Open Access refers to the use of digital technology to make access to publicly-funded research results, freely and widely available to anyone with an internet connection.
Some forms of Open Access remove the barriers created by subscription paywalls where research results are only available via a subscription.
Benefits of OA:
For Open Access FAQs see the Monash University Research Office
Open Access: An Analysis of Publisher Copyright and Licensing Policies in Europe, 2020
This report investigates the copyright retention policy amongst publishers, self-archiving policies and records publisher policies on open licensing, also as relating to the Plan S requirements. It should be understood as a snapshot in time informing on the current policy status.
|Green Open Access or Self Archiving||Gold Open Access|
Researchers submit to a journal and then self-archive their author manuscript in an Institutional Repository like the Monash myResearcher (Pure) Repository.
Check SHERPA/ROMEO to see publisher embargo restrictions on when a self-archived output in a repository may be made open access.
Monash researchers do not need to pay additional fees to make articles Green Open Access.
Researchers publish in Open Access journals which usually involves a fee for providing freely available immediate access to the final version of the article. Hybrid Open Access occurs when a journal typically requires a subscription but will provide Gold Open Access to an article if the author pays a fee.
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The Open Access Button will search across the web for a freely accessible full-text version of an article
You get instant, legal access to articles and request articles that aren’t available.
Unpaywall The browser extension for Firefox and Chrome, adds a green tab beside research articles that you can read for free.
Who owns Copyright in open access journal articles?
What is the difference between a journal article that is free and one that is open?
Are OA journals peer reviewed?
More information is available from:
OpenDOAR is an authoritative directory of academic open access repositories.
WAME (World Association of Medical Editors)
Global non-profit voluntary association of editors of peer-reviewed medical journals.
COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics)
Membership is open to editors of academic journals and others interested in publication ethics
OASPA (Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association)
The mission of OASPA is to support and represent the interests of open access journal and book publishers globally in all scientific technical and scholarly disciplines
QOAM (Quality Open Access Market)
A marketplace for scientific and scholarly journals which publish articles in open access. These journals are quality scored based on academic crowd sourcing.
SHERPA/ROMEO lists publisher copyright and self-archiving policies. Listings also indicate whether or not the publisher has a "paid access" option with direct links to the specific publisher policies on paid access.
SHERPA/FACT is a tool to help researchers check if the journals in which they wish to publish their results comply with their funder's requirements for open access to research.
SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) works to enable the open sharing of research outputs and educational materials in order to democratize access to knowledge, accelerate discovery, and increase the return on our investment in research and education.
AOASG (The Australasian Open Access Strategy Group)
For open access to all the outputs of scholarship in Australia and New Zealand.
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