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.
Open Access publishing has many benefits beyond increased citation rates. By removing access barriers such as cost, you can make your work freely available to a wider, more diverse audience, including researchers and students in disadvantaged communities.
It is important to build Open Access options into your strategic publishing plan when you start your research. These tips are designed to get you thinking about how to organise and manage your publications across the research lifecycle, from start to finish.
During the publishing process you should archive all article versions: pre-print, post-print, and published. If you are a co-author, it is critical to maintain communication with your article’s corresponding author in order to retrieve the correct version for your own personal archive.
You can deposit a post-print version (peer-reviewed, author-accepted manuscript) into Victoria University of Wellington’s Open Access Institutional Repository, free of APCs. This is known as Green Open Access: there is no cost associated with putting your work in our institutional repository. However, there is often an embargo period, set by the journal. You can use Sherpa Romeo to determine your journal’s embargo period.
Credible OA publications are peer-reviewed, with editorial standards. Some benefits can include:
Delegates at the Communication Strategies for Open Research conference (CISPC) 2019 offer opinions on what open research means to them and their institutions.