Open access: 54% of Victoria University research articles were open

An analysis of journal articles published by Victoria University (VU) researchers in 2019 indicates that over half of the journal articles published were freely accessible.

Based on a methodology developed by New Zealand researchers to determine how many published journal articles were free-to-access, an analysis of journal articles published by VU researchers in 2019 indicates that 54% of VU research articles were open.

VU had a higher percentage of open access articles compared to the percentage recorded for all New Zealand universities where 41% of journal articles were open access.

While the VU figure is a pleasing result, the percentage could have been even higher. Nearly all the remaining closed articles published in 2019 had the potential to be open if the author accepted manuscripts were added to the VU Research Repository (VURR).

Making more VU research open access

Depositing an author accepted version of the manuscript to VURR can help VU researchers:

  • increase access to knowledge
  • raise research visibility
  • influence MORA (Measure of Research Activity) calculations
  • find collaborators
  • meet recommendations of funding bodies, including ARC and NHMRC, for the deposit of research publications in an institutional or subject-based repository.

Open access session

To learn how to make your publications open access by using the VURR, join the online open access session: Open access: A no-cost way to make your publications open access.

This information session will demystify some of the terminology around open access, and provide you with some simple tips for recognising what you can make open. With the new MORA procedure now including a bonus for open access publications, it is worthwhile learning a simple and no cost way to make your research open access.

Book a session on 26 July at 1-1.30pm, or 26 August at 11-11.30am through the Capability Hub (login required).

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