Important updates to the Australian Research Council Open Access Policy

The Australian Research Council (ARC) released its Open Access Policy in January 2013. According to the policy: “Any publications arising from an ARC supported research project must be deposited into an open access institutional repository within a twelve (12) month period from the date of publication”.

The repository for Griffith University is Griffith Research Online, which derives its content from the University’s Research Administration System. This is the system accessed via the Griffith Portal where you enter the details for your publications.

The Open Access Policy was amended on April 2015. It specifies that: “Publication metadata should include the ARC Project ID and list the ARC as the funding source, as well as other relevant information”.

“Any future Funding Rules and Funding Agreements will include this requirement,” states the ARC.

As an initial step, this data should appear in the “acknowledgement” or other appropriate section of your publication.

Information Services is currently working in conjunction with the Office for Research to develop a strategy to capture this mandated information in the Research Administration System.

Concurrently, the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has released a statement encouraging data sharing and providing access to data and other research outputs arising from NHMRC supported research.

Outputs include metadata, analysis code, study protocols, study materials and other collected data. An important goal is to enable researchers and members of the community to access the outputs of research.

Potential benefits from sharing your data include: increasing citations, raising your researcher profile, and increasing the opportunities for collaboration.


Linda O’Brien

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