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Open access publishing

This guide introduces open access, its benefits, the different models, APCs, policies and resources, and OA @ RMIT University.


What are NTROs?

Non-Traditional Research Outputs (NTROs) which are not published with an academic publisher include data sets, conference posters, government or non-governmental reports or policy documents, recordings of presentations, etc.

ERA accepts the following eligible NTRO for reporting:

  • original creative works
  • live performance of creative works
  • recorded/rendered creative works
  • curated or produced substantial public exhibitions and events
  • research reports for an external body
  • datasets

Persistent identifiers

Commercially published work will usually have an identifier such as a DOI (digital object identifier) or ISBN assigned by the publisher, making them easily findable in databases or the reference lists of other publications, and shareable within research communities. 

Work not commercially published can also be assigned a persistent identifier to aid discovery and access. Many hosting platforms can mint DOIs and there are many other kinds of persistent identifiers.

Hosting your NTRO

You can host your ERA compliant NTRO in the RMIT Research Repository or any other stable and shareable location.

Host non-ERA reportable NTROs and datasets in Figshare.

Creative commons licences

Creative Commons logosCreative Commons (CC) licences are a great way to set licence conditions for the use of your NTROs.  You can choose from a variety of internationally recognised licences which determine how your work can be shared or resused under copyright law.

To choose a CC licence, think about how you would like others to be able to use your work.


Image: "Creative Commons logos" by Creative Commons is licensed under CC BY 4.0

Open research data

To find out about open data and its benefits consult the Library Guide Open Research.