Friday, 9 November 2012

Set your publications to Open Access

Following the announcement of the JCU Open Access Policy (, we’ve had enquiries about how to make the most of Open Access.

It’s easy and it’s free.

Just load the Accepted Version of your manuscript to ResearchOnline@JCU. This option costs nothing. The Accepted Version has the same content of the published paper BUT does not have publisher formatting and logo’s etc.

Loading the Accepted Version is now widely practiced. It is referred to as Green Open Access or The Green Road. For example, Green Open Access meets the new NHMRC policy ( where publications resulting from NHMRC funded research need to be publicly available within 12 months of publication.

About 70% of journals support Green Open Access (

To see a working example – check out this record in ResearchOnline@JCU: You will notice that there is both a Published and an Accepted Version of the article. The Accepted Version provides immediate, unrestricted access without barriers. This can make the difference between being cited or not cited. The published version is restricted – providing delayed access through the “Request a Copy” button.

For more information, contact the Research Services Librarian, Jackie Wolstenholme or the Digital Repository Librarian, Jo Ruxton.

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