International Open Access Week – 25-29 October 2021

So what is open access?

Open access (OA) is a set of principles and a range of practices through which research outputs are distributed online, free of cost or other access barriers.  Through licensing via an open license (usually a Creative Commons License), freely available outputs can also be legally shared and reused. Hence, open access is more than just free access.

(Open Access Australasia )

In 2003, QUT endorsed the world’s first institutional open access policy. In 2018, the policy was updated to reflect emerging global practices and QUT continues to support open scholarship via QUT ePrints, Research Data Finder, open educational resources and national and international open access initiatives. QUT also supports the publication of five open access journals including the International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, in the Centre for Justice and supported by the School of Justice.  Content is published under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence and there are no article processing charges (APCs) to be paid by authors. These journals are published with the support of QUT Library using the Open Journals System (OJS) software.

This year the Journal attained the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) Seal.  The DOAJ Seal is a mark of certification for open access journals, awarded by DOAJ to journals that achieve a high level of openness and adhere to best practice and high publishing standards.

Only 9% of journals indexed by DOAJ have been awarded the Seal, and of these only nine journals from Australasia have the seal – three of these are QUT journals (International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy; Law, Technology and Humans, and; Student Success).

In SCImago, the Journal ranks highly in terms of its open access – 1st in LAW and 1st in SOCIOLOGY AND POLITICAL SCIENCE in Australia – and in the top 50 internationally. The Journal has been ranked by Criminology Open as the second most cited “diamond journal” in criminology internationally (Diamond = open access with no APCs to authors or institutions).

 All inquiries about the Journal can be made to Chief Editors Kerry Carrington and John Scott

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