Open access and publishing

Open access allows researchers and their institutions to provide free open access to the results of publicly funded research. 

Deakin University is committed to providing open access wherever possible through Deakin Research Online as

  • depositing in an institutional repository strongly associates the item with the institution,
  • creates efficiencies by enabling the research reporting requirements to be a bi-product of depositing an open access copy

Alternative open access routes

  • Publishing in an open access journal is an alternative to publishing in a subscription based journal. Although the majority of journals do not charge fees, those that do usually charge per article and in prestigious journals may be expensive.
  • Depositing in a subject repository is very useful for fast dissemination to colleagues.

The following is a summary of the two main paths to achieve open access.

  • Open access journals (known as the gold route) An author publishes his/her research in an open access journal. The article is peer reviewed and published as with traditional journals. However, libraries don’t pay subscription fees and the online version is freely accessible to all.

  • Open access repositories (known as the green route) – An author deposits a copy of his/her article in an open access repository that is freely accessible to all. This could be an institutional repository, a subject-based repository, or both. Because the author deposits the article, this is known as ‘self-archiving". See Arrow Discovery Service to search across all  Australian university repositories

Each approach is different, but the end result is the same. The author’s article is available on the Internet and freely accessible to all.

Publishing in an open access journal or a subject repository does not usually preclude deposit of material in DRO, and certainly does not obviate the need for its description in DRO.

Most open access journals are listed in Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) To be listed they must be peer reviewed or exercise editorial quality control and present primary results of research or overviews of research results to a scholarly community. Most of these journals also allow the deposit of their articles in an author’s institution’s repository. DOAJ also allows a search of journals within a subject category by whether or not the journal charges fees to publish under "for authors".

A full discussion of the ramifications of open access in the Australian environment, including open access publishing, may be found in Understanding open access in the academic environment

Every reasonable effort has been made to ensure that permission has been obtained for items included in DRO. If you believe that your rights have been infringed by this repository, please contact