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Open Access

Discover more about open access, main issues and concerns, copyright and other available publishing options

ARC and NHMRC Mandates

  • The Australian Research Council (ARC) and the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) policies both require research outputs arising from ARC/NHMRC funded projects be made openly available within 12 months from the date of publication. 

    • ARC requires all research outputs created since 1 January 2013 be made publicly available except for research data and research data outputs. Research data requirements are addressed separately and more information can be found on the Research Data Management guide.

    • NHMRC requires peer reviewed journal articles from 1 July 2012, and peer-reviewed conference papers from 15 January 2018, be made open publicly but does encourage authors of other forms of output to make them openly available if possible. 

  • Research outputs can be deposited in either an Open Access institutional repository or in other acceptable locations e.g. publisher's website (if the published version of the article is Open Access with a Creative Commons licence) or public digital archives, such as PubMed Central, or in an OA journal. 

  • Metadata must also be made publicly available through an institutional repository within 3 months from the date of publication, regardless of whether the research output is made openly accessible or not.

  • From the 15 January 2018, NHMRC funded research requires patents generated from public funding be listed in Source IP when the full application has been filed.

What are my obligations?

  • As the grant's Chief Investigator/ Project Leader you are responsible for depositing the research publication in either an Open Access institutional repository (e.g. espace) or other acceptable locations (e.g. PubMed Central, publisher's website, OA journal) within 12 months from the date of publication.

  • As the grant's Chief Investigator/ Project Leader you are responsible for depositing the publication metadata in an Open Access institutional repository (e.g. espace) as soon as possible or within 3 months from the date of publication regardless of whether or not the publication itself is to be deposited in an institutional repository or made openly accessible some other way.

  • You are responsible for ensuring that only the Accepted or Published version of your publication is available open access.

  • As a co-author, you can deposit publications into your own institutional repository. 

  • If you are the Chief Investigator/Project Leader, in cases where there may be legal or contractual reasons that limit compliance with the mandate (e.g. publications that cannot be made open access or with an embargo period extending beyond 12 months), you need to provide reasons for non-compliance to the funding body in the Final Report. 

Which manuscript is required?

The ARC and NHMRC require that one of the following publication versions be made open access:

  • Accepted/Post-print - version that has been peer-reviewed and accepted for publication
  • Published version - also called the 'publisher's version' of record which has been formatted by the publisher and published in its final form. 



Contribute to espace

For further information regarding depositing research output into Curtin's institutional repository refer to the Library's Guide to espace.

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