Open Access Publishing
- What is open access?
- Benefits of open access
- Open access publishing models
- Institutional policies and mandates
- Creative Commons licensing
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.
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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.
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.
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
- 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
- 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: https://royalsociety.org/journals/librarians/subscribe/read-and-publish/
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:
- Our Copyright and Copyright Transfer Agreements page gives information on how copyright applies to publishing research
- Sherpa Romeo lists the copyright policies of many journals and publishers
- You can also check the publisher’s website for their latest copyright policy
Be aware of fraudulent or predatory publishing in the open access environment - check for fraudulent or predatory journals and publishers
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 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:
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Last updated on Wednesday 16 June 2021
Publish Your Research Tool Kit
Journal Metrics, Ranking, and Lists
- Google Scholar Metrics
- Scopus Journal Metrics
- SJR (SCImago Journal Rank)
- Other ranking tools that supplement Scopus & SJR
- Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory
- Choose and Apply a Creative Commons Licence
- Directories of open access publications and repositories:
Directory of Open Access Repositories (OpenDOAR)
Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB)
- Massey Research Online
- Massey Symplectic Elements
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