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Open access: Overview

Benefits of Open Access

The benefits of making research available as open access include:

For authors

  • your work can be freely accessed, distributed and cited worldwide
  • with Australian OA repositories indexed by search engines like Google and the National Library's Trove service, the visibility and discoverability of your research is enhanced
  • greater exposure = more citations
  • publishing in an OA journal can shorten the delay between acceptance and publication

For researchers

  • free online access to research, not restricted to what your organisation can afford

For universities

  • increased exposure of research activity
  • shared knowledge and innovation
  • increased community and industry engagement with research

What does open access mean for your research?

Here's some quotes from UniSA researchers about what open access means for their research:

'"Open access has placed my research before the world. My findings are now searchable globally and accessible to industry partners globally”.

Professor Andrew Beer, Executive Dean, UniSA Business

"The impact of our clinical research relies on the information being easy to access. Limited access means limited collaboration and limited influence”.

Professor Susan Hillier, Dean of Research, UniSA Allied Health & Human Performance

How can outputs be made F.A.I.R?

The F.A.I.R. statement was originally developed for research data, but can also be applied to research outputs. F.A.I.R stands for: Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable.

F.A.I.R. Policy Statement PDF

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