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Open Access: Overview

Getting Started with Open Access

What is Open Access (OA)?  

Why should you know about it?  

How can you make your scholarly works openly accessible?  

What is Open Access?

Open Access (OA) enables free, online access to full-text information.  

OA removes barriers such as:

  • price, including subscriptions, licensing fees, pay-per-view fees or 
  • permission  e.g. copyright and licensing restrictions. 

OA Terminology

Within the context of Open Access, you'll come across a range of new terms.  

Who benefits from Open Access?

Open access...

  • accelerates the research and discovery process
  • avoids the duplication of research efforts
    • leading to increased returns on investment & savings in expenditure
  • enhances opportunities for multi-disciplinary research, inter-institutional and inter-sectorial collaborations;
  • provides broader and faster opportunities for adoption and commercialisation of research findings
    • improving potential for the emergence of new industries based on scientific information
  • can increase openness and transparency
    • contributing to better policy-making
    • ultimately benefits society and citizens

Source: Horizon2020 Fact Sheet

How can you achieve Open Access?

There are two main ways to deliver open access to publications:

Green Open Access - add scholarly works to an OA repository.  The University of Tasmania Open Access Policy supports Green OA.

Gold Open Access - publish in OA journals


The University of Tasmania Open Access Policy commenced in August 2017. Researchers will be advised once an official implementation date has been set by the Office for Research Services.