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Open Access: Get started

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, the UQ Open Access for Research Outputs Policy and the issues associated with policy and funding mandate compliance. It is intended for staff and students of The University of Queensland.

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.'

For further information go to UQ eSpace FAQ's.

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. Examples of gold Open Access titles include Public Library of Science (PLoS) and BioMed Central journals.

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.

Open Access myths?

Director of the Harvard University Open Access Project Peter Suber debunks some common open access myths in “Open Access: Six Myths to Put to Rest” in The Guardian. Read his book Open Access.

Watch UQ Librarys' Scholarly Publishing Videos for further information about Open Access .

Video: Open Access for UQ researchers

Open Access essentials

Open Access Essentials

Open Access Essentials at The University of Queensland (UQ), by the Scholarly Communication and Digitisation Services, UQ Library