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Open Access Publishing: Author Rights

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.

Effect of Open Access on citation impact

Many studies have reported that Open Access articles are cited significantly more often (in the order of 50-300% more often) than non-Open Access articles from the same journal and year.

Know your rights regarding copyright

The ResearchOnline@JCU - Copyright site provides information to help with publishing your research, both in managing copyright of works you create as well as your use of material created by others.

What can I do?

Understanding Open Access in the Academic Environment: A Guide for Authors

Pappalardo, Kylie M., Fitzgerald, Brian F., Fitzgerald, Anne M., Kiel-Chisholm, Scott D., Georgiades, Jenny, & Austin, Anthony C. (2008) Understanding Open Access in the Academic Environment: A Guide for Authors. (Unpublished)


The OAK Law Project aims to facilitate seamless access to knowledge and improve social, economic and cultural outcomes. This guide aims to provide practical guidance for academic authors interested in making their work more openly accessible to readers and other researchers. The guide provides authors with an overview of the concept of and rationale for open access to research outputs and how they may be involved in its implementation and with what effect. In doing so it considers the central role of copyright law and publishing agreements in structuring an open access framework as well as the increasing involvement of funders and academic institutions. The guide also explains different methods available to authors for making their outputs openly accessible, such as publishing in an open access journal or depositing work into an open access repository. Importantly, the guide addresses how open access goals can affect an author’s relationship with their commercial publisher and provides guidance on how to negotiate a proper allocation of copyright interests between an author and publisher. A Copyright Toolkit is provided to further assist authors in managing their copyright.

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