Open access

Importance of open access publishing

Open access (OA) refers to unrestricted online access to articles published in scholarly publications.

Open access publications are freely available online to the public, permitting users to read, download, copy, distribute, search and print the full text of the articles.

Charles Sturt University supports open access with a mandated CRO Policy.

See the open access guide

Ways to publish open access

What are Read & Publish Agreements? Read & Publish agreements are designed to foster open access to scholarly content and enable you to publish in a selection of OA journals without the burden of an Article Process Charge (APC).

Which agreements have Charles Sturt signed? In 2023, Charles Sturt Library signed agreements with Cambridge University Press, CSIRO Publishing, Elsevier, Oxford University Press, SAGE, Springer Nature and Wiley. The CAUL Read & Publish library guide has information about each agreement including eligibility, included journals and publishing caps.

Which journals are included in these agreements? A list of journals is included on each publisher’s page in the CAUL Read & Publish library guide, or search the alphabetical title list table. The alphabetical title list will include journals available under all agreements – even ones Charles Sturt hasn’t signed. When using the alphabetical list, use the search or filters to refine it.

I would like to publish my research open access under a R&P Agreement. What do I do?

  1. Check the CAUL Read & Publish library guide to determine whether the journal you would like to publish in is included in one of the agreements that Charles Sturt has signed.
  2. Read through the publisher page in the guide for details about eligibility, author rights, and how to submit.

Who do I contact with questions? The best resource for specific information on each agreement is the CAUL Read & Publish library guide. If you have further questions, contact your Library Faculty Team.

The Charles Sturt University CRO policy

The benefit of having open access outputs in CRO is that it increases the visibility of research which may increase impact and citation rates.

CRO provides Charles Sturt University researchers with the green open access model which does not require extra payment for open access to the material. Articles are deposited in CRO and if the publisher allows, then the appropriate version of the full paper is made publicly available.

See our CRO guidelines


The library also offers in-depth training sessions on publishing with open access. You can either watch a recorded session or enrol in one of our workshops.

Register for workshops

You can find a list of all the professional development (PD) events and sessions in this calendar.

Watch a recorded workshop about open access

You can watch a recorded session about Open Access.