Open Access

Division of Research

Both the Australian Research Council (ARC) and National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) have released Open Access policies that require all ARC/NHMRC funded research or partially funded research to be made publicly available in an open access repository. This ensures that the research is disseminated freely and to as wide an audience as possible. More details are available from the ARC and NHMRC. Adherence to the Open Access policies forms part of the Funding Agreement with these Agencies.

Some publishers are asking researchers to pay fees to be compliant with the Open Access Policy - Researchers should not pay additional fees to publishers to make material Open Access compliant.

Research Output System (ROS)

ROS is UNSW's system for capturing and reporting research publications and outputs. ROS is also integrated with UNSWorks, UNSW's institutional repository. This streamlines the process for uploading publications to the repository to make open access copies available and to meet the open access mandate requirements. As a result of this integration you can use ROS to:

  • Create a link between your publication and any associated grants. ROS will then automatically send metadata about this publication to UNSWorks to meet the first part of the ARC and NHMRC open access mandate requirements
  • Upload full text copies of your publications to UNSWorks where copyright permits

ROS also includes deposit advice for journal articles from SHERPA RoMEO, the database of publisher copyright and self-archiving policies, to make it as easier to check if you are permitted to upload a copy of your article.

FAQs are available from
•    The Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL)
•    The Australian Research Council (ARC)
•    National Health and Medical Research (NHMRC)

Further Information
•    Open Access is clearly explained in the following short video by PhD Comics
•    Analysis of UNSW publications & publishers available.