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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.

Australian Funding Mandates

ARC Policy Compliance Chart

ARC and NHMRC policy compliance flowchart

How can ACU researchers meet open access funding requirements?

 ACU Research Bank icon

It is not necessary  for research to be published in an open access journal in order to meet open access funding requirements. Deposit of the authors accepted manuscript  into Research Bank meets the conditions of both Australian and International Open Access funding mandates.

What is an authors accepted manuscript?

The authors accepted manuscript is the version of your article that has been through the peer review process (with revisions made), and has been accepted for publication. An authors accepted manuscript has not been through the final copyediting or formatting process and should not include publisher formatting, branding, pagination or copyright statements. The content of the output should be identical to the final published version.

To deposit the authors accepted manuscript of your article into Research Bank, contact Library Research Services.

Research Funding and Article Processing Charges

Publishing in an open access journal is supported under the ARC and NHMRC Open Access Policies. Both the ARC and the NHMRC allow for up to 10% of the project budget (direct costs) to be allocated to the payment of article processing fees. Because project budgets and dissemination pressures vary, funded researchers must decide which open access option is most appropriate for their circumstances. Self-archiving  an open access version of a manuscript in an institutional repository incurs not cost to researchers.