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Guide to espace

What is espace?

espace is Curtin University’s institutional repository. It is an open access digital collection containing the research output of Curtin staff and Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students.

espace comprises the following collections:

  • Curtin research publications 

Published works by Curtin staff, postgraduate students and affiliates.

Further information on publication categories and deposit instructions are available at Curtin research publications.

  • Curtin theses 

Higher Degree by Research theses completed by Curtin postgraduate students.

Further information on Curtin thesis and deposit instructions are available at Curtin thesis.

Benefits of contributing to espace

The University strongly encourages Curtin researchers to make their publications open access via espace, for the following benefits:

Enhance visibility and research impact: espace can enhance the value and impact of your research by making it freely accessible and more visible through Google, Google Scholar, Trove and OAIster, with the potential to increase citations;

Long-term storage and access: espace preserves your research output in a secure, stable digital environment, with persistent links that can be used in your online profiles;

Compliance with funder mandates: espace enables you to comply with open access policies of funding bodies including the Australian Research Council (ARC) and the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) – to deposit research output into an open access repository;

Usage statistics: espace provides usage statistics for material in the repository;

Handle identifier: all records are assigned a handle identifier, enabling persistent linking and altmetrics tracking.

Searching espace

​There are a number of ways to search espace, including by title, author and document type. The guide below provides detailed information on how to search espace.

Key terms explained

Accepted version or accepted manuscript

The version of an article that has been accepted for publication, after changes suggested during the submission and peer review process have been incorporated, but prior to publisher's copy-editing and formatting. 

The accepted manuscript may be in Word or LaTeX format, or in a publisher submission template. 

Article Processing Charge (APC)

An article processing charge is a fee imposed by a publisher to make an article open access, in either an open access journal or a hybrid journal. 

Author's final draft

See Accepted verson


In espace, an embargo is a period of time during which access to the full text is restricted. The embargo lift date shows when the full text will become available.


Metadata is information about the resource, such as author, title, source and abstract.

Open access

Open access means the free availability of a scholarly work, without any financial, legal or technical barriers. True open access allows users to read, download, copy, distribute, print and republish.


See Submitted version


See Accepted version

Submitted version

The original version of a paper that is submitted to a publisher. This version may subsequently be revised by the author as a result of reviewers’ comments.


Requesting changes to records in espace

Citation or presentation errors in espace metadata may be reported by email to Curtin Library's espace team.

If you believe a publication is available on espace in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, or a breach of an agreed license or contract, please notify Curtin University by completing a Takedown Notice available at Curtin University Copyright.