FAQ about open access

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Open Access – and the wider Open Scholarship movement – is important both globally and in Australasia. Open Access, by which is meant free public access to scholarly works, as well as the ability to use and reuse the work under Creative Commons licenses, benefits academia, education, industry and the wider community – both in Australasia and beyond.

There are many terms used in Open Access – and a new, public crowd-sourced glossary defines most of these terms. Generally, these definitions will be used on this site.

The Australasian Open Access Support Group aims to achieve much greater opening up of scholarship and research to the research community and beyond. The Group recognises that there are discipline differences in the dissemination of research outputs and therefore does not restrict its support to any one open access solution, but supports a range of different options.

There are many aspects to open access. These pages aim to briefly explain some of the broader issues in scholarly publication and open access

What is open access?

Why open access?

Open access journals

Open access and copyright

Author concerns about open access

Publishers and open access