Open access: Mandated OA

UniSA Open Access Policy

UniSA's Open Access Policy applies to scholarly publications and other published research outputs arising from publicly funded research produced by the following:

  • research, academic, teaching and professional staff
  • holders of honorary academic titles conferred by the University
  • research higher degree and research professional doctorate candidates.

This policy enables the University to fulfil its responsibilities as articulated in the NHMRC's revised policy on the dissemination of research findings, and the ARC's Open Access Policy.

See the Checking research outputs for open access compliancy with UniSA, NHMRC and ARC policies for more information about checking your compliance.

Impact of Open Access

"The impact of our clinical research relies on the information being easy to access. Limited access means limited collaboration and limited influence."

-- Associate Professor Susan Hillier, Dean: Research & Research Education; Stroke and Rehabilitation Group, iCAHE


ARC & NHMRC Policy Compliance Flowchart by an Institution


ARC & NHMRC Open Access policies

Both the Australian Research Council (ARC) and National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) have implemented Open Access Policies for research publications supported by their funded research projects.

Both the ARC policy and the NHMRC policy have similar stipulations which require publications arising from their funded research projects be deposited into an open access institutional repository within a twelve month period from the date of publication.

ARC & NHMRC requirements

Both policies have been revised  and remain substantively the same as  the previous versions they replace.

Key changes include:

ARC (2017)

  • The addition of a definitions section
  • The specification to make research ARC-funded research outputs openly accessible in an institutional repository has been removed, and replaced with the requirement that these outputs must be made openly accessible. Only the metadata for research outputs must be made available to the public in an institutional repository
  • The scope has been clarified to apply to all outputs, rather than just publications (journal articles and scholarly monographs as is currently the case) arising from ARC-funded research and its metadata
  •  Greater guidance around the metadata requirements for ARC-funded research outputs
  • Specifying the need for appropriate licensing of research outputs in order to provide guidance on allowable access and reuse
  • Significantly clarifying the roles and responsibilities in relation to the ARC’s open access requirements.

NHMRC (2018)

  • Research publications are now referred to as ‘Research literature’ and include peer‑reviewed journal articles and conference papers.
  •  NHMRC now strongly encourages researchers to take reasonable steps to share research data and associated metadata arising from NHMRC supported research.
  • NHMRC has a new requirement for patents generated from public funding to be listed in Source IP.
  •  Greater guidance in the area of sharing data and metadata has been provided.
  • Roles and responsibilities in relation to the NHMRC Open Access Policy have been clarified.
  • Guidance for licensing of research publications and data has been provided.
  •  Reference to the Australian F.A.I.R. principles (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable)1 when publishing research literature and sharing data has been made.
  • The ‘NHMRC Principles for Accessing and Using Publicly Funded Data for Health Research’ have been removed  from the NHMRC Open Access Policy, but are still referred to in the Open Access Policy—Further Guidance document on NHMRC's website.


Mandatory archiving policies

Before submitting a publication, you should always check your funding agreements for open access publishing requirements.

SHERPA/JULIET provides a searchable database on the grant conditions of funding organisations and their archiving policies, or go direct to the funding body's webpages.