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Open access

Does the Library pay for article processing charges?

No. The University does not provide a central fund for the specific purpose of covering article processing charges. Please refer to the Open Access Guidance Document for more information.

Where else can I get funding for open access – Curtin or other scholarships?

Authors are encouraged to include publication costs where it is an allowable expenditure within a project budget. The Operational Research Support (ORS) funds may be used to pay for article process charges.

Why should I have to pay to get published?

Authors don’t have to pay to get published. There are two ways to publish your research open access:

  1. Publish your work in an open access journal: articles in open access journal are freely available to the public from the publisher’s website. Some open access journals require an article processing charge from the author.
  2. Publish your work in a subscription journal and archive a version of your work in espace: As outlined in the Authorship, Peer Review and Publication of Research Findings Policy, Curtin authors should ensure their publication details are deposited into Elements@Curtin in a timely manner. The Library will, with respect to publisher permissions, make the full text of all research available open access in espace.

There are other platforms such as PeerJ and F1000Research that offer an inexpensive option to publish your research open access.

Are open access journals quality journals?

There are low quality journals regardless of business model. The author-pay open access business model does attract predatory publishers and vanity presses that publish articles without any editorial process in exchange for author fees. Authors should consider the following when selecting a journal to publish (derived from the Think.Check.Submit campaign):

  1. Is the journal relevant to your discipline?
  2. Will it help you to reach your target audience?
  3. Is it listed in the Curtin quality publisher list and/or quality journal list?
  4. Do you or your colleagues know the journal?
  5. Do you recognise the editorial board?
  6. Can you identify and contact the publisher?
  7. Is the journal clear about the type of peer review it uses?
  8. Is it clear what fees will be charged?
  9. Are articles indexed in services that you use?

Do open access publications attract more citations?

Research1 suggests that articles published with open access do increase readership and attract more citations.

What about copyright? Can’t people just steal my work if it’s available for free?

When publishing open access you would attach a copyright notice, or Creative Commons licence like any other work that would specify what users can do with your work (e.g. whether or not they may make adaptations, whether or not they may use for commercial purposes, etc.). Almost always, these copyright statements require attribution.

The academic discourse has long-held conventions for the attribution of work through citations. Any work, regardless of its dissemination platform (online, open access or in print) can be plagiarised. Making work available through a repository clearly identifies the author as the owner of the work.2