Open access (OA) is a set of principles and practices through which research outputs are distributed online, free of cost either via an open access journal, open access book or inclusion in an institutional or disciplinary repository. 

In 2023, Te Pōkai Tara l Universities New Zealand released an Open Access Statement on behalf of New Zealand’s eight universities. The statement recognises the rights of Māori and other indigenous groups to determine the most appropriate ways for managing their data and underscores the universities’ commitment to promote OA.  

Benefits of open access

Making research accessible through OA has far reaching benefits across academia and society as a whole. Some of the main groups include: 

Pathways to open

There are serval types of open access, which are typically categorised based on the level of restrictions placed on the use and distribution of research articles.  

Open Access Policies

Various funders, institutions and organisations have policies around open access which include guidelines, recommendations and requirements on which pathways are acceptable, what to do with research data and even how long an embargo can be placed on a research output. These must be considered and understood before choosing where to publish your research. OA policies often include guidelines for research data management. Some examples of these open access policies are provided below. 

Need help?

The Open Research Team is on hand to help you understand your options when making your research open access, including pathways and funding requirements.