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Open access (OA) refers to content which is made freely available on the public Internet. It removes barriers to access and reuse. While the traditional subscription model of publishing locks knowledge behind paywalls, Open Access works on the premise that publicly funded research should be publicly available. Scholarly OA journals comply with well-established peer-review processes and maintain high publishing standards.
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Open access benefits you as a researcher by increasing the reach and impact of your research. It also benefits many other people including those beyond the traditional scholarly communications ecosystem, such as practitioners, journalists and the general public.
In Gold open access publishing the publisher makes the article available on its website. Gold open access publishing usually involves a fee called an article processing charge (APC). APCs vary widely between publishers and journals.
If you wish to make your work open access through the Gold model, you will need to arrange payment of the article processing charge (APC). Please note that the Library is not funded to pay APCs for Massey University researchers.
Transformative Agreements provide a new way to get Gold open access without researchers being charged. The Library pays the publisher an annual “publish and read” fee so that:
Here is a list of the agreements Massey is currently party to:
The Biochemical Society journals
The Microbiology Society journals
If you are an author intending to publish in one of these, contact the publisher for more information.
In Green open access (also known as self-archiving), the author publishes their article in any journal then places a version of their article in an open access specialist or institutional repository.
Massey Research Online (MRO) is Massey's institutional repository.
Find out How to Get Your Research Into MRO
For Green OA there is not usually a fee but the publisher may impose an embargo period. The publisher may also set conditions on which version of the article may be made available.
To find out the Green (or self-archiving) conditions for a journal check out the following:
Be aware of fraudulent or predatory publishing in the open access environment - check for fraudulent or predatory journals and publishers
Massey University has no policy mandating deposit with the University of full text files with outputs. However, if you have received funding from an external source, the contract may require you to comply with open access conditions.
Creative Commons is a non-profit organisation with strong ties to the open access movement. Creative Commons provides free and easy-to-use licences that help people share their copyright works for reuse by others, on terms the authors choose.
The licenses are legally robust, and work within the boundaries of copyright law. Authors retain copyright while allowing others to copy, distribute, and make some uses of their work. Authors also get the credit for their work because attribution is a requirement under all the licenses.
When considering a Creative Commons licence, ask yourself whether you:
Six Creative Commons licences mix and match the points listed above. Creative Commons provides a tool that helps you select the appropriate licence.
Tohatoha Aotearoa Commons supports and advocates for Creative Commons in Aotearoa New Zealand. Tohatoha has made the Creative Commons licences available in te reo Māori.
This diagram summarises the permissions granted by each of the licences; more detailed information is available on the Creative Commons' Licences page:
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Last updated on Thursday 01 October 2020
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