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Open scholarship

Open scholarship includes all forms of openness in the teaching and research environment. This guide outlines the practice at RMIT.

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What is open scholarship?

"Open Wires" by opensourceway is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

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Open scholarship includes all forms of openness in the teaching and research environment. It enables free access to research outputs and educational resources outside paywalls and beyond the academy, 'changing how knowledge is created, preserved, and shared'.  By embracing open practices and frameworks, our researchers, teachers and students will join a world-wide movement of scholars with deep links into their communities.


Arthur, P. L., Hearn, L., Montgomery, L., Craig, H., Arbuckle, A., & Siemens, R. (2021). Open scholarship in Australia: A review of needs, barriers, and opportunities. Digital Scholarship in the Humanities, 36(4), 795-812. (author accepted manuscript)

The RMIT context

This infographic shows how concepts relating to teaching and research are supported by the tools of open access and open licensing.  Read on below about these relationships.


Infographic shows how concepts relating to teaching and research are supported by the tools of open access and open licensing

Image: Copyright © 2023 RMIT University

At RMIT, open scholarship encompasses both teaching and research.

Teaching - open educational practice

Research - open research

Open educational practice concepts include:

  • Open pedagogy
  • Open educational resources (OER)
  • OER-enabled pedagogy
  • Open courseware
  • Open content
  • Open textbooks

Open research concepts include:

  • Open science
  • Open humanities
  • Open peer review
  • Open source (code), software and data
  • Pre-registration
  • Digital humanities

In practice, two concepts support open scholarship: open access and open licensing.

Open access

Open licensing

When we say open access, we are asking:

  • Can others find it?
  • Does it cost anything?

Example practices include:

  • Open access publishing
  • Repositories
  • Preprint servers
  • Gold / green / hybrid journals
  • OER platforms
  • Institutional presses…etc.

When we talk about open licensing we are asking:

  • ​​​​​​​Can others reuse it?
  • ​​​​​​​Under what conditions?

​​​​​​​Example schemes include: