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Open Access: Open Access at CSU

Open Access at CSU

"As a CSU Researcher you can make your work open access without cost through CRO."

Here's how:

  • Publish in the most appropriate journal. It may or may not be an open access journal.
    • You can find out if the publisher allows articles to be open access using SHERPA.
  • For the article to be uploaded to CRO ‘add’ the article to MyResearch for HERDC reporting.
    • Then upload the final accepted draft of the article after peer review and without publisher mark-up
    • or email it to  
  • CRO staff will check and make it open access if possible. Publishers may allow either the published version or the accepted draft to be on the repository (CRO). Sometimes they don't allow any version to be available.
  • Use the submitters comments in MyResearch to tell us if it is already open access.

CRO support staff will make your work available in CRO by:

  • Verifying the copyright permissions associated with your publication on your behalf.
  • Ensuring the accuracy of the publication's bibliographic information on CRO.
  • Converting file/s to PDF format (if required and appropriate) for storage and access within the repository.
  • Unlocking the publication in the repository to make it available to the global research community and discoverable via Google, Trove, the Primo Search catalogue and other search engines.
  • Managing any publisher embargoes associated with making the work open access

CSU Researchers can also publish in open access journals.

  • These allow the published version of the paper to be available to everyone.
    • Sometimes the journals charge Article Processing fees and these vary.
    • CSU does not pay these charges for authors but grant funds may be able to be used if available.
  • The Directory of Open Access journals is a listing of open access research journals.
  • Check the Where to Publish Library Guide for advice about the best places to publish.

Check a journal publisher's copyright policies

SHERPA/RoMEO is a free online database that allows users to check a journal's copyright and self-archiving policies.

Other related SHERPA services include:

CRO - CSU Research Output

CRO (CSU Research Output) is the University's Institutional Repository, which lists all of the CSU research publications, since 2006.

CSU Open Access Policy

CSU supports open access with a mandated CRO Policy that requires the final accepted manuscript (after peer reviewing)  is included with publications submitted for HERDC points. This version will be made open access if the publisher allows.

CRO staff will assess the publisher policy and address the requirements for each article.

Send this version of your papers to if it is not already in CRO.

Search other repositories

The CORE database aggregates open access research outputs from repositories and journals worldwide and makes them available to the public.

CORE harvests openly accessible content available according to the definition:

"By 'open access' to this literature, we mean its free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself. The only constraint on reproduction and distribution, and the only role for copyright in this domain, should be to give authors control over the integrity of their work and the right to be properly acknowledged and cited."

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