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Open Access

A guide to support UQ researchers to understand the key points of Open Access as an option for publishing journal articles.


Welcome to the Open Access Research Guide. This guide provides information about Open Access publishing, options for researchers around Article Processing Charges, the UQ Open Access for Research Outputs Policy and the issues such as associated with policy and funding mandate compliance. It is intended for staff and students of The University of Queensland.

What is Open Access?

Open access (OA) refers to unrestricted online access to articles published in scholarly publications. Types of open access publications available online include articles, books and book chapters, conference papers, theses, working papers, data and images.

There are three different ways of obtaining open accessibility to scientific research results:

Self-archive an open access version  - Authors publish in the journal of their choice and archive or link to a freely available version of the manuscript in their institution's repository (UQ eSpace), or in a national repository (e.g. PubMed Central). A large percentage of publishers permit authors to archive a version of their article in an institutional repository.

Publish in an open access journal - Authors publish in Open Access journals that provide free and immediate access to the articles via the publishers web site. Authors may be required to pay an article processing charge. 

Pay to publish open access in a traditional journal - a large percentage of subscription journals offer an Open Access publishing option, where articles can be made immediately available via open access. Authors are required to pay an article processing charge.

UQ Open Access Policy

Open Access for UQ Research Outputs

The Open Access for UQ Research Outputs Policy sets out the requirements for The University of Queensland researchers to make publications arising from their research openly available via UQ’s institutional repository, UQ eSpace, as soon as possible following acceptance of the publication, taking into account any embargoes imposed by the publisher. If publishers do not allow self-archiving, UQ authors are encouraged to request that the official UQ self-archiving addendum be included in the publishing contract:

'The Author has the right to publicly archive their revised, peer-reviewed personal version of their paper on their institutional website and their personal website, provided in all cases a link to the journal article on the Publisher website is included.'

Related UQ policies:

Find Open Access journals

The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) provides an extensive index of open access journals and provides further information to assist with the selection process. The Directory aims to be comprehensive and cover all open access scientific and scholarly journals that use a rigorous quality control system and ethical practices to guarantee the content.

SCImago Journal & Country Rank is an openly available portal that includes the journals and country scientific indicators developed from the information contained in the Scopus database. These indicators can be used to assess and analyze journal and provide ranking and publishing information. Applying a few filters to this information will allow you to identify Q1 open access journals and review the details for over 3800 OA titles.

SJR User Interface


The Journal Citation Reports module within InCites (UQ Library subscription access) also allows you to evaluate and compare journal data drawn from approximately 1000 scholarly and technical open access journals and conference proceedings and titles are being regularly reviewed and added to database if deemed high quality publications. Journal Citation Reports includes virtually all specialties in the areas of science, technology, and social sciences. Information can be analysed using visualisation tools and compared against non-open access titles.