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 do any of the following on the full text of these articles:

  • read
  • download
  • copy
  • distribute
  • print
  • search
  • link to.

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

Your guide to open access publishing

This is a useful guide for researchers to introduce the most important aspects of open access publishing.

See the open access guide

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.