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Open Access and Open Educational Resources


There is a growing movement within higher education to encourage the publication of data and content under more open alternatives to 'all rights reserved' copyright. A useful starter guide to Open Access has been developed by the University Library.

Institutional Research Repositories

Many higher education institutions now provide public access to their quality research outputs, both published and unpublished, by staff and students. Otago has its own, the Otago University Research (OUR) Archive, through which staff and students can publish their research. Another starter guide on this topic is available. There is also a Directory of Open Access Repositories.

Open Access Journals

These are peer reviewed journals that provide full-text articles, either by subscription or free of charge.

If you wish to publish your own OA journal, Ako Aotearoa has developed a system for hosting open access journals, which manages the submission, review and publication processes. One example is journal of the Distance Education Association of New Zealand (DEANZ), called the Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning.

You might also be interested in the Educause paper 7 Things You Should Know About Open Textbook Publishing.

Open Educational Resources (OERs)

OERs are resources that are freely available for use in any learning context; they are usually digital resources. Watch a video introduction to OERs elsewhere on these pages.