Open Access is the free online availability of scholarly information, with no limits on reuse, re-purposing or sharing. You can choose to publish your research as Open Access.
If you would like to make your work Open Access, you need to be aware of the different journal models available:
Fully Open Access Journals - publish exclusively open access articles
Delayed Access Journals - require subscriptions for access to the most recent issues, but allow open access after an embargo period. The embargo period varies by journal, and may be as little as six months or as much as 15 years.
There are a number of pathways available to make your research open access. Options include green, gold and hybrid open access.
Green open access
Green open access involves self-archiving your research in a repository.
Features of green open access:
Allows you to publish your research in a publishing outlet of your choice and archive a freely available version of the manuscript in your institution's repository. ACU's institutional repository is 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
You may choose to publish your research in an open access publishing outlet. This is known as gold open access.
Features of gold open access:
You will usually pay an article processing charge (APC) to have your work published this way.
There is no embrgo period when choosing this option. Access to the article on the publisher's website is immediate upon publication.
ACU Library has a BioMed Central Supporter Membership which gives a 15% discount on the article-processing charges for all research articles accepted for publication in journals published by BioMed Central, Chemistry Central and SpringerOpen.