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Open Access Publishing

This guide explains the importance of Open Access publishing of research publications, how to go about Open Access publishing and suggests useful Open Access resources.

JCU Open Access Policy

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The James Cook University Open Access Policy is published in the University's Policy Library.

Click on the following link to view the Policy.

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Open Access

Open Access logoOpen Access publications are digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions (Suber 2012).

The Open Access movement is based on the philosophy that knowledge derived from public funding should be freely accessible for public use.

Open Access is the means of disseminating scholarly and scientific literature, free of charge over the internet and, to other researchers and anyone else who might benefit from accessing the results of publicly funded research.

Open Access communication of research outputs maximizes the distribution, potential usage and outcomes of research findings.

Open Access can make the difference between being cited and not cited. The easier it is to access a work, the more likely it is to be downloaded, read and cited.

Increasingly, funding agencies are placing Open Access conditions on the publications resulting from research grants, requiring you to deposit a copy of your article in your institution’s Repository, ResearchOnline@JCU. For more information about making your publications publicly available, see the following LibGuides:


Impactstory have developed a new extension for the Google Chrome browser called Unpaywall.

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Once you have installed the extension, if an Open Access version of an article is available, a green unpaywall symbol will display on the right of your screen. Simply clicking on this symbol, will take you to the Open Access version. As an example, if you are looking at the closed access version of a paper on the publisher's website but your library does not subscribe to the journal, the Unpaywall symbol will display green if the paper is available in the author's institutional repository. The institutional repository at JCU is ResearchOnline@JCU.


Paywall: the business of scholarship

Paywall: The Business of Scholarship is a documentary which focuses on the need for open access to research and science, questions the rationale behind the $25.2 billion a year that flows into for-profit academic publishers, examines the 35-40% profit margin associated with the top academic publisher Elsevier and looks at how that profit margin is often greater than some of the most profitable tech companies like Apple, Facebook and Google. 

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