authorship, Peer Review and Publication of Research Outputs Policy and Procedures require that all refereed journal articles, conference papers and theses be made openly available after publication. In addition, ALL research outputs are encouraged to be made openly available, where possible.

Open access may be facilitated through:

  • espace – Curtin’s institutional repository.
  • other repositories such as  arXiv for physics, PubMed Central for biomedical and life sciences, RePEc for economics or the Social Science Research Network. For a full list of repositories you can search the OPenDOAR database.
  • open access journals (gold or hybrid) – note that, with the exception of the agreements listed below, Curtin University does NOT provide funding for Article Processing Charges (APC’s). These costs must be factored in to funding applications or paid for by authors.

Library support for OA publishing

Curtin University Library is an active supporter of Open and FAIR practices - learn more on our Open Research webpage.

While there is no central fund to help Curtin authors cover costs associated with OA publishing, the Library is actively working to facilitate fee-free or discounted OA publishing for Curtin authors.

We can assist Curtin authors with:

  • APC-free publishing in a range of quality journals through "read and publish" agreements.
  • 10% discount on APC's and BPC's across all MDPI journals.
  • 15% discount on APC's for Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) publications for 2022.
  • 12.5% discount on Elsevier hybrid journal APC's for 2022.
  • Making your research data openly available by publishing to the Curtin Research Data Collection.

For more detail on any of these arrangements contact


Read and publish agreements

"Read and publish" agreements with a growing number of major publishers allow Curtin authors to publish open access in the journals the Library subscribes to with no additional APC’s. 

These agreements are negotiated agreement between a publisher and an institution for access to journal content. The library continues to pay a subscription, but the subscription cost also covers open access publishing by the institution’s researchers. You can read more about this on the Library blog.

The Library currently has arrangements with the following publishers - click on the titles for full details.

Please note that not all titles are included in these agreements. For example, Nature titles are excluded from the Springer-Nature Agreement. Please check the pages above for title lists by publisher.

Library support for Open Infrastructure

Curtin Library commits part of its budget to support open services and infrastructure, acknowledging that this support is crucial in ensuring a sustainable and equitable open ecosystem. Currently we support various initiatives including Sherpa ROMEO, DOAJ, and Open Citations through SCOSS (the Global Sustainability Coalition for Open Science Services) as facilitated by CAUL (Council of Australian University Librarians).