Flinders Academic Commons
The Flinders Academic Commons (FAC) is an institutional repository for disseminating and preserving the scholarly work of Flinders University. It offers a central location for depositing research outputs or other scholarly work for which authors have retained copyright or acquired permission to do so. In addition, the FAC provides enduring access and makes the content easily discoverable.
The FAC was launched in 2006, initially as a joint project between the Humanities Research Centre and the Library. Now administered solely by the eResearch@Flinders team in the Library, the FAC services the whole University community in archiving outputs from all disciplines, as well as from the University's affiliates.
The FAC uses DSpace software, an open source software platform that was originally developed at MIT to ensure stable, long-term storage for digital research.
Submission to the FAC
Submission to the FAC is mediated through eResearch @ Flinders in the Library. To make your work available via the FAC, contact eResearch@flinders.edu.au.
eResearch will assess the copyright requirements of each of your publications and ensure compliance with publisher copyright policies.
If you are a Chief Investigator of an ARC (Australian Research Council) or NHMRC (National Health and Medical Research Council) grant eResearch can also ensure your compliance with Open Access mandates.
FAC: Benefits and Considerations
Including your research in the FAC
There are four main benefits to including your research in the FAC:
- Preservation: the FAC is a secure and long term archive for your scholarly work.
- Stability: each item in the FAC receives its own individual, permanent, citable, linkable URL that will not change or break over time.
- Visibility: material in institutional repositories such as the FAC is given preferential treatment by Google and Google Scholar, and ranks higher in search results lists, leading to the potential for higher citation rates and increased impact factors. The FAC is also indexed by Trove (the National Library of Australia’s search engine) and OAIster (a freely accessible catalogue of Open Access resources).
- Compliance: satisfying requirements of research funded by NHMRC grants, by placement in Flinders University's own open access institutional repository.
When including your publications in the FAC, there are some considerations to think about, such as:
- Does my work fit under the FAC Collection Development Policy?
- Has my work been made publicly available before? (published in a book, available on a public website).
- If so, who is the copyright holder for the item? Sometimes, copyright is assigned to the publisher as part of the publishing contract; this needs to be checked before including any published work in the FAC.
- If it has not been made available before, are there any reasons why it should not be made available publicly? (eg commercial risks, privacy, cultural reasons).