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Mā ngā hinengaro ketu o ia whakatipuranga e hura ngā mea hou.
The searching minds of each generation reveal new things.



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Special Collections opening hours, Central Library

From June 6, 2023 Special Collections are open to all researchers and visitors on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, from 9:30am to 12pm, and at other times by appointment.

For further information, contact:

Liaison Curator, Special Collections
Tel +64 3 479 8330
Special Collections on Facebook

LIBRARY 101 workshops – watch recordings

The Library runs a series of workshops designed to introduce students to Library services and resources, and help students develop their research and referencing skills.

The semester 1 2023 workshops were recorded and can be viewed at the links below:


This series of workshops has concluded for the semester, but will be re-run in semester 2. For any questions regarding these workshops, please contact:

Genevieve Scanlan

Postgraduate Library workshop series – Register now!

Subject Librarians are running a set of information sessions and workshops specifically for postgraduate students. Book now to secure your spot and build skills to enhance your research journey:

Book Zoom workshops (10am)

Book in-person workshops (2pm)

Publishing your research – new for 2023

Otago researchers can take advantage of Read and Publish Agreements to publish Otago research and scholarly articles direct to Open Access with no transactional article processing charges (APCs), within over 6200 journals from 14 publishers.

Last year over 300 articles were published open access under these agreements with no APCs paid by Otago researchers.

See the Read and Publish Guide for the list of publishers and titles included in these agreements.

Read and Publish Guide

What’s new for 2023?

  • The number of agreements in place has risen from 6 to 14
  • Additional publishing discounts on APCs are available
  • Some of the new agreements allow Otago authors to submit their articles to the University’s institutional repository:
    OUR Archive

What’s in it for you?

Otago researchers are now able to publish Open Access articles at no cost to the researcher, through new Read and Publish agreements with the listed publishers. Check the details as some agreements have limits on the number of articles included in the agreement.

Listed publishers

How to access this opportunity

You don’t need to change your publishing practices. Submit as usual and you will be notified on acceptance if you are eligible to publish your article Open Access with no transactional APCs.

See Otago’s Read and Publish guide for specific details on the submission process for each publisher.

Read and Publish guide

Agreements have been reached with the following publishers in 2023:

  • American Institute of Physics
  • Brill
  • Cambridge University Press
  • Company of Biologists
  • Elsvier
  • Institute of Physics
  • Oxford University Press
  • Portland Press
  • Rockefeller University Press
  • SAGE
  • Springer Nature
  • Taylor & Francis
  • Wiley and Hindawi

Which journal titles are included?

Check which titles are included in these Read and Publish Agreements:

2023 Otago list of titles

The title list includes information from some publishers on titles that are not included in the agreements, and an explanation of why.

Benefits for researchers

Articles published as Open Access have increased visibility, receive a larger readership, and garner a higher number of citations than those articles which are not Open Access. These agreements help to support equity of access to Otago’s research outputs and to increase the impact potential of our research.

For further information on how to access this opportunity and the benefits for researchers to publish open access, contact your subject librarian:

Find your Subject Librarian

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