OA developed as a result of advances in technology and the desire to make research more accessible without the high costs and meeting requirement of funding bodies. The most cited advantage of publishing through OA is the discoverability of your research - making your research easier for the end user to find, without the paywall found through traditional publishing. Some funders even make it a condition of funding that information is published through OA to ensure transparency and promote further research.
There may still be costs associated with publishing in OA journals, which can vary. For more information about managing article processing charges, visit the Australasian Open Access Strategy Group website. Another method of delivering OA articles is by use of archives or repositories, including CSU Research Output (CRO).
Open Access, Where to Publish and Open Access eBooks. You can also read A very brief introduction to Open Access by Peter Suber, published on the Open Access Week website. As part of Open Access Week, the Library is running sessions on Understanding OA, which you can register for on our Consultation & Training site. There are two workshops being run on the following dates:
If you have any further questions on Open Access, or would like help finding more resources on publishing Open Access, please contact us at the Library. If you would like to get involved with Open Access Week, take a look at the workshops, seminars and presentations being held throughout October on the Open Access Week website.