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Open Access

Your guide to making your research outputs FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reuseable).


Can OA improve impact?

By increasing the visibility and accessibility of your research outputs you enable more people to engage with your research.  With more engagement, greater impact may be achieved.   

"What Open Access does is to maximise audience size so that articles that are worthy of citing

stand the maximum chance of being seen by anyone who might have reason to cite them."

Swan, Alma (2012) Policy Guidelines for the Development and Promotion of Open Access, UNESCO, p.29.


"There is an interesting relationship between altmetrics and open access. One could even refer to altmetrics as open metrics. This is firstly due to the fact that altmetrics data uses open sources. Altmetrics services access and aggregate the impact of a research artefact, normally via an application programming interface (API) made available by the source. Altmetrics services in turn provide APIs for embedding altmetrics into institutional repositories or third-party systems. Secondly, open access research outputs that are themselves promoted via social web applications enjoy higher visibility and accessibility than those published within the commercial scholarly communication model, increasing the prospect of public consumption and engagement.

Altmetrics (also known as article level metrics or ALMs) are seen as complementary to open access."


Learn more about altmetrics... 

Impact and the University of Tasmania Open Access Repository (OAR)

You can track altmetric and download statistics for each of your research outputs deposited in the OAR.

Snapshot of "highest downloads" January 2020 - November 2020

964,960 downloads of 2,927 items  


Saxby Pridmore (2006), Download of Psychiatry



Kim Lehman (2008), Museums and marketing in the electronic age 


Saxby Pridmore (Psychology) - 22,275 downloads

Kerryn Butler-Henderson (Digital Innovation in Health & Health Pedagogy) - 8,097 downloads

Joseph Crawford (Tasmanian Institute of Learning & Teaching) - 7, 728 downloads


Crawford, J, Butler-Henderson, K, Rudolph, J, Malkawi, B, Glowatz, M, Burton, R, Magni, P and Lam, S 2020 , COVID-19: 20 countries' higher education intra-period digital pedagogy responsesJournal of Applied Learning & Teaching, vol. 3, no. 1 , pp. 1-20 , doi: 10.37074/jalt.2020.3.1.7.