Open publishing

Create new or adapted works published with an open licence, to enhance student access to materials and your impact in teaching.

Open publishing at RMIT

As part of its commitment to open scholarship in all its forms, RMIT is expanding its capacity to create and promote new open educational resources (OER). One element of this is open publishing, the creation of new or adapted works which are published with an open licence.

The Library’s Open Publishing Team can help.

We can assist with:

  • Guiding authors through the open publishing process
  • Pressbooks, our publishing platform
  • Copyright compliance and applying a creative commons licence to your work

RMIT Open Press

RMIT Open Press is the imprint under which open textbooks are published at RMIT. Open textbooks published by RMIT authors are supported by Pressbooks, a self-publishing platform. Pressbooks enables authors to integrate text, multimedia and activities in a dynamic resource for teaching and sharing freely with learners and other teachers.

The Pressbooks Directory provides access to thousands of open textbooks that can be adapted to suit local students’ needs.


Publishing open textbooks

Find out how to publish an open textbook on the RMIT Open Press platform. Learn the steps involved in working with the Library's Open Publishing team.


RMIT University is a member of the Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) Open Educational Resources Collective. The Collective aims to facilitate the collaborative authoring of Open Textbooks. This includes the opportunity for academic authors at RMIT University to apply for DIY Open Textbook Grants.


The RMIT Open Publishing Team is actively engaged in the Australian and international open education community, including membership of the Open Educational Practice Special Interest Group and the Council of Australian University Librarians Open Educational Resources Collective and Open Educational Resources Advocacy Project Team, who have produced the Open Educational Resources Advocacy Toolkit

Toolkits and guides

  • OER Capability Toolkit: the OER Capability Toolkit aims to give you a fundamental understanding in the use and creation of OER. It covers: 
    • Defining Open Education and OER; 
    • Understanding open licensing; 
    • Finding and evaluating OER; 
    • Adapting, creating, and sharing OER; 
    • and Open Pedagogy, principles and practices.
  • Open Publishing Toolkit for Authors: a guide for creators who want to publish an open educational resource with RMIT Open Press. The guide covers planning a publication, preparing a manuscript, and working with the Open Publishing Team.
  • RMIT Open Press Style Guide: a style guide for authors publishing with RMIT Open Press using the Pressbooks platform. It sets out requirements for writing style, diversity, accessibility, acknowledging sources, and using figures, tables, and embedded media
  • Pressbooks User Guide: a comprehensive and detailed manual to using Pressbooks.
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