Skip to Main Content

JCU logoLibrary Guides

Publishing Academic Research

This guide provides information about strategic publishing, publishing agreements, Open Access and ERA specifications.

Open Access

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:

Models of Open Access

Green Open Access: Self-Archiving of Accepted Versions (aka Postprints) by authors in their institutional repository (i.e. ResearchOnline@JCU) or some other Open Access site. Green Open Access publishers endorse immediate Open Access self-archiving by their authors, allowing authors to make the final version of their manuscript freely available despite being published in a subscription-based journal.

Gold Open Access: Unrestricted and immediate online access to the full content of a scholarly journal via a publisher's website. This model usually requires an Article Processing Charge (APC) paid by the author or their institution. An APC is also known as a publication fee which is charged to authors to make a work available open access in an open access journal.

Hybrid Open Access: Unrestricted and immediate online access to individual articles for which authors or their institution pay an Article Processing Charge. This option does not meet the true definition of Open Access if the author is still required to assign copyright ownership to the publisher or if the article is only available from the publisher's website.If the subscription fee for a journal is not proportionately reduced by the number of articles that are (Hybrid) Open Access, publisher profits will be increased further with limited benefit to authors.

Open Access criteria for assessing publishing agreements

Open Access criteria to look for in publishing agreements:

  • Do you need to pay an Article Processing Charge, or any other costs?
  • Are you able to re-use or present the content of your article in your teaching, conference presentation, thesis or other non-commercial purpose?
  • Are you able to prepare derivative works of the article?
  • Can you load the Published / Accepted Versions to your institutional repository, ResearchOnline@JCU?
  • Are there other restrictions on sharing the Accepted or Published Versions e.g. an embargo period?
  • Are you able to authorise others to use your work in a non-commercial way, as long as the work is acknowledged and cited appropriately?

Article Processing Charges (APCs)

Finding journals that don't charge APCs

Use the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) to locate open access journals that do not charge Article Processing Fees.

1. Go to DOAJ

2.   In the Search box, enter your discipline or keywords, to search for journal titles

3. On the results page, choose "Without article processing charges (APCs)" on the left.
    Note that for journals that do charge fees a price is listed.

      DOAJ landing page outlining the following: DOAJ holds journals from 80 languages, 135  different countries, 13444 journals without APCs, 19975 journals listed and 9399697 article records included

We acknowledge the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first inhabitants of the nation and acknowledge Traditional Owners of the lands where our staff and students, live, learn and work.Acknowledgement of Country

Creative Commons Licence
Except where otherwise noted, this work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike (CC BY-SA) 4.0 International License. Content from this Guide should be attributed to James Cook University Library. This does not apply to images, third party material (seek permission from the original owner) or any logos or insignia belonging to JCU or other bodies, which remain All Rights Reserved.