Research funding obligations

Both the Australian Research Council (ARC) and the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) have open access policies. These policies are designed to bring publicly-funded Australian research to a worldwide audience.

If your research is funded by either of these bodies, these changes will have a significant impact on you and your research. Our institutional repository, Swinburne Research Bank, can help you meet your obligations.

Australian Research Council

  • All peer-reviewed publications must be deposited in an open access institutional repository within 12 months of publication (unless prohibited by legal or contractual obligations)
  • The policy applies to all peer-reviewed publication types
  • The policy applies to publications funded by grants awarded in 2013 and onwards.

National Health and Medical Research Council

  • All peer-reviewed journal articles must be deposited in an open access institutional repository within 12 months of publication (unless prohibited by legal or contractual obligations)
  • The policy applies to all articles accepted for publication after 01 July 2012
  • Only journal articles are required, but deposit of other publication types is encouraged
  • The NHMRC defines the publication date as the date the journal assigns a volume and page numbers to your article, not the 'online in advance of print' date.

Meet your obligations

The Swinburne Research Bank team can help. We are experienced in interpreting publishers' copyright policies and will help determine which version of your work to make available to meet the conditions of your grant.

  • Send the details of your work to researchbank@swin.edu.au as soon as the paper is accepted for publication.
  • Let us know which grant funded the publication.
  • Attach the accepted manuscript version of your work.

The accepted manuscript is the final Word or LaTeX draft you sent to the publisher after peer review but without the publisher's formatting and logo. The content is essentially the same as the final published version (PDF), but the published version may have typesetting, editorial or formatting changes.

If your publisher does not allow you to deposit of any version of your article, you may need to enter into a separate copyright agreement at the time of publication. For more information, contact researchbank@swin.edu.au