Policy: Open Access
- The University requires a copy of the following research outputs to be deposited in the University research repository:
- Journal and conference publications, technical reports and other original, substantial works – within 3 months or as promptly as possible after publication
- Open access monographs – within 3 months or as promptly as possible after publication
- Non-open access monographs – where they will be openly accessible within 5 years
- All publications from research funded by organisations that require openly access research outputs – within the timeframe of the organisations policy
- Non-traditional research outputs (NTRos) such as creative works, working/technical papers, conference posters and presentations
- Higher Degree by Research (HDR) programs Master of Philosophy, Professional Doctorate, or Doctor of Philosophy student theses) – immediately upon completion (noting automated input from the HDR Examination and Thesis System)
- Honours theses receiving a when approved by the Head of School and copyright permissions are achieved.
- Where it is not possible to include the published or author accepted version of the research output metadata should be added to the research repository with a link to the openly accessible version on the publisher’s or another website.
- Access through the research repository will be consistent with access conditions for the version stored in the repository. The Author accepted manuscript (AAM) can generally be made accessible via open access immediately, or after a short embargo period. The published version will be made openly accessible in accordance with the publisher agreement.
- The University may, pursuant to the Intellectual Property Policy, provide access to research outputs deposited in the University research repository.
- Research outputs may be embargoed from open access dissemination by ANU for a finite period of time, based on commercial or cultural sensitivities, contractual obligations by the appropriate delegate.
- Where Research Student theses include confidential sections or appendices, the entire thesis will be made available, except for any section subject to an embargo as outlined in section 4.
- The University does not support the payment of article processing fees (APCs) or ‘hybrid’ fees (where an individual article is made available through payment of an article processing fee).
- In accordance with the University’s role in advancing and transmitting knowledge, educational materials will be made accessible to the widest audience for which they are appropriate.
- Educational materials deemed appropriate for broad release after consideration of a range of factors will be made accessible (open access, or to University staff and students only) according to the Education Materials Access Procedure.
- In making the decision above, some of the factors to be considered include (but are not limited to) privacy, confidentiality or legal obligations; the likely effect on learning or assessment outcomes; the sensitivity of materials; and the reputation of the University.
- The University requires open access publication of:
- Information on programs and courses for current and future students;
- Course outlines; and
- Public events and lectures
- The University’s policy is that research data is made openly accessible by default unless restrictions to access are required, for example because of sensitivity of data or contractual requirements. The University aims to:
- safeguard data sharing and release in a consistent and appropriate way
- enhance the integrity of the data system
- promote sharing of research data
- ensure data for which access must be restricted is appropriately authorised
- support management of data through the data lifecycle
- Research data that cannot be made openly accessible should be recorded as far as possible as research outputs.
- Research data is supported through the creation of Data management plans. The Library provides the DMP Tool for one stop data management plans
- Research data management and storage is provided through a range of services including:
- NCI - National Computational Infrastructure
- Discipline based international and national repositories
- Purpose built solutions at the University including ANU Data Commons.
The University’s support for Open research
- The University recognises the increasing requirement for support to make research outputs openly accessible to meet funder requirements and the university’s strategic goals.
- The University supports researchers through:
- The University’s Press which is fully open access
- The OA research infrastructure including Open research, the university’s repository and data management repositories
- Provision of support, advice and guidance for researchers and educators appropriate to their discipline
- Ensuring long-term sustainability of OA materials and their continued accessibility
- Engaging with government and other organisations to ensure policy development and compliance with funder, government and societal expectations.
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|Purpose||To set out the University's policy for enabling open access to knowledge created by members of the University.|
|Effective Date||30 Jul 2020|
|Next Review Date||30 Jul 2025|
|Responsible Officer:||University Librarian and Director, Scholarly Information Services|
|Contact Area||Library, Archives and University Records|
On 9 April 2021, the ANU Council assigned authority to approve academic policy to the Academic Board.