Research funding bodies, including the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and the Australian Research Council (ARC), often require publications derived from funded research to be made publicly available.
Before you publish, it is important to consider both:
- funding body requirements and how these affect you, and
- publishers' policies about OA archiving
Do my funded research outputs need to be openly accessible?
If you are funded by another body, make sure to read your grant conditions carefully to find out if OA publication is required. You can also search the Sherpa/Juliet database to find your funder's OA policy.
Does my publisher allow Open Access archiving?
Copyright transfer/licence agreements from publishers will contain conditions and restrictions that determine whether and how you can contribute your published research output to OA respositories.
Some publications allow the publisher's version to be included in an OA repository, while others only allow the inclusion of either pre-print or post-print/post-peer review copies. An Article Processing Charge (APC) may also be a condition of OA publication.
For contributions to books, consult the publishing contract or contact the publishers directly.
For journal publications, you can search the Sherpa/Romeo database to find information about publishers' policies.