• What is Open Access (OA)?
    Open access is unrestricted online access to peer reviewed and published scholarly research papers that are made freely available to the public community. There are two routes for OA:

    • Green: Researchers deposit a version of their published work into a subject-based or institutional repository. This is then accessible to the larger community.

    • Gold: Researchers choose to publish in an Open Access journal, where the publisher of the journal provides free online access to the full content of the journal. In some cases, the publisher charges the author or author’s institution an article processing charge (APC).
  • What is A*STAR’s position on Open Access?
    A*STAR has adopted the Green OA position. A*STAR is committed to facilitating access to publicly funded research to the larger research community and society. Hence A*STAR has established the A*STAR Open Access Repository (A*OAR) for all researchers funded by A*STAR to archive their research publications. Please note that A*STAR’s Open Access policy is regularly reviewed, and hence subject to change, to ensure that we are responsive to needs and requirements.
  • What is A*STAR’s Open Access mandate and when will it take effect?
    A*STAR requires that all peer-reviewed articles and conference proceedings published on or after 1 August 2013, arising from A*STAR staff or recipient of A*STAR fund, be made publicly available no later than 12 months after the official date of publication. A copy of the publication must be deposited in the A*OAR (or any other institutional/subject Open Access repository).

    Articles that are published in open access journals or deposited in external OAR should be indicated in A*OAR.
  • What if the grant was awarded before 1 August 2013?
    Yes, applicable.

    This also applies to grants awarded (Letter of Award date) before 1 August 2013 but paper published as a result of this funded research on or after 1 August 2013.
  • Do I have to submit my thesis, book chapters to the A*OAR?
    Yes, all forms of A*STAR research outputs are included.
  • Who pays for the Open Access charges if I would like to submit my paper to an Open Access Journal?
    Submission to an Open Access Journal is a different matter as A*STAR adopts Green OA position.

    Researchers are expected to factor in publication costs in their budget preparation for a grant. Page charges for publication of manuscript in professional journals and Article Processing Charges (APC) for publication in Open Access journals are allowable for grant-funded research. Check with the RI management on support from core budget.

    Whenever possible and especially in cases where A*STAR funding has been used to cover associated Open Access processing fees, A*STAR encourages publication in scientific journals that allow the maximum and unrestricted reuse of articles, such as those offering the Creative Commons Attribution license. We do not recommend paying fees for “hybrid” open access, i.e. making only selected articles OA in a subscription journal.
  • Can I still publish in a journal of my choice?
    Yes, you can publish in the journal of your choice and then upload a copy of the article in the repository, as the mandate requires. However, if you choose to publish in a journal that does not comply with the mandate, you need to provide justifications which would be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

    Note: Pre-prints server is not considered an open access repository: https://bit.ly/3gAmV41
  • Should I deposit articles published before 1 August 2013?
    Yes. Although this mandate applies to research publications on or after 1 August 2013, researchers are strongly encouraged to upload earlier articles on the repository as this would enhance the visibility of the published work and create a stronger impact to the research community.
  • What are the benefits of Open Access?
    • OA enables work published from researchers to be easily accessible and more likely to be read and cited by other researchers and people who may not have access to subscription-based journals.

    • OA makes publicly funded research, conference proceedings, and out-of-print items available to all.

    • OA signals to the community the importance of open knowledge and the value of publicly funded research to the large community.
  • Where can I find more information on Open Access?