Open Access is making peer-reviewed published scholarly research freely available online to the public and the global scholarly community. It brings research results out from behind the subscription paywall so they can be accessed by all.
How can researchers make their work open access?
University of Waikato staff should deposit a version of their published papers in Research Commons, the University of Waikato's open access digital repository. Most journal publishers allow authors to deposit the 'Accepted Manuscript' version. This is referred to as 'green' open access; it is free and is the preferred option at The University of Waikato.
Papers can also be published in an open access journal. This strategy is known as 'gold' open access. While some publishers charge authors a fee for Gold OA, many open access journals are free to authors as well readers.