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Guide to espace

About Curtin research publications

The Curtin Research Publications collection holds the outputs of Curtin-affiliated authors which have been published in scholarly and peer-reviewed publications.

The collection contains about 60,000 metadata records and includes publication types such as journal articles, conference papers and book chapters.

Display of full text documents is subject to copyright clearance. Full text documents are available for nearly 30% of the publications. Some documents become available after publisher embargoes are lifted.


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Depositing publications to espace

Curtin's Authorship, Peer Review and Publication of Research Findings Policy states that publications will be freely available in espace within 12 months of publication.                                                                                                           

Curtin researchers can deposit publications into espace through Elements, the University's Publication Management System.

The deposit process will require you to 'claim' your  publications in Elements in the first instance. The espace Deposit Guide and espace Deposit Video below provide detailed instructions on the deposit process.

Research publications entered in Elements will be added into espace. Availability of full text is subject to copyright provisions and publishing agreements. 

The deposit process ensures publications in your Staff Profile are linked directly to your espace record in Elements.


If you wish to contribute material that falls outside the scope of Elements please contact the espace team.

For help with Elements, contact the ROC Relationships team.           

Copyright and your publications

Publishers usually ask authors to transfer the copyright in their work to the publisher, by signing a Copyright Transfer Agreement (CTA). This means that if you wish to re-use the material for other purposes (including posting it into a repository) permission of the publisher is required.

Even if you have signed a CTA, you may be able to deposit a version (usually the accepted manuscript) of your publication in an institutional or subject repository (possibly after an embargo period). 

Refer to the SHERPA/RoMEO website to check publisher copyright and self-archiving policies for your journal.


Alternatives to assigning copyright in your work to a publisher include:

  • Paying an Article Processing Charge (APC);
  • Publishing in an open access journal under a Creative Commons license.

For further information refer to the Open Access LibGuide.                                                                       ShareAlike Copyright-Highway Sign Image by N.Youngson

Prior to making full text of a published work available, the espace team checks that posting a version of your publication in espace complies with publisher policies and copyright provisions. Note: different provisions apply to Higher Degree Research (HDR) theses - see section on Copyright and your thesis.

The full text will only be displayed in espace if one of the following applies:

  • The author retains the copyright for the publication and allows it to be included in espace; or
  • The publishing agreement between the publisher and the author allows for deposit into an institutional repository; or
  • Permission to deposit the paper in espace has been granted by the publisher on request; or
  • The author has published in an open access journal (i.e. under a Creative Commons license).

If you have published under a Creative Commons license, or have paid a fee to the publisher to enable open access in a subscription journal, the Library will make the published version available in espace.