Answered By: ic @westernsydney.edu.au
Last Updated: Mar 10, 2022     Views: 4

Open Access (OA) refers to the availability of research outputs via the internet that are freely available to read, download, copy, print, and otherwise use.

As OA content is free to access, OA journals can have a broader readership than subscription based or paywalled content which can lead to higher citation potential.

In some cases, OA journals are freely available to access but the publishers charge authors a fee to publish (known as an 'article processing charge', or 'APC').

The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) indexes and provides access to high quality, peer reviewed open access journals. DOAJ contains more than 17 000 journals, 70% of which do not charge APCs.

For further information, refer to the Open Access Subject Guide which contains a section on how to publish Open Access.

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