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For Researchers: Open Access

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Open Access publishing

Open Access Publishing

Open Access is the free, immediate, online availability of research articles combined with the rights to use these articles fully in the digital environment (SPARC, 2017). See also Elsevier's guide on what and how to publish in Open Access 

  • Directory of Open Access journals (DOAJ) platform is a community-curated online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals. Open Access publication charges also known as Article Processing Charges (APC’s) can be included within the costs of research funding and be requested from the research funder
  • The Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association contain list of Open Access journal publishers
  • The National Research Foundation (NRF) released a statement as of  01 March 2015, authors of research papers generated from research either fully or partially funded by NRF, when submitting and publishing in academic journals, should deposit their final peer-reviewed manuscripts that have been accepted by the journals, to the administering Institution Repository with an embargo period of no more than 12 months
  • Share, save and publish research output in the University's open access Institutional Repository and Open Educational Resources  (OER's). Publishers may restrict authors in using (archiving/storing) publisher’s version in the institutional repository but will allow authors to use their own final version, even though the content of the article is exactly the same. If authors don’t have their own copy, the editor might have a copy to supply. Authors are advised to always keep their copy of the final version
  • It is important for authors to check journal publisher copyright rules on SHERPA/RoMEO whether the publisher allow authors to archive their work. Authors are therefore required to check terms of use, archiving policies, posting, sharing of their work
  • Authors can also check SHERPA/JULIET to see if a particular funder has an open access requirement for research outputs
  • CPUT Research Reports outline an impressive array of research activities and achievements done by faculties, research groups, centres and units


Open Access Routes

There are two routes to get your work into the Open Access domain:

  • Gold Route

If you publish your article in a journal that is not an Open Access journal, then you could still make your article freely available in the CPUT Repository. Sometimes this means publishing the author's final copy, or having to embargo your article. The publisher determines these restrictions

  • Green Route

Publishing your article in an Open Access journal is known as the green route. If you do this, you can still make your article available in the CPUT Repository. Below this video find the list of accredited journals that are also Open Access

Theme of 2019 International Open Access Week “Open for Whom? Equity in Open Knowledge”

Researchers worldwide are embracing a variety of activities and tools to promote their work, connect with other researchers, and engage in scholarly discourse. There’s various ways to enhance and promote the visibility, access and impact of CPUT research outputs. In line with this year’s theme “Open for Whom? Equity in Open Knowledge” CPUT Libraries support researchers in creating researcher profile account, connecting account and importing publications from one system to another. There are many ways to boost research visibility and impact, these include: 

  • Getting unique author identifiers using ORCID to distinguish your work from that of all other researchers.
  • Advise authors to consider publishing in Open Access journals
  • Disseminate or share outputs through CPUT institutional repository 
  • Share research data openly through CPUT Research Data Repository Figshare. Stand stand a chance to win this October month by loading research data on Figshare. See benefits of sharing data.  
  • Create Google Scholar account and add all publications
  • Create a Mendeley profile and other forms of social networking tools
  • It is important for authors to check journal publisher copyright rules on SHERPA/RoMEO whether the publisher allow authors to archive their work . Authors are therefore required to check terms of use, archiving policies, posting, sharing of their work. If not sure, please contact the library

Authors who have not yet created and added their publications in their researcher profile account ORCID, Google scholar, Institutional Repository, Mendeley, Figshare ... and more can contact the library