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Open Access Subject Guide: Benefits of Open Access

What are the benefits of Open Access?

  • Increases visibility of research outputs

  • Enables easy access to scholarly research material

  • Increases usage of research outputs

  • Results in greater research impact

  • Increases citation rates

  • Increases author profile

  • Increases CDU's general visibility and academic reputation which can translate into tangible benefits such as increased funding

  • Breaks down barriers between fields

  • Allows text mining of literature and data

  • Allows stable, long-term archiving preserving it for the future

What can you do at CDU?

As an Author what can you do to support Open Access?

  • Let colleagues know that publishing in an Open Access peer reviewed journal gives them more reach for their research.

  • Submit your research articles to OA journals.

  • Deposit your work(s) in the Open Access repository, CDU eSpace.

  • Think before signing over your Rights to the publisher.

      Adapted from: Suber, P 2008. What faculty can do to promote open access.

      What can you do to promote Open Access?

      • Submit your research articles to OA journals, when there are appropriate OA journals in your field.

      • Deposit your preprints in a Repository.

      • Deposit your post prints in the Repository.

      • Deposit your data files in a Repository along with the articles built on them.

      • When asked to referee a paper or serve on the editorial board for an OA journal, accept the invitation.

      • Work with your professional societies to make sure they understand OA. Persuade the organisation to make its own journals OA, endorse OA for other journals in the field, and support OA eprint archiving by all scholars in the field.

      • Write opinion pieces (articles, journal editorials, letters to the editor, discussion forum postings) advancing the cause of OA.

      • Educate the next generation of scientists and scholars about OA.

      Adapted from: Suber, P 2008. What faculty can do to promote open access. 

      Publishing Models

      Compare the publishing models

      Publishing models for open access (OA) can broadly be categorised into:

      • Gold OA where the author publishes in an open access journal and the article is freely available from publisher’s website. 

      • Green OA where the author publishes a paper in any journal and then makes a version of the paper available in an open access digital research repository. 

      The following table highlights the main advantages and disadvantages of the various publishing models.


      Does the model provide






      Immediate, free access for reader?






      Open access to published version?



      Yes -
      after embargo


      Varies -
      generally No

      No cost publishing for the author?






      Compliance with funders mandates?






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