Introducing Open Access at UNSW

Introducing Open Access at UNSW

September 25, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


I’m pleased to tell you that UNSW Sydney
is a proud supporter of Open Access. Providing open access to research outputs increases their visibility, it drives their impact downstream, in fact, it pushes the influence of your research, of the University’s research. Here at UNSW we’ve now formally launched an Open Access Policy under which we ask our researchers to make their research outputs and publications freely available for others anywhere around the world to read, to download, to use. We offer you two choices for this: the simple one, you publish in an open access journal, or alternatively, you upload a post-print
onto the University’s institutional repository, UNSWorks, at least within 12 months of publication. So why is this important? Firstly, it’s required by an increasing
number of funders: Australian Research Council, NHMRC amongst others. Secondly, it increases the breadth of your
reach to the public, to policy-makers, to researchers in low – middle income countries. Finally, there’s evidence it increases citations. You publish an open access article in a quality
journal, it’ll be more highly cited than a non-open access article. Now, citations are becoming increasingly important. Yes, they’re a component of the university
rankings; all the major ones, but increasingly, they’re a pivotal component of your academic
standing, particularly in the current environment with the focus on quality over quantity research. So you can almost consider citations like
a tool, a component in your career development, your academic war chest – so you should push them as much as you can. When I was an early – middle career researcher
you had to do that by appearing at meetings, international meetings, as frequently as possible,
being up there on the podium – always tricky to do from somewhere like Australia. Now it’s completely changed. You need to tweet your article, get it up
there on the web, put it on your Google Scholar page, make sure it gets into the media, write
an article for The Conversation, but above all, capitalise on the global reach of open access. So, if there’s a message here, I encourage
you all to go open access.