Thursday, 11 September 2014

NHMRC and ARC Open Access policies at Monash

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.

Australian Open Access policies


NHMRC: Journal articles accepted for publication after 1 July 2012 must be deposited into an Open Access institutional repository within 12 months of the date of publication. Articles accepted for publication before, but not published until after 30 June 2012, are exempt.

ARC: Any publications arising from a grant funded after 1 Jan 2013 must be deposited into an Open Access institution repository within a 12 month period from the date of publication. 

Open Access methods

  • Deposit into discipline and institutional repositories (http://arrow.monash.edu.au/) . 
  • Publisher embargo periods – some titles become open after a nominated period, or can be deposited in repositories
  • New Open Access journals – 5,000 since 2010 
–Some free, some charge Author Publication Charges
 
  •  Terminology
–Pre print = all versions of an article up the post print version
–Post print = the final version before the published version
–Published version = as appears in a journal (or as a chapter, etc)
 

  Chief Investigator Responsibilities 

  • Understand the copyright in the publication. The new policies encourage CIs to seek a publication agreement that retains the author’s right to deposit a copy of the publication in an Open Access repository. Refer to Copyright at Monash University for more advice.
  • Provide the Grant Number related to the publication.
  • If the publication is openly accessible via the publisher’s website or via a service such as PubMed Central, provide the link to the publication. 
  • If the publication is not open immediately provide a copy to your publication officer that can be made available.
  • Both funding councils understand that some researchers may not be able to meet the new requirements initially because of current legal or contractual obligations – in this case provide details in the final report.
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