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University of Newcastle Library Guides

Open Access: Open Access at UON

Transformative Agreements

CSIRO 'Read & Publish' Transformative Agreement

University of Newcastle researchers can now publish articles for free as open access in selected CSIRO published journals, through a transformative agreement recently signed with CSIRO.

The 8 journals included in this agreement are:

  • Australian Journal of Chemistry
  • Marine and Freshwater Research
  • Reproduction Fertility and Development
  • Soil Research
  • Wildlife Research
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Australian Journal of Botany
  • Functional Plant Biology

Articles published in these journals by UON researchers will be available open access immediately worldwide without restrictions.

To take advantage of this offer, the corresponding author must use their UON email address (either ‘’ or ‘’) at the time of submission.

University of Newcastle staff and students will also continue to have access to read thousands of full-text articles published by CSIRO Publishing as part of our institutional subscription.

  • I published with these journals in 2020, can I claim back the APC that was paid?

            No, the transformative agreement signed with CSIRO runs from January 2021

  • I have paid an APC to publish with one of the 8 CSIRO journals identified, since January 2021, what should I do?

            CSIRO are currently identifying authors, who paid an APC to publish in these journals in early 2021, to arrange a refund

  • I am not sure what Creative Commons License should apply to my work?

Creative Commons (CC) licenses are a way for creators to take control of the copyright in their material. They allow creators to choose the licensing conditions for their material, providing standardized permissions for users to share, re-use, and remix content. For further advice read our Publishing With CSIRO Guide or contact


NOVA. Institutional Open Access Research Repository

NOVA is the University of Newcastle's institutional research repository. This service is available to assist with central storage, management and access to research and research related outputs and resources of the University of Newcastle, its staff, students and affiliates. A major feature of the repository is its ability to promote the research of our University by making our content accessible, searchable and discoverable by the global research community via the major search engines. Where possible the Library endeavours to make available full-text research publicaitons viaopen access.

E-Press for Online Journal Publication

The Library provides an e-press (Open Journals System) and support services to enable academic staff to set-up, host, manage and publish open access online journals to support research publication.

The system facilitates the peer-review processes required for journal publication.

Examples of open access online journals at University of Newcastle:

Popular Entertainment Studies

Asia Pacific Public Relations Journal

International Studies in Widening Participation

Please contact us if you would like information on hosting your online journal.

Open Access Policy

The University of Newcastle's Open Access Guideline


"The Open Access Guideline (the Guideline) supports and promotes the dissemination of research findings in an international open-access environment through the lodgement of metadata describing research findings and/or post-print publications into the University’s institutional repository."


The Open Access policy was first introduced in 2009 and is available from the University's Policy Library.

Article Processing Costs

The University of Newcastle Library does not subsidise author publishing costs for any open access journals or publishers.

However, the Library does have institutional memberships for the following publishers:

Contact Us For More Information

The Library has a number of staff available to provide more information around the open access publishing environment. These include:

Your Research Liaison Librarian

Open Access Repository Manager

The University's Copyright Advisor