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Adelaide Research & Scholarship

The University of Adelaide's institutional digital repository

Open Access

What is Open Access?

The open access movement is about using the Web to open the research literature of the world to any user wishing to access it, for free. All that is needed is access to the Internet, and enough bandwidth to download the document.

The benefits of this approach are that:

  1. Publicly funded research is made publicly available
  2. Researchers will be able to access and use all the literature, rather than just what appears in the journals that their institution can afford. Open Access means that usage and citations will be based on what research is best and most pertinent, not just what is affordable.
  3. Researchers will gain an increase in citations to high quality work, wherever it is published (a piece of research hidden in either an obscure or an expensive journal is not likely to be cited today). Research shows a 50% to 250% increase in citations when documents are made freely accessible online.

Compliance with NHMRC and ARC policy on Open Access

Both the NHMRC and the ARC now have in place policies that require publications arising from supported research projects to be deposited into an open access institutional repository within a twelve month period from the date of publication. This is a strengthening of the previous policies which encouraged, but did not require, deposit in open access repositories.

You can access the full details of the NHMRC policy on dissemination of research findings or the ARC Open Access policy.

To assist University of Adelaide researchers to comply with these policies the Library’s Digital Services unit maintains an Institutional Repository branded as Adelaide Research & Scholarship.

Flowcharts for both ARC and NHMRC policies are available below to step you through the decision making process about what you need to do to comply with the policy.

Additionally the Journal Manuscript Versioning flyer may help in determining which version of a paper is appropriate to deposit.  In the majority of cases it is the Accepted manuscript.