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Library support for researchers

Discoverability and Open Access


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 author profiles and identities – so your research activities and outputs are discoverable. It is important to use the same name and form of your name for all published and unpublished research outputs.
  3. Send your final manuscript to the Library to enable full-text discoverability through Research Online, the UOW open access repository.

Open Access

This section includes information on:

Why choose open access publishing?

Open access publishing means that readers around the world can access your findings without having to pay for the article. You will be able to reach a wider audience including practitioners, policy makers, the broader public, and researchers from developing countries. This may help lead to increased citations, as well as boosting engagement through social media and news mentions, all because your research is more easily accessible.

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).

  • The ARC policy requires that publications be deposited within 12 months from publication date.
  • The NHMRC policy requires that publications be made immediately open access for all newly funded publications, and will apply to all other grants starting in 2024.

Open Access publishing


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.

Read & Publish Agreements

UOW Library, along with other Australian and New Zealand universities, have made a commitment to support open access publishing by participating in several transformative agreements. Under these agreements our subscription costs enable authors to publish articles in hybrid journals without paying Author Processing Charges (APCs).

UOW is participating in the following agreements. See these links for more information:

How do these agreements work?

You don’t need to change your publishing practices. Identify the best journals for your research and submit your work as usual. Include your institutional affiliation and UOW email address when submitting your article for publication. You will be notified on acceptance if you are eligible to publish open access with no fees. The relevant publisher will confirm details of the agreement with you on acceptance of the publication.

Exclusions and national publishing caps do apply under some of the agreements. Standard open access charges apply when publishing caps have been reached, so if your article must be published open access ensure you have a plan to fund the APC. Articles are eligible in order of acceptance.

Contact the Library if you have questions or require further support: