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Open access publishing

OA logoOpen Access (OA) publishing means that publications (articles, chapters / books etc) can be freely accessed by anyone in the world using an internet connection. Providing Open Access to your work is a way of making publicly funded research available to all.

Models of Open Access publishing include:

  • Gold Open Access - publications are freely available with articles having a Creative Commons licence. Some Gold open access journals are free to publish in, although most require an Article Processing Charge (APC).
  • Green Open Access - publications are freely available in institutional repositories (e.g. SCU Research Portal), enabling open access without payment.

For more information see: 

Read & Publish Agreements

Southern Cross University has recently signed a number of Read & Publish Agreements, which were negotiated by the Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL).

Read & Publish Agreements are one model of Open Access publishing. In this model, SCU Library pays an annual fee to the publisher, which covers the cost of article processing charges (APCs) on behalf of SCU researchers; while also gaining access to journal content.  

Note - Read & Publish Agreements are also known as Transformative Agreements.

The new Agreements mean that if you have an article accepted for publication in a journal that is part of a Read & Publish Agreement, you may be eligible to publish your article open access at no additional cost.

SCU has currently signed up to the following Read & Publish Agreements:

Please note:  The Springer Nature Read and Publish Agreement fee-free Article Processing Charges (APCs) quota has been reached for 2022. The APC fee waiver will recommence in 2023 and will apply to any articles accepted from 1 Jan 2023 onwards. Please contact the Library if this impacts on your publishing options.

For more information about Read & Publish Agreements, see:

SCU also benefits from a discount arrangement CAUL has signed with Elsevier. This agreement provides a 12.5% discount on certain Elsevier titles. Further information and a list of eligible titles is available below.

Open Access Tools

Creative Commons licences

A Creative Commons licence indicates how research outputs can be shared and used. A Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) licence enables works to be freely shared and adapted, while ensuring that credit is given to the creator.

The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) is a comprehensive database of open access journals. Search the database to discover journals that you might not know about, and could consider for your next manuscript submission.
Directory of Open Access Books (doab) The Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) is a growing database of academic, independently peer reviewed books with an Open Access licence, for example a Creative Commons Licence.
Unpaywall is a browser extension available for Chrome & Firefox, that enables you to discover Open Access versions of articles. A green padlock indicates that article is available via open access. is a repository where preprints (submitted versions) in the fields of physics, mathematics, computer science, quantitative biology, quantitative finance, statistics, electrical engineering & systems science, and economics, can be shared. has inspired the creation of preprint servers in other disciplines.
F.A.I.R.: Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable F.A.I.R. is an acronym for “Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable”. The application of these principles to research outputs ensures that anyone can find, read, use and reuse them. Publishing your research outputs as Open Access will enable you to meet more of the F.A.I.R. principles.
The mission of Open Access Australasia is to make Australasian research open and F.A.I.R. The website is a great resource for keeping up to date with Open Access initiatives and learning about tools that can assist in making research outputs more accessible.
The Southern Cross University Open Access webpage provides information that is of direct relevance to SCU researchers. E.g. how you can make your work open access.
Southern Cross Research Portal, the institutional repository of Southern Cross University, highlights and preserves the scholarly and creative works produced by SCU authors and researchers, as well as special collections managed by SCU Library.
Use Sherpa Romeo to check whether a journal publisher supports green open access i.e. allows you to share the accepted version of your article in Southern Cross Research Portal.
The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition The SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) Author Addendum is a legal instrument that can be used to modify a publisher’s agreement, allowing authors to retain rights to their articles.
Analysis & Policy Observatory The Analysis and Policy Observatory (APO) makes public policy research visible, discoverable and usable. You can use the APO database to search or upload your own reports, papers, data and other research outputs. You can also subscribe for regular updates.
Research Data Australia helps you find, access, and reuse data from over one hundred Australian research organisations, government agencies, and cultural institutions. Load your research data to Southern Cross Research Portal to make it available on Research Data Australia.