Open Access

Open access is making published research freely available to anyone with an internet connection. There are two primary types of open access:

  • Green: also known as “self-archiving”; runs alongside the traditional publishing model. Some publishers allow author's pre-print and post-print versions to be made available online on institutional or personal webpages. Common terms and conditions include:
  1. Publisher's version/PDF cannot be archived.
  2. Must provide a link to published version.
  • Gold: published research is freely available to anyone through open access journals. In some cases the publisher charges an article processing charge (APC).

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The University of Auckland institutional repository contains full text theses and other research outputs. University of Auckland staff can deposit their publications via Research Outputs to ResearchSpace and make the publications open access where permitted by the publisher.

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Publishers' self-archiving policies

Self-archiving policies can often be found on publishers’ websites, usually under publisher’s copyright or author’s submission guidelines, or publisher’s open access policies.

Open access in action 

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Last updated : 13 May 2014