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Research Support

A guide to library services and resources available to support researchers at the University of Melbourne.

Open Access policies from Australian funding agencies

The NHMRC and ARC have policies that require some publications arising from funded research project be made available in Open Access repositories. Information on how the University is responding to these mandates.  
Researchers need to be aware of these compliance requirements

Why consider Open Access publishing?

Research made available via this free and publicly-accessible medium is becoming increasingly cited and many open-access journals are now peer reviewed.

Open Access - Repositories:

  • Institutional repositories, e.g. Minerva: University of Melbourne repository.
  • Subject or discipline–specific repositories, ie.

Open Access - Publishing:

Open Access: 

  • May lead to increased visibility, exposure, usage & impact of your research through expanded readership.  
  • Research shows correlation between OA downloads and citation counts 2 years later (see OA Bibliographies)
  • Research impact has typically been measured by tools such as ISI Web of Science, ISI's Journal Citation Reports and Scopus. Tools like Google Scholar measure impact of a wider range of papers.
  • OA repositories often provide metrics such as download counts.
  • Read the Royal Society (UK) 2009 report  "Science as an open enterprise". 
  • Read the article: University Public-Access Mandates Are Good for Science (Shulenburger, 2009, PLoS Biology).

Important intellectual property (IP) & copyright issues to be considered:

  • Is your research part of a larger project or funded by a research grant which have agreements regarding publication of the research?
  • Will open access publishing now have future implications for your research group/lab/department/supervisor?
  • Are you or your research group/lab/department/ supervisor applying for/going to apply for a patent of your findings?
  • Does your work include confidential material or copyright belonging to others ?
  • Do you intend to publish your work in another form, e.g. journal article or a book?
    • Many publishers want “right of first publication”, you may not be able to publish your work as journal articles or as a book if you make it available on Open Access.
    • Once you do publish, your written work may be subject to a publishing agreement which may not allow Open Access.
    • Have parts of your work already been published and does the contract prevent you from re-publishing it on the repository?
  • Do you want your work accessible to the world immediately?

Open Access guides & bibliographies

Open Access Bibliographies:

Open Publishing Guide for Students:

The Right to Research Coalition has produced a new student guide to publishing openly, entitled “Optimize Your Publishing, Maximize Your Impact.”  This resource presents students with the ways in which they can make their research openly available for the widest possible readership and discusses the benefits of doing so – both as authors and as readers.  How do you know where to submit your manuscript?  What are the factors that go into deciding the most appropriate publication outlet?  Which journal will give your article the widest audience?

Australian Open Access Support Group

The Australian Open Access Support Group (AOASG) exists to support open access to research in Australia and to increase awareness of the importance of open access. For more information, see the AOASG website.