Open access

This guide provides information about open access publishing and sharing research data.

OA options for researchers

  • Green OA: deposit or self-archive published or unpublished works in Victoria's Research Archive - Te Puna Rangahau, or subject archives like arXiv.orgSSRN  and RePeC, enabling free access. Check SHERPA/RoMEO to determine publisher policies on self-archiving: pre-print (pre-peer review version), post-print (post-peer review) or publisher PDF
  • Gold OA: publish in a hybrid OA/subscription journal, or a fully OA journal. Check the DOAJ and SHERPA/RoMEO for journal options and details of article processing charges (APCs) or fees (APFs)
  • Use the dissemin service to search for copies of your papers in open repositories and identify those that cannot be accessed.
  • Establish an open access journal using Victoria's Open Journal Systems
  • Many funders require or encourage open access publishing, archiving and/or data archiving as a condition of grant allocations. Search SHERPA/JULIET by country or funder name to determine policies.

When selecting an OA journal in which to publish, identify reputable publishers:

  • ​look for a review history, an established publisher or society, endorsements by reputable researchers (check DOAJPublons journal list)
  • be wary of less reputable open access publishers, predatory or unethical, with limited editorial services or peer review. 
  • check journal websites for peer review practices and article processing charges
  • review a journal's editorial board
  • find out if and where a journal is indexed by searching Ulrichsweb