Open access

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

Open access research at Victoria University of Wellington

Open access (OA)

Open access (OA) refers to publishing research and data to provide unrestricted access in commercial and non-commercial sources. Material is shared through Creative Commons licences, often the Attribution CC-BY licence allowing the reuse and distribution of material, and requiring attribution to the original creator. Open access includes journal articles, books, chapters, artwork and images, data and software code. Open data enables the sharing and reuse of research data. 

University OA Policy and Guidelines

  • Open Access Policy
    The purpose of this policy is to provide details to the University's researchers and academics on the open dissemination of our scholarly research output - online, world-wide and free of charge. This is fundamental to the University’s drive to be a global leader in discovery, innovation, impact and thought leadership.
  • Open Access Guidelines
    The purpose of these guidelines is to assist in compliance with the Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington Open Access Policy.

Advantages of OA publishing

Credible OA publications are peer-reviewed, with editorial standards. Some benefits can include:

  • reducing cost barriers to research
  • expediting wider sharing of research and related data
  • faster publication and increased visibility of research
  • providing public access to publicly funded research
  • an increase in citations, both scholarly and alternative

Delegates at the Communication Strategies for Open Research conference (CISPC) 2019 offer opinions on what open research means to them and their institutions.