Open Access Policy: NHMRC and ARC
The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) revised their Policy on the Dissemination of Research Findings as of 1 July 2012. The ARC also introduced an open access policy for ARC funded research which took effect from 1 January 2013. Both policies require that any publications arising from a supported research project must be deposited into an open access institutional repository within a twelve month period from the date of publication.
Open Access Journals on Research Online
What is Open Access?
Open access is the free, online access to the outputs of scholarly research. Open access allows scholarly research to be accessed worldwide by scholars, students, professionals and the wider community to make any lawful and non-commercial use of the research material(s) without legal, technical or financial barriers other than the acknowledgement of the right of the author(s).
Benefits of Open Access
The benefits of open access are manifest. "Open access benefits almost everyone. The pursuit of research is to increase global knowledge. Disseminating work through open access channels means that researchers in less resourced institutions, practitioners in the field and the general public can share findings...Open access accelerates the pace of discovery and the translation of research into benefits for the public by sharing results with other researchers in a timely manner who can build on it and practitioners who can apply the new knowledge...There is also considerable evidence that reaching more readers by making work open access results in citable articles being cited more. Open access also allows institutions a wider audience for their outputs." Source: Australian Open Access Support Group.
Open Access Week
Open Access Week is a global event highlighting the burgeoning support for open access to research outputs amongst the international higher education community and the general public, through the proliferation of digital repositories – such as the University’s Research Online - and the adoption of open access policies by major research funders.
Open Access @ UOW
Research Online is the University of Wollongong's open access digital archive of research output. RO currently contains over 37,743 scholarly items, and has generated more than 5.5 million fulltext downloads since the site went live in 2006.
Why use institutional respositories?
Institutional repositories such as Research Online enhance the visibility, retrievability, and impact of research output by the exposure of material to researchers through search engines such as Google. Studies have shown open access leads to improved citation rates along with an enhanced research reputation for faculty staff and the University.
UOW Researchers: Ensure your recent publications are in Research Online. Forward the final manuscript (post-peer reviewed) version of your publications to firstname.lastname@example.org for discoverability in Research Online and Google.
What can I upload?
Research Online accommodates a wide range of material, from journal articles, conference papers and book chapters, through to theses, audio and video files, and images such as photographs and artworks. It has the ability to fully host and archive conferences, and publish peer-reviewed journals. A growing number of journal publishers are allowing authors to deposit their final manuscripts in institutional repositories. The Library is also engaged in a major digitisation initiative to make available on open access University theses dating back to the early 1960s.
Open Access Content in Research Online
The goal to increase full text content in Research Online (RO) passed the 40% mark on 16 September 2013, up from 15% in January and 30% in March. This result reflects a concerted effort by Library staff, the Research Office and UOW researchers.