Open access publishing

Open access is a publishing movement aimed at making publicly funded research freely available for the public to read, no longer behind paywalls or library subscriptions.

Open access may increase exposure for your work and result in higher citation rates, and allows the public, practitioners, and policy makers to access your research.

If your research is the result of a Commonwealth grant, consult our pages on the ARC and NHMRC open access policies.

Make your research open access

There are two ways to make your research open access:

  • Green open access (also known as the 'author archiving' model) involves making an approved version of your paper available in an open access repository such as Deakin Research Online (DRO). Journals have different requirements around posting open access versions of articles they have published, and these should be outlined in your publishing contract. For further information, view the Publications wiki.
  • Gold open access is when the researcher/institution/funding body pays the journal publisher an article processing fee in exchange for providing open access to your published article. Authors often retain the copyright and the journal may require that they also licence the work under a Creative Commons licence, which grants others limited rights to republish it elsewhere. Reuse is not always a condition of open access as some publishers will only grant free access.

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Article processing fee discounts

Deakin University Library has several subscriptions and memberships that may offer Deakin researchers discounts on article processing fees. Some conditions may apply.

  • American Chemical Society - reduced fee of $2000
  • BioMed Central and Springer Open - 15% saving on the article-processing charge
  • PNAS - reduced fee of $975
  • Royal Society of Chemistry - 15% discount on the article-processing charge and a limited number of open access credits. Contact Teresa Treffry for further information.
  • MDPI – From 1 July 2018 Deakin affiliated authors receive a 25% discount on the Article Processing Charges in MDPI journals. MDPI also offers discount vouchers to selected reviewers.

Contact your Research Librarian to find out more about accessing these discounts.