Open Access – A review on the current state of OA at Massey

March 19, 2020

This post is the second of two relating to the current state of Open Access  in New Zealand. The first is here.

Massey University’s data was extracted from the national sample and analysed in the same way and found that two thirds of Massey-authored articles are behind paywalls, missing out on the 44% more citations that open access can give – and 80% of these could be made open access at no cost to the authors, according to recent research.

Building on the work of a project sponsored by the Council of NZ University Librarians (CONZUL) to review the current state of Open Access (OA) in New Zealand, a refined analysis of 2017 articles by Massey University researchers has informed a Massey-specific infographic (below).

OA refers to free, unrestricted, online access to research outputs, although can extend to open scholarship (encompassing anything from open data to open educational resources.

The focus of the CONZUL report was access to research publications, specifically journal articles from 2017 with a DOI (Digital Object Identifier).

Key findings:

  • Research articles in open repositories (such as Massey Research Online) which can be accessed by anyone, are cited 44% more often than articles behind paywalls (accessible only to researchers whose institutions pay subscriptions to the journals)
  • The majority of closed articles (80%) from 2017 can be made openly available, at no cost to the researcher, through institutional repositories (also know as Green OA or “Repository Open Access”)


Further information about Open Access can be found in the appendix 2 of the Library’s October 2019 Report to Library Committee

The original “all of NZ” infographic NZ Open Access: What do we know?

Open Access in New Zealand universities: an environmental scan [August 2019]

2 responses to “Open Access – A review on the current state of OA at Massey”

  1. Caroline Miller says:

    When you publish with a journal you sign a very comprehensive copyright agreement which I have assumed gives away my right to offer that article’s content on an open access basis. Clarification on that would be appreciated.
    It has been suggested that we make the draft of an article available instead but if we do that it is difficult to see how this does not breach copyright given it may be little different to the published version.
    Equally do other researchers really cite a draft of an article, given that that version will not be the peer reviewed version?
    If open source journals are being cited and used more then isn’t the answer to make funding available for staff to publish that way?

    • Massey University Library says:

      You bring up some good points.

      The Copyright Transfer Agreement often allows for a version of the article to be made open access. You can check the journal requirements on Symplectic when uploading articles.

      Researchers are able to cite the published version, even when using the OA one.

      The OA funding models are evolving quickly and there are several options. The Library doesn’t provide funding for the paid models, but does have a free platform – Massey Research Online. For more on how to use this please see Open Access Publishing with Massey Research Online.

      If you would like further help with this, please contact your Subject Librarian

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