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Welcome to International Open Access Week 2019!

Open Access research is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licencing restrictions.  Open Access aims to make publicly funded research open to all.

Open Access Week (21-27 October 2019) is an annual global event to support open access to research literature.  Established in 2008, Open Access Week is an opportunity to take action in making openness the default in research - to raise the visibility of scholarship and accelerate research.

Further information on International Open Access Week can be found here.  For lively Twitter discussions, the official hashtag is #OAWeek.

Open Access Week Events


Publishing and Impact Workshop

This will include making strategic publishing choices, being aware of predatory publishers, impact through Open Access, depositing your work into the USC Research Bank, and engaging with Altmetrics. More detailed information about the workshop will be released shortly.

Time: Friday 25 October, 1.00 - 2.00pm
Location: Details to come (the workshop will be in person at Sippy Downs with a Zoom room at Caboolture, Fraser Coast and Gympie, and an individual Zoom option)

Space is limited so please register your attendance by emailing


Getting Published and Making an Impact Workshop (HDR students)

This one-hour workshop for all HDR students covering how to get published and make an impact with your research. This will include how to decide where to publish your work, getting an ORCID identifier, what to consider when including your own publications in your thesis, how to define research impact, reaching more people through Open Access, and getting your work into the USC Research Bank. More detailed information about the workshop will be released shortly. 

Time: Friday 25 October, 2.30 - 3.30pm
Location: Details to come (in person at Sippy Downs with Zoom room at Caboolture, Fraser Coast and Gympie or an individual Zoom option)

Space is limited so please register your attendance by emailing


What is Open Access?

Open Access (OA) research is digital, online, free of charge, and free of copyright and licensing restrictions.  Open Access is made possible by the internet and the consent of the author or copyright holder.  Often in the university environment Open Access refers to unrestricted online access to articles published in scholarly journals rather than being hidden behind journal subscription fees.

There are two different approaches to Open Access, known as the Green Road and the Gold Road.  This is explained more fully in the Open Access @ USC page.  Some journal publishers also provide a third option, Hybrid Open Access, whereby a traditional subscriptions based journal allows articles to be Open Access on publication with the payment of an article processing fee to the publisher.


A Very Brief Introduction to Open Access (Peter Suber)

  • Provides a brief introductory overview of what Open Access is and why it is important.

What are the benefits of Open Access?

  • Allows greater dissemination of research publications to a wider audience.

  • Increase 'impact' by reaching more readers resulting in more citations.  There is evidence that, for articles of citeable quality, reaching more readers will result in more citations (Gargouri, 2010).  For journals, Open Access makes the journal more visible and any increase in citations will translate into a higher impact factor (making the journal more attractive to readers and authors).

  • Accelerates the rate of discovery and the translation into research benefits for the public. 

  • Removes 'price barriers' to access by making research available to many groups which would otherwise not have access, such as practitioners, school students, industry and the general public. 

  • Scales the expansion of the literature - library budgets do not.  Even if all journal prices were reasonable, the rapid rise in the number of journals in recent years means that no library can offer comprehensive access to all the relevant literature. 

  • Provides a means for researchers and research institutions to showcase their research.

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