Open Access Memberships

Western Sydney University has institutional memberships with a number of open access publishers (Biomed Central / SpringerOpen, Wiley, and Taylor & Francis). The membership with Hindawi Limited has now ceased. Please see the menu at left for additional information about each publisher. Institutional funds are available for publication in fully open access journals only.

Ongoing payment of article processing charges (APC) is dependent on availability of University funds. The Library administers these funds on behalf of the University. Please note, membership funds for Wiley Open Access are now fully committed to pending manuscripts, and therefore no further submissions will be approved for funding, until further notice.

Eligibility to access Western Sydney Institutional funds:

  • The corresponding author must be a permanent Western Sydney staff member or a higher degree research student whose principal supervisor is a permanent Western Sydney staff member. Casual staff, adjuncts, conjoint, and visiting fellows are not eligible to access these funds.
  • Western Sydney University must be listed as the corresponding author’s primary affiliation.
  • The article must meet the definition of research. The Australian Research Council defines research as: The creation of new knowledge and/or the use of existing knowledge in a new and creative way to generate new concepts, methodologies, inventions and understandings. This could include the synthesis and analysis of previous research to the extent that it is new and creative.
  • Approval by a Dean or Institute Director in support of publications that do not satisfy these criteria is required in order to enable the use of these funds.

A printable version of the guidelines is available here.

Your School or Institute may have funds available to cover article processing charges for other open access publishers. Provision of funds is not guaranteed and enquiries should be addressed to the School or Institute manager.

Policy compliance:

Publishing in an open access journal complies with the University ‘Open Access to Research Policy’ which states:

Subject to any intellectual property, commercial, privacy and/or ethical constraints researchers will, as soon as possible, make publications and data arising out of research openly available for re-use and citation. Research funding agreements may require that publications and data created through the funded research be made available within a defined timeframe.

For non-open access outputs, a publisher compliant version of the paper can be made freely available in in ResearchDirect following an embargo period. The Library Research Team manages this process.

Note: Many journals require the underlying research datasets to be made freely available with the published article. Notify the Library of a dataset here and a staff member will be in touch to facilitate this process.

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