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Open Access

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

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, and pay-per-view fees   

  • OA removes barriers such as copyright restrictions 

  • OA informs re-use  - e.g. via Creative Commons licenses  


Open Access provides diverse benefits for many people:

Benefits for the Public

Open Access
  • Provides access to previously unavailable materials relating to health, energy, environment, and other areas of broad interest
  • Creates a better educated populace
  • Encourages support of scientific enterprise and engagement in citizen science

Benefits for Industry

Open Access
  • Encourages innovation from cutting-edge research
  • Stimulates new ideas, new services, new products
  • Creates new opportunities for job creation

Benefits for Researchers

Open Access
  • Increases readers’ ability to find and use relevant literature
  •  Increases the visibility, readership and impact of authors' works
  • Creates new avenues for discovery in the digital environment
  •  Enhances interdisciplinary research
  •  Accelerates the pace of research, discovery and innovation

Benefits for Educational Institutions

Open Access
  • Contributes to the core mission of advancing knowledge
  • Democratises access across all institutions – regardless of size or budget
  • Provides previously unattainable access for educational institutions at primary, secondary and tertiary levels
  • Increases competitiveness of academic institutions
  • Enriches the quality of students' education
  • Ensures access to all that students need to know, rather than what they (or their school) can afford
  • Contributes to a better-educated workforce

Benefits for Research Funders

Open Access
  • Leverages return on research investment
  • Creates tools to manage research portfolio
  • Avoids funding duplicative research
  • Creates transparency
  • Encourages greater interaction with results of funded research

Achieve Open Access

There are two main ways to achieve Open Access for your publications:



Green and Gold Open Access

Green OA

Gold OA

Add scholarly works to an OA repository

Publish in OA journals

The University of Tasmania OA Policy supports Green OA




"Keep your Final, Author-created Accepted Version*  following peer-review.

This is a single very important step you can take as an individual to open up access to your refereed research publications to a wider readership."

* called Final Author Version in the University's OA policy

JISC, 2008