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JCU Open Scholarship Policy


The University values and supports intellectual discoveries, recognising that knowledge has the power to change lives and that through the adoption of Open Scholarship practices it will contribute to the wide and rapid dissemination of scholarly outputs.

The commitment to all forms of openness and transparency in the scholarly and research environment will enhance the visibility of JCU research publications, research data and open educational resources, resulting in global advancement and collaboration for the benefit of all societies. The Open Scholarship principles outlined in the policy provide JCU authors with a means of achieving equitable access to their work, maximum public benefit, and will help contribute to future discoveries.

This policy has been developed in accordance with guidelines and practices from the following organisations and principles:

  • The Open Access policies of the Australian Research Council (ARC) and the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)
  • The Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) Statement on Open Scholarship
  • Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC)
  • F.A.I.R (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable).


Applies to all JCU Authors including professional, conjoint and adjunct staff, Higher Degree by Research students (HDR) and any affiliates where a JCU attribution occurs.

We acknowledge the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first inhabitants of the nation and acknowledge Traditional Owners of the lands where our staff and students, live, learn and work.Acknowledgement of Country

Creative Commons Licence
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