Thursday, 24 April 2014

Open Access: Payment not required

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and the Australian Research Council (ARC) have released Open Access policies that require all ARC/NHMRC funded research or partially funded research outputs to be made publicly available in an Open Access repository. 

 The intent is to maximise the impact of the Australian Government’s investment in research funding by improving access to research findings. Adherence to the Open Access policies forms part of the funding agreement with these agencies.
Some publishers are asking researchers to pay fees to comply with the Open Access Policies. Monash researchers do not need to, and should not pay additional fees to make material Open Access.
Both funding councils understand that some researchers may not be able to meet the new requirements initially because of current legal or contractual obligations.

Where outputs are required to be made Open Access the Chief Investigator must provide a compliant version (noting any embargo period) or a link to a compliant version, including the grant identification number, when requested by their local publication officer or faculty research office. If a version cannot be made available, the Chief Investigator must provide an explanation in the final grant report.

(Post originally published here)

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