There are many benefits to publishing freely accessible versions of your work. There is growing evidence that open access publishing increases research impact (whether based on traditional measures such as metrics or via other methods of measuring public engagement with research). Also, many funders require research outputs to be made openly accessible within a specified period, (for example, the Australian Research Council).
There are a range of options for making research outputs available in open access. Although much of the movement has focused on journal articles, the benefits of open access can be harnessed for a diversity of outputs.
Hybrid publishing is where subscription publications provide open access to individual articles for a fee paid by the author.
Publication of research outputs through an open access repository is known as “self-archiving”. Some subscription-based journals and publishers allow authors to self-archive copies of their published articles, often under certain conditions. These may include that only pre-print and/or post-print versions of an article may be made available or an embargo period may apply.
Publication in open access journals is often referred to as “gold” open access. Making outputs available through repositories is known as the “green” open access model.
There are lots of different options available:
Publishing data has many benefits for researchers and is mandated by some funding bodies and journals. Data can be published throughout the research lifecycle, providing opportunities for other researchers to validate or reuse your data while crediting you. It can also showcase and increase the visibility of your research.
Read more about publishing research data.
|Journal article||Open Library of Humanities||Journal articles are often made Open Access to increase their discoverability.|
|Book||This directory gives details of books that are published and are Open Access. Searches can be performed in the directory.|
|Data||Australian Ocean Data Network||This network provides open access to Australian marine and climate science data through a dedicated online portal.|
|Code||Code Ocean||The sharing of code is becoming more common. A range of disciplines–from computer science to bioinformatics–use this option.|
|Animation||Visualising Angkor||Less traditional research (in areas such as the visual arts) is being shared more frequently through open access methods, helping to promote the research.|