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Deposit or self-archive published or unpublished works in Victoria's Research Archive - Te Puna Rangahau, or subject archives like arXiv.orgSSRN  and RePeC, enabling free access.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. Use the dissemin service to search for copies of your papers in open repositories and identify those that cannot be accessed.

Gold or Hybrid OA

Publish in a gold (fully OA) or hybrid journal. Check the DOAJ and SHERPA/RoMEO for journal options and pay attention to details of article processing charges (APCs) or fees (APFs). If you find a gap in OA journals for an area of research? Consider establishing 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.

Reputable OA Journals

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