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Open access publishing

This guide introduces open access, its benefits, the different models, APCs, policies and resources, and OA @ RMIT University.

Choosing a publication type

Selecting an appropriate publication type for your work is critical, so consider:

  • Which publication type (book, book chapter, conference paper or journal article) is most appropriate for your research? Can you justify and explain your selection?
  • Are books and book chapters well regarded in your discipline? For example in the humanities field of Art, books are an acceptable type of publication. Are your colleagues / supervisors publishing in books?
  • Are conference papers well regarded in your discipline? For example in the field of Computer Science, conference papers are an acceptable type of publication. Are your colleagues / supervisors attending conferences and publishing peer reviewed conference papers?

Explore more about open access publishing of: 

See also the Library Guide on Strategic Publishing for more about choosing a publication type.

Open access research publication or open educational resource?

Is your work an open educational resource (OER), such as a textbook or online teaching material?

Explore the differences between OERs and OA research publications supplied in the image below.

See also the Library Guide on Open Educational Resources (OERs) for more on publishing OERs.

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Image: "OA & OER Infographic" by Open Textbook Initiative is licensed under CC BY 4.0