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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.

Key Statistics
See below for a snapshot of "highest downloads" from Oct. 2017 - Oct. 2018

 or find other OAR statistics of interest to you...

873,213 downloads of 4,489 items  


Saxby Pridmore (2006), Download of Psychiatry


Saxby Pridmore (Psychology)

Mark Wickham (TSBE)

Kim Lehman (TSBE)


Janssen, V (2012)'Indirect tracking of drop bears using GNSS technology'Australian Geographer, vol. 43, no. 4 , pp. 445-452   



Vince, J and Hardesty, BD (2016), 'Plastic pollution challenges in marine and coastal environments: from local to global governance', Restoration Ecology, doi: 0.1111/rec.12388 

>1,100 downloads over 530, March 2018 - May 2018