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Open Access Publishing

Who is responsible for ensuring compliance?

For both NHMRC and ARC funded research, the Chief Investigator A (CIA) is responsible for depositing a compliant version of publications (noting any embargo period) in their institutional repository.

Which publications need to be Open Access?

NHMRC: All publications* must be made immediately open access, without any embargo period, at the time of first online publication. All publications must have a Creative Commons Attribution ‘CC BY’ licence.  This applies for new grants immediately and for all other NHMRC grants by the 1st of January 2024

*‘Publications’ refers to peer-reviewed articles and conference papers that report on original research

ARC: Any publications arising from grants funded since 1 January 2013 must be deposited into an Open Access institutional repository within 12 months of the date of publication.


Procedure for both NHMRC and ARC funding

The publication should be deposited in ResearchOnline@JCU as soon as possible after the publication has been accepted. Use the Embargo expiry date field if the publication can not be made Open Access immediately.

The Accepted Version or the Published Version may be deposited. The Accepted Version is the final corrected version after peer review. The publisher's copyright agreement should state the version that you can deposit in ResearchOnline@JCU. SHERPA/RoMEO summarises publisher policies regarding the self- archiving of journal articles on the web and in Open Access repositories.

In line with Funding Rules, any published  material must acknowledge NHMRC/ARC funding, including the grant identification number. In ResearchOnline@JCU records, include this information in the fields called Funders and Projects.

Policy compliance decision tree

This policy compliance decision tree was developed by the Australian Open Access Support Group.

Policy compliance decision tree

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