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Academic Publishing

An introduction to the adaptations in the academic publishing model, including open access publishing and archiving, authors rights, and tools and strategies for measuring the impact of research.

Open Access refers to the free availability of journal articles on the public internet, permitting any user to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful, non-commercial purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself.

"Two ways to provide open access: Gold and Green"; "Gold: Authors publish in OA journals that provide free, immediate access at the time of publication to the articles via publisher web sites. Often, but not always, they may carry author fees, known as Article Processing Charges to be paid to the publisher to make articles to Open Access. All Public Library of Science (PLOS) journals use this model"; "Green: Authors publish in a journal, and then make their version of the article, after peer review, with revisions having been made or the publisher's peer reviewed final draft version freely accessible online by self-archiving or depositing the article in a repository (either institutional repository such as UQ eSpace or disciplinary) upon acceptance for publication"

The easiest way to support open access is to retain rights to your publications, and archive the allowable draft of that publication in an open institutional repository.

The majority of publishing houses, including the big three (Elsevier, Wiley-Blackwell and Springer) all allow for self-archiving. 

Slide Source: Open Access Essential at The University of Queensland 

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Open access literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. Open access, as an option for wider dissemination of research, is entirely compatible with and insists on upholding standards of peer review, copyright, quality, prestige and research impact. 

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