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If you are interested in making your article (or other research output) Open Access (OA), there are two main ways to do so. You can select a high-quality OA journal to publish in (Gold OA), and/or ensure the author agreement you sign with a traditional publisher will allow you to deposit a version of your work in an OA repository (Green OA). These pages will guide you through the basics of publishing in an OA journal. We would also encourage you to consider publishing in one of UTS ePRESS’s own Open Access journals. For more information, see Your Rights.

UTS Library is committed to supporting the University's researchers, and in 2013/2014 have paid the fees charged when publishing in selected peer-reviewed OA publications. This pilot scheme has now ceased. UTS Research and Research Training Committee (RRTC) is considering other options to support research at UTS.

Article Processing charges: the journal is fully OA, but to recoup the cost of publishing, authors are charged an Article Processing Charge (APC). These can vary from a few hundred to $5000, though these fees can often be financed from your research grant. OA publishers may waive the fee if an author is not able to pay it (e.g. Public Library of Science (PLos) and Hindawi).

How do I find an OA Journal

UTS ePRESS provides 11 high-quality OA journals you may wish to consider submitting your article to. You could also use one of the following directories to help you locate Open Access journals:

Conduct a keyword or title search and then limit by Open Access.

How do I select a high-quality OA Journal

In traditional publishing, it is important to evaluate the publisher and journal to gain maximum impact for your publication. The same applies for selecting an OA journal. Think. Check. Submit. is a cross-industry initiative led by representatives from a coalition of high level publishing organisations.

  • Does the journal have a clearly stated peer-review process?
  • Does the editorial board include recognised experts in your field?
  • Is it identified as peer-reviewed in Ulrichs Periodicals Directory?
  • Is it listed in DOAJ, a comprehensive list of quality-controlled OA journals?
  • Does it appear in the ERA Journal List?
  • Is the journal indexed in subject and multi-disciplinary databases relevant to your field?

You can also use these tools to help you measure the average citation rate of a journal:

Measures citation rate of over 10,000 journals indexed by Thompson Reuters

Measures SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) using data from Scopus (Elsevier)

You can learn more about publishing and citation analysis in Publishing and Metrics.

OA Business Models

The list below outlines the most common business models utilised in OA publishing, but is not comprehensive.

Full OA: articles are online immediately, made available to all readers with no charges to authors or readers, e.g. UTS ePress journals.

Embargoes: articles are available to paid subscribers first, and then become freely available after an embargo period - which may vary from a few weeks to a few years.

Article Processing charges: the journal is fully OA, but to recoup the cost of publishing, authors are charged an Article Processing Charge (APC). These can vary from a few hundred to $5000, though these fees can often be financed from your research grant. OA publishers may waive the fee if an author is not able to pay it (e.g. Public Library of Science (PLos) and Hindawi).

Hybrid: commercial publishers will allow single articles in a subscription journal to be made open access for a fee. The hybrid model has been criticised for 'double dipping': commercial publishers retain traditional revenue streams from subscriptions, but now also receive income from open access fees.

As a relatively new field, OA publishing has attracted some less than reputable publishers. Jeffery Beall’s List of Predatory Publishers can be a useful check. Authors have certain rights of control over their work, known as copyright. Copyright allows the author to decide how their work is used, reproduced, published, or distributed. Any publication of your work will involve an agreement between the author and publisher. As the copyright owner of your work, you decide which rights are assigned to a publisher as part of this agreement. You can sign over all your rights to a publisher, or you can limit the rights that are assigned.

Creative Commons

If you wish to make your work Open Access you can consider using a Creative Commons licence as your copyright licence. These have been very effective in meeting OA needs, encouraging free global access to research, education and culture.

There are a range of Creative Commons licences you can use, which provide a simple and standardised way to give the public permission to share and use creative work. Creative Commons licences are not an alternative to copyright, but rather work alongside copyright.  

You can find out more about Creative Commons licenses here.

Publishing Agreements

Publisher policies can vary widely if you wish to deposit a copy of your article in an institutional or central repository, and, if so, which version of the article you may deposit.

  • As a general rule, OA publishers will use Creative Commons licences, which will allow you to deposit any version of your work in a repository
  • Many traditional journals allow the “accepted manuscript” version to be deposited in a repository
  • Some journals may allow either the accepted manuscript or the published version to be deposited in a repository, after an embargo period

As an author you can protect your rights and ensure wide dissemination of your work by:

  • carefully reading any publisher agreement
  • using the Sherpa/Romeo list of publisher permissions regarding institutional repository deposits to select publishers who allow “Green OA
  • using the SPARC ‘Addendum to Publication Agreement' when the publisher agreement limits your author rights to deposit your work in a repository or for other non-commercial use

UTS Copyright Rules

To find out more about Copyright, see Copyright and UTS.

UTS ePRESS has built Australia’s largest suite of open access, peer-reviewed, scholarly journals. Our journals are all gratis and libre OA. That is, their use is free from financial barriers (gratis), legal barriers (libre), except attribution, and technical barriers. We invite submissions from authors and queries from potential new journals.

Publishing with UTS ePRESS

To submit an article to any of the UTS ePRESS journals simply visit the list of journals. Click on your choice of journal and select  “Information for Authors” to be be directed to the Login, Author Guidelines and 5-Step process of submitting a manuscript.

To enquire about starting an OA journal or publishing an OA monograph, send an email to utsepress@uts.edu.au.

Authors & their works

Journals published by UTS ePRESS are free for authors, with NO Author/Article Processing Charges (APC). All running costs of UTS ePRESS are covered by the University of Technology, Sydney, which wishes to make knowledge freely accessible to other researchers and the global community. By doing this, UTS ePRESS ensures maximum impact for authors’ works - supported by a growing body of evidence.

At UTS ePRESS we simultaneously protect and promote our authors’ works by licensing them under a Creative Commons (CC-BY) Attribution license. This license grants users of UTS ePRESS articles the rights set out in the Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI), and also ensures authors’ rights to be properly acknowledged and cited.

If authors want to learn more about Creative Commons licenses, visit the Your Rights tab above.