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Open access and espace: Comply with funders' mandates

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ARC & NHMRC mandates

The Australian Research Council (ARC) and National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) policies now require research publications arising from funded projects to be deposited into an open access institutional repository within twelve months from the date of publication.  Curtin's institutional repository, espace, can help you meet your obligations.


The ARC open access policy applies to all peer reviewed publications funded by grants awarded in 2013 and onwards.

The NHMRC open access policy applies to all peer reviewed journal publications published after 1st July 2012.


Your obligations
The grant's Chief Investigator is responsible for providing metadata and depositing the publication to espace.  Co-authors may deposit publications to their institutional repository.

Which version is required?
ARC and NHMRC require open access on one of the following versions of your publications:
  • Accepted version: following peer review including changes (Word or LaTeX final draft)
  • Published version: includes publisher's formatting,logo, volume and issue numbers



ARC and NHMRC are aware that there may be pre-existing legal or contractual publisher agreements which restrict initial compliance.  Library staff checks publisher, ARC and NHMRC policies to ensure compliance, and determine the version of publication permitted as open access in espace.


How do I submit funded publications to espace?

  1. Complete the espace Institutional Repository Agreement (once only).
  2. Ensure your publications are included in the University’s Research Management System, Elements@Curtin, managed by the Office of Research and Development (ORD). For assistance, please contact the ORD Research Support Team:
  3. Supply the accepted version of your publications to ORD Research Support Team for inclusion in the Elements submission or email a copy of the accepted version to 
  4. Publications entered in Elements will be automatically harvested into espace.

If you wish to contribute material that falls outside the scope of Elements, please contact espace to discuss your requirements.