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Discoverability & Open Access

Discoverability

How to make your research more discoverable:

  1. Publish in a journal that's indexed in key discipline databases, or a citation database such as Web of Science or Scopus.
  2. Manage your name – you can't be cited if you can't be found!
  3. Get your publications into RIS and Research Online to make them findable on the web.

Open Access

Open Access means making peer-reviewed, scholarly work freely available via the internet, leading to:

  • increased usage
  • increased citations
  • increased collaboration.

Benefits of Open Access

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UOW's Open Access Policy

  • commits to disseminating and promoting UOW research findings as widely as possible 
  • supports the Green Open Access model where the author places the final manuscript version of their work in an open repository such as Research Online.

Additionally, policies from funders such as Australian Research Council (ARC) and National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) require that publications arising from their grants must be deposited into an openly accessible location such as an institutional repository or other suitable site (e.g. subject repository, publisher website) within 12 months from publication date.

Open Access publishing

Repositories

You can deposit your research into a range of Open Access repositories, including:

Institutional repository

Subject repositories

Repository directory

Open Access publishing

Finding Open Access journals

Finding Open Access books

Open Access models

There are three main Open Access models, some of which attract fees:

  • Green OA: Authors can self-archive accepted manuscripts at the time of submission of the publication, via an institutional or subject repository. This is the model supported by UOW's Open Access Policy.

  • Gold OA: Authors publish in an Open Access journal where free online access is available to all readers. Some OA journals require the author to pay a publication fee (Article Processing Charge – APC). Gold OA may be supported and funded at the Faculty level where strategically or otherwise appropriate (UOW's Open Access Policy).

  • Hybrid OA: Authors pay a fee for their article to be made Open Access even though it is in a subscription journal.

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