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Open access

This guide provides information about open access and new models of scholarly publishing, funding policies and compliance, and issues associated with copyright.

What version can I deposit in ACU Research Bank?

ACU Research Bank accepts deposit of either the authors accepted version (post-print) or the Publisher’s PDF. However, which version, if any, the journal publisher will permit you to deposit will vary from publisher to publisher. The majority of publishers will permit authors to archive the authors accepted version NOT the publisher PDF in an institutional repository.

1. The Authors Accepted Manuscript is the version following peer review with revisions made but no copyediting or formatting contributed by the publisher.

2. The published article is the version ‘as published’ in the journal (sometimes called the ‘publisher’s PDF’). This version generally includes value added by the publisher, such as hyperlinked references, journal branding, typesetting (into columns) and pagination.

To check what version a publisher will allow to be submitted, consult the Sherpa/RoMEO database. Your publisher’s author agreement will identify the publisher's rights and any residual rights of the author(s).  

To deposit the authors accepted manuscript version of your manuscript into Research Bank, send via email to  Library Research Services.

 

Manuscript versions: a glossary

A ‘preprint’ is the version of a paper that is submitted for peer review (to a journal or a conference). It has not been through the peer review process and has not been accepted for publication. Deposit of a pre-print in an institutional repository does not meet the open access requirements of research funding bodies.

The  Authors Accepted Manuscript may also be called the post-print. This is the version following peer review with revisions made but without copyediting or formatting contributed by the publisher.  Deposit of a Authors Accepted Manuscript in an institutional repository within twelve months of publication complies with the open access requirements of Australian and international research funding bodies.

The published article is the version ‘as published’ in the journal (sometimes called the ‘publisher’s PDF’).  This version generally includes value added by the publisher, such as hyperlinked references, journal branding, typesetting (into columns) and pagination. Only a small proportion of all publishers will allow this version to be made open access, even after an embargo.

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How does research get into Research Bank?

ACU authors currently report details of their research publications to Orion, where they are verified and then sent to Research Bank. ACU authors can send their authors accepted manuscript directly to Library Research Services and it will be attached to the corresponding Research Bank record.

Self-archiving and Funder OA Policies

Both the ARC and the NHMRC will accept self-archiving of the post-print or the published version of the manuscript within twelve months of publication. ACU authors are encouraged to deposit their post-prints as soon as possible after publication (for ease of location) and Research Bank staff will manage any publishing embargoes that may exist.

Embargos

Some publishers have introduced an embargo period before they will allow a self-archived version to be made freely available.To comply with the Open Access for UQ Research Outputs Policy and the ARC Open Access Mandate, the authors accepted manuscript or publisher's version of an article needs to be made available open access within 12 months of publication or as soon as possible.

Find information about the embargo period for a specific journal in the SherpaRomeo database.