The Australian Research Council (ARC) and the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Open Access policies aim to ensure that the discovery of publicly funded research is made available to researchers and the wider community.
The ARC Funding Agreement requires all fully or partially funded research to be made publicly available in an Open Access institutional repository within 12 months of the date of publication.
The NHMRC Open Access Policy requires all peer-reviewed publications arising from NHMRC-funded research to be made available immediately upon publication.
The ARC Open Access policy mandate that research outputs be made openly accessible within 12 months of publication under the following conditions:
The NHMRC Open Access policy mandates the open access sharing and use of publications arising from NHMRC-funded research.
There are two highlighted routes to open access required by the NHMRC, these are highlighted below.
Making the Version of Record immediately open access with a CC BY licence. This route can be used when an article is being published in an open access journal, described as 'gold' or 'diamond' open access depending upon the business model of the journal.
The Author Accepted Manuscript is made immediately open access with a CC BY licence by depositing the Author Accepted Manuscript in an open online repository such as an institutional or other subject-based repository. This route is sometimes called ‘green’ open access. There is no fee or APC associated with this route (NHMRC, 2022, p.12).
NHMRC encourages researchers to consider the reuse value of their data and to take reasonable steps to share research data and associated metadata arising from NHMRC supported research. Researchers are encouraged to adhere to the F.A.I.R Principles and CARE Principles for Indigenous Data Governance. When sharing data, researchers must ensure that appropriate metadata accompany the datasets. This will allow users of the data to fully understand the data, the curation strategies, assumptions, experimental conditions, and any other details relevant to the interpretation of the data (NHMRC, 2022, p.16-17).
NHMRC encourages authors of scholarly books, scholarly books chapters and edited research books, including prestigious reference works, and producers of other forms of research outputs to make them open access where possible (NHMRC, 2022, p.11).
National Health and Medical Research Council. (2022). Open access policy https://www.nhmrc.gov.au/about-us/publications/nhmrc-open-access-policy-2022
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