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ResearchOnline@JCU: Green Open Access

This Guide will help researchers and depositors get started with ResearchOnline@JCU, the institutional repository of James Cook University. ResearchOnline@JCU is the collection of research outputs by JCU staff and higher degree research students.

Go Green - increase your citation count

Open Access LogoUpload the Accepted Version of your publication to your ResearchOnline@JCU record. This is known as Green Open Access.

Many journals allow the Accepted Version (aka postprint or author accepted manuscript) of your publication to be loaded in an online Institutional Repository (i.e. ResearchOnline@JCU) and made available to everyone. Search for publishers or journal titles in SHERPA/RoMEO to see if and when you can make Accepted Versions of your work available.

WHAT is an Accepted Version?
The version of your manuscript, after peer review corrections BUT before it has been to the publisher for formatting and logo's. NOT the OnlineFirst or online ahead of print version.

When the Accepted Version is made available to everyone, more people can access and read your research without the barrier of cost. That can mean more citations for you.

JCU Open Access Policy

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The James Cook University Open Access Policy is published in the University's Policy Library.

Click on the following link to view the Policy.

Creating an Accepted Version

You can use the template below to create a cover sheet to go at the front of your manuscript to acknowledge your Accepted or Submitted Version of a journal article. A cover sheet is useful as it acknowledges the version, acknowledges the source and will ensure that others will reference your work correctly.

If you don't use the template, make sure you include the following in your Accepted or Submitted Version:

  • The document version, e.g. This is the [Submitted/Accepted delete as appropriate] Version of a paper published in the journal [insert journal name here]:
  • The full reference, e.g. Last name, First (year) Title. Journal, Vol (Issue). pp. xxx-xxx.
  • The DOI

An example of a record with an Accepted Version and a Published Version can be viewed at

Understanding Open Access.....

For more information on the Open Access movement and the different Open Access models, please see the Open Access Publishing LibGuide

Understanding Open Access in the Academic Environment: A Guide for Authors

Pappalardo, Kylie M., Fitzgerald, Brian F., Fitzgerald, Anne M., Kiel-Chisholm, Scott D., Georgiades, Jenny, & Austin, Anthony C. (2008) Understanding Open Access in the Academic Environment: A Guide for Authors. (Unpublished)


Accepted Version (PDF 1374Kb)
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial Share Alike.

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