Open access: Research Outputs Repository (ROR)

UniSA Research Outputs Repository

The University of South Australia’s Research Outputs Repository is a digital collection which promotes, preserves and provides open access to the research and scholarly output of the University of South Australia. Inclusion in Research Outputs Repository (ROR) will contribute to global research and scholarship and promote readership of your publication to researchers worldwide.

Works in Research Outputs Repository are held indefinitely in an electronic format and made available to individuals for non-commercial purposes only. All rights management information that exists on the publication will be reproduced and copyright compliance is managed by the Library.

Examples of accepted manuscripts

An accepted manuscript is the final manuscript version of the work. It includes any corrections made as a result of peer review but no copy editing or formatting contributed by the publisher. It may also be referred to as the Author Accepted Manuscript or the Accepted Article

Examples of accepted manuscripts include:

Pisaniello, JD, Dam, TT & Tingey-Holyoak, JL 2015, ‘International small dam safety assurance policy benchmarks to avoid dam failure flood disasters in developing countries’, Journal of Hydrology, vol. 531, no. 3, pp. 1141–1153.

Due to publisher conditions, some accepted manuscripts may require password access with your UniSA login. Once any embargo conditions have expired, the accepted manuscript will be made publicly available.

Tip: Keep all versions of your publications. Library staff will advise you if the version you have supplied cannot be loaded due to publisher conditions, and may request a different version.

How does the Research Outputs Repository promote open access?

UniSA researchers should archive their outputs in the Research Outputs Repository, where they may be made available on open access based on access rights policies associated with them.

Many traditional publishing models require authors to sign over copyright in their research articles and publishers vary greatly in what they allow an institutional repository to provide access to.


Some publishers will let an author add to the repository:

  • an accepted manuscript (draft after peer review) or a pre-print (draft before peer review), but not the published version
  • the published version after an embargo period
  • nothing at all

It is a good idea to keep your peer-reviewed accepted manuscripts (the version accepted for publication, prior to final publishers formatting) as the Library may contact you requesting these documents for adding to the Research Outputs Repository.

How to submit to the ROR?

Within one month of acceptance of  publication, submit the accepted manuscript using the Appian submission form and uploading the accepted manuscript.

If you have registered your ORCiD with UniSA, then the outputs will be processed and you will be emailed requesting the accepted manuscript be sent if applicable.

Once the publication has been formally published, the Library will automatically add the published version to ROR.

If the publication is a gold open access publication, only send the publication details. The accepted manuscript is not required, as the Library can make the published version publicly available immediiately in the ROR.