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This week (October 25-29) is International Open Access Week

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. Therefore, open access is more than just free access.*

*Open Access Australasia

Open access at QUT

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 Law, Technology and Humans, in the School of Law. 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 Law, Technology and Humans 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).

Law, Technology and Humans was launched in 2019 and publishes original, innovative research concerned with the human and humanity of law and technology.

All inquiries about the Journal can be made to Chief Editor Professor Kieran Tranter. Kieran can be contacted by email at You can also follow the Journal on Twitter (@LawTechHum).

For more information about Open Access Week visit the Open Access Australasia website.

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