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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.

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.

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.

Reminder: publications produced from NHMRC new grants awarded under Grant Opportunity Guidelines issued on or after 20 September 2022 now need to be made available open access immediately.

For all other NHMRC grants, all publications produced up to 31 December 2023 must be made open access in a repository or other acceptable location within a 12-month period from the date of publication. This is implemented from 1 January 2024.

ARC & NHMRC Policy Compliance Flowchart by an Institution