Going Green: Open Access Week 2021

Welcome to Open Access Week, Monday 25 October to Sunday 31 October 2021. This is an annual international event, to encourage researchers to make published research freely available online. To celebrate OA Week 2021, Open Access Australasia have organised a program of online events, all free to attend.

Open access material, such as journal articles, artwork, books and book chapters, conference proceedings, theses, data, and images, can be:

Te Tumu Herenga | Libraries and Learning Services at Waipapa Taumata Rau | The University of Auckland supports the most cost-effective and widely available tier of Open Access: Green Open Access.

What is Green Open Access?

Green Open Access, also known as Green OA or ‘self-archiving’, allows the Accepted Manuscript (AM) version of a subscription journal article to be made wholly available online. This occurs via deposit into an institutional/subject repository or on a personal webpage.

Almost all commercial publishers have a Green Open Access policy for authors to share their research. By using your AM version, the publisher copyright restrictions and compliance for the final published version remains intact.

There may be embargo periods before the AM version can be made visible.

Authors can check a journal’s open access policies in Sherpa Romeo or on the journal homepage, for the publisher’s guidelines on Open Access and self-archiving options.

What are the benefits of Green Open Access?

  • It’s free to use and to access.
  • Research is made widely available.
  • It endorses deposit into institutional repositories which are a permanent archive for your research and are indexed by Google Scholar.
  • Green OA items are cited 49% more often than closed access items.
Myth vs Fact image, Bilby, M & Vasquez, K. libraryguides.fullerton.edu/open-access/GreenOAPolicy CC-BY

Image credit: Bilby, M and Vasquez, K. libraryguides.fullerton.edu/open-access/GreenOAPolicy CC-BY. Click to enlarge.

Make your research Green Open Access

Te Tumu Herenga has useful guides to help you navigate open access publishing. We recommend:

Find out more

Liz Eltze, Simon Esling and Fiona Lamont, Te Rōpū Manaaki Rangahau | Research Services Team

Feature image credit: commons.wikimedia.org. CC-BY-SA 

One Comment

  • Hine Busby commented on 30/10/2021

    Kia ora Liz, Simon and Fiona,
    What an excellent write up. This is such a handy resource for faculties.

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