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Research support: Open Access Resources

Services and resources provided by the Library to help at all stages of the research cycle.

Major Open Access search tools

Open Access - Publishing

What is Open Access?

Open Access (OA) is about allowing unrestricted, free access to peer-reviewed scholarly literature via the Web.

The benefits of OA are:

  • publicly-funded research is made available publicly
  • researchers can read and build on the findings of others without restriction
  • OA publication is more likely to be used and cited than one behind subscription barriers, thereby maximizing research impact

Where can you find out more about Open Access?

There's a comprehensive discussion, with many useful links, on Wikipedia.

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.

Open Access - Repositories

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