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Open Access: Mandates

A guide to support UQ researchers to understand the key points of Open Access as an option for publishing journal articles.

UQ Open Access Policy

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The Open Access for UQ Research Outputs Policy 4.20.08 sets out the requirements for University of Queensland researchers to make publications arising from their research openly available via UQ’s institutional repository, UQ eSpace, as soon as possible following acceptance of the publication, taking into account any embargoes imposed by the publisher.

ARC & NHMRC Open Access policy compliance

Australian mandates

Australian Research Council (ARC): New policy as of 1 January 2013: Any publications arising from an ARC supported research project must be deposited into an open access institutional repository within a twelve month period from the date of publication. The policy commences on 1 January 2013, but the first publications are not potentially due to be made available in an institutional repository until after 1 January 2014.

National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC): After July 2012 the NHMRC requires that any publications arising from NHMRC supported research project must be deposited into an open access institutional repository within a twelve month period from the date of publication.

Research funding and article processing charges

Publishing in an open access journal (which may or may not charge an article processing fee) and publishing in a subscription journal which offers hybrid open access (for a fee) are supported under the ARC and NHMRC open access mandates. Both the ARC and the NHMRC do allow some of their grant allocation to be directed to publications costs. Because project budgets and dissemination pressures vary, funded researchers must decide which open access option is most appropriate for their circumstances.

International mandates

European Commission: From 2014 articles arising from European Commission from its research and innovation grants must be open access. The goal is for 60 percent of European publicly funded research to be available by 2016.

National Institutes of Health: The NIH Public Access Policy requires NIH funded researchers to submit all peer reviewed journal articles to PubMed within twelve months of publication. This is to ensure that the wider public have access to results from NIH funded research and developments.

Research Councils UK (RCUK): From April 2013, new open access policy will mandate that researchers will publish only in journals with an open access option.

Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics (SCOAP): Consortium (led by CERN) facilitating a discipline wide switch to open access publishing in high-energy physics (HEP). The major HEP journals will 'flip' to open access provided their current revenue can be maintained.

Wellcome Trust: The Wellcome Trust requires that all papers funded by the Trust are made freely available online.