Open access is the free, online availability of scholarly content that is free from most copyright and licensing restrictions.
Open access permits users to read, download, distribute, print, search, or link to the full text of the output, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers.
Open access availability can apply to articles, books and book chapters, conference papers, theses, working papers, data and images and is made possible by the consent of the author or copyright holder.
Green open access: self-archive in a repository
Publish research in the publishing outlet of your choice and archive a freely available version of the manuscript in your institution's repository (ACU Research Bank). A large percentage of publishers permit authors to archive a version of their article in an institutional repository, to be made freely available after an embargo period. Authors are not required to pay for this option.
Gold open access: publish in an open access journal
Publish research in an open access publishing outlet. Author usually pays an article processing charge (APC). There is no embargo period; access to the article on the publishers website is immediate upon publication.
Hybrid open access
Publish research in an outlet of your choice and pay publisher to make the article available open access. Hybrid journals contain both closed access and open access articles. There should be no embargo period for Hybrid Open Access.
ACU Research Bank is ACU's institutional research repository. It serves to collect, preserve, and showcase the research publications and outputs of ACU staff and higher degree students. Where possible and permissible, a full text version of a research output is available as open access.
ACU Research Bank supports the Green Open Access model of OA. Green Open Access occurs when an author deposits a full-text version of their article in an institutional repository or a subject repository, thereby making it freely available online to readers.
Why deposit your research publications in ACU Research Bank?
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