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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.

RMIT Research Repository

How do I make my publications available in the Research Repository?

Step 1: Report your publications for Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) via the Researcher Portal (login required). This will ensure a record for your publication is added to the Research Repository.

Step 2: After reporting your research outputs for ERA, send a copy of the accepted manuscript version of your output to

Most publishers permit the 'accepted manuscript' version to be made available open access via the Research Repository. The accepted manuscript is the final author-created, peer-reviewed version that was accepted for publication.

Which version can I deposit?

You can find publishers’ self-archiving policies on the journal’s website and the SHERPA/RoMEO database.

Publishers use the following names for the different versions of manuscripts. It is important that you know the difference between them so you understand your rights when signing and complying with an agreement.

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Thesis submission

All RMIT University fully completed PhD or Masters by Research theses must be submitted to the RMIT Research Repository

Details about how to submit your thesis, along with information on access restrictions, copyright and restricted content, and embargoes are available on the Library Guide Finding and obtaining theses.


​What is Figshare?

Figshare is a best-in-class data publishing platform for RMIT researchers and Higher Degree Researchers to store, manage, share and discover research.

Information about Figshare is available on the Library Guide on Research Data Management.

Support for Figshare is available via email: