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Open Access Publishing

What is Open Access?

Open access (OA) refers to content which is made freely available on the public Internet. It removes barriers to access and reuse.  While the traditional subscription model of publishing locks knowledge behind paywalls,  Open Access works on the premise that publicly funded research should be publicly available. Scholarly OA journals comply with well-established peer-review processes and maintain high publishing standards.

More about OA:

Benefits of Open Access

Open access benefits you as a researcher by increasing the reach and impact of your research. It also benefits many other people including those beyond the traditional scholarly communications ecosystem, such as practitioners, journalists and the general public.

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Further benefits of open access

Open Access Publishing Models

Gold Open Access Publishing

In Gold open access publishing the publisher makes the article available on its website. Gold open access publishing usually involves a fee called an article processing charge (APC). APCs vary widely between publishers and journals. 

If you wish to make your work open access through the Gold model, you will need to arrange payment of the article processing charge (APC). Please note that the Library is not funded to pay APCs for Massey University researchers.

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)

Transformative Agreements

Transformative Agreements provide a new way to get Gold open access without researchers being charged. The Library pays the publisher an annual “publish and read” fee so that:

  • Massey staff and students can read the journals (as per the usual subscription model), and
  • Massey researchers can have their articles made freely and openly available to anyone (Open Access) without having to pay Article Processing Charges (APCs).

Here is a list of the agreements Massey is currently party to:

The Biochemical Society journals

  • Biochemical Journal
  • Bioscience Reports (fully OA)
  • Clinical Science
  • Neuronal Signaling (fully OA)
  • Biochemical Society Transactions
  • Emerging Topics in Life Sciences
  • Essays in Biochemistry

The Microbiology Society journals

  • Microbiology
  • Journal of General Virology
  • Journal of Medical Microbiology
  • International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
  • Microbial Genomics (fully OA)
  • Access Microbiology (fully OA)

CSIRO selected journals (for 2021)

  • Animal Production Science
  • Australian Journal of Chemistry
  • Crop and Pasture Science
  • Marine and Freshwater Research
  • Pacific Conservation Biology
  • Reproduction, Fertility and Development
  • Soil Research
  • Wildlife Research

CSIRO (in 2022 the R&P agreement will include all 15 CSIRO owned journals, plus 2 Society journals)
List of Journals in 2022 CSIRO R&P agreement:

  • Animal Production Science
  • Australian Journal of Botany
  • Australian Journal of Chemistry
  • Australian Journal of Zoology
  • Australian Systematic Botany
  • Crop and Pasture Science
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Functional Plant Biology
  • Invertebrate Systematics
  • Marine and Freshwater Research
  • Pacific Conservation Biology
  • Reproduction, Fertility and Development
  • Sexual Health
  • Soil Research
  • Wildlife Research

2 Society journals in 2022 CSIRO agreement:

  • Australian Journal of Primary Health
  • Historical Records of Australian Science

Company of Biologists (See information about their read and publish agreements and a step by step guide for corresponding authors)

  • Development
  • Journal of Cell Science
  • Journal of Experimental Biology

If you are an author intending to publish in one of these, contact the publisher for more information.

Royal Society Read and Publish 2021 Pilot Agreement

  • All 10 Royal Society Journals
    Includes unlimited publishing to any Royal Society journal, via the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 (CC-BY) licence.
    Authors, when submitting articles: Select "Massey University" from the list of institutions that participate in Read & Publish agreements. That in combination with your Massey email address will confirm to the Royal Society that no APC is to be charged.
    For further information see: 

Green Open Access Archiving

In Green open access (also known as self-archiving), the author publishes their article in any journal then places a version of their article in an open access specialist or institutional repository.

Massey Research Online (MRO) is Massey's institutional repository. 

Find out How to Get Your Research Into MRO

For Green OA there is not usually a fee but the publisher may impose an embargo period. The publisher may also set conditions on which version of the article may be made available.

To find out the Green (or self-archiving) conditions for a journal check out the following:

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
Directory of Open Access Repositories (OpenDOAR)

Be aware of fraudulent or predatory publishing in the open access environment - check for fraudulent or predatory journals and publishers

Institutional Policies and Mandates

Massey University has no policy mandating deposit with the University of full text files with outputs. However, if you have received funding from an external source, the contract may require you to comply with open access conditions.

Creative Commons Licensing

Creative Commons is a non-profit organisation with strong ties to the open access movement.  Creative Commons provides free and easy-to-use licences that help people share their copyright works for reuse by others, on terms the authors choose.

The licenses are legally robust, and work within the boundaries of copyright law.  Authors retain copyright while allowing others to copy, distribute, and make some uses of their work. Authors also get the credit for their work because attribution is a requirement under all the licenses.

When considering a Creative Commons licence, ask yourself whether you:

  • wish to allow your work to be changed and adapted
  • want to limit how people release their remixes
  • wish to allow people to make money out of their reuse   

Six Creative Commons licences mix and match the points listed above. Creative Commons provides a tool that helps you select the appropriate licence.

Tohatoha Aotearoa Commons supports and advocates for Creative Commons in Aotearoa New Zealand. Tohatoha has made the Creative Commons licences available in te reo Māori.

This diagram summarises the permissions granted by each of the licences; more detailed information is available on the Creative Commons' Licences page:

Creative Commons Licences