ARC / NHMRC and Open Access
Both the ARC (Australian Research Council) and the NHMRC (National Health and Medical Research Council) require researchers to make publicly funded research data and outputs available as widely as possible. Depositing your work in the Flinders Academic Commons, Flinders University's Institutional Repository complies with ARC and NHMRC mandatory open access requirements. Contact eResearch@Flinders for assistance with compliance.
- In its most recent (December 2010) Funding Rules, the ARC has allowed for the potential costs associated with publication and dissemination of research outputs to be paid from ARC funding .
- As of 1 July 2012, publications arising from NHMRC supported research must be deposited into an open access institutional repository within twelve months of publication .
 Australian Research Council (2010) Discovery Projects Funding Rules for funding commencing in 2012. http://www.arc.gov.au/pdf/DP12_FundingRules.pdf, see sections 5.2.2 and 13.3.2.
 National Health and Medical Research Council (2012) NHMRC Revised Policy on the Dissemination of Research Findings. http://www.nhmrc.gov.au/grants/policy/dissemination-research-findings
ARC Chief Investigator Responsibilities
FAC and ARC policy
As Chief Investigator on an ARC grant, you have mandated Open Access responsibilities.
The Australian Research Council's (ARC) open access policy states :
The ARC has introduced a new open access policy for ARC funded research which takes effect from 1 January 2013. According to this new policy the ARC requires that any publications arising from an ARC supported research project must be deposited into an open access institutional repository within a twelve (12) month period from the date of publication. ...The policy will be incorporated into all new Funding Rules and Agreements released after 1 January 2013. It will not be applied retrospectively to pre-existing Funding Rules and Agreements.
The Flinders Academic Commons (FAC) is the University’s open access institutional repository. Deposit of your publications in the FAC within a 12 month period from the date of publication will satisfy ARC requirements.
Key ARC Requirements:
- Applies to all Grants awarded 1 January 2013 onwards.
- The Chief Investigator (CI) is responsible for ensuring compliance, within 12 months from publication.
- Applies to any publication type (e.g. conference paper, journal article, book, book chapter, report).
- The policy commences on 1 January 2013
- The first publications are not potentially due to be made available in an institutional repository until after 1 January 2014
- The policy will be incorporated into all new Funding Rules and Agreements released after 1 January 2013. It will not be applied retrospectively to pre-existing Funding Rules and Agreements.
- Responsibility for depositing publication output
The Chief Investigator (CI) on any given grant will be responsible for providing the publication metadata (ie – journal name, title, author list, volume, issue, page numbers etc) and, as and when it becomes available, the appropriate copy of the publication to the institutional repository. This is independent of the CI’s authorship role (first, last or middle) on a given research output.
- Compliance deadline
Publications need to be in the FAC within 12 months from the date of publication. However, publication metadata should be submitted as soon as possible after the paper is accepted for publication.
- Acceptable versions
Both the author’s version of the article (Word document) after peer-review, with revisions having been made and the publisher’s version (e.g. journal version with final pagination and formatting) are acceptable under this revised policy.
Journals may have different policies regarding what version of a manuscript or article can be made available, and timing of this availability. This information should be included in any copyright/licensing agreement.
FAC staff will check publishers’ copyright agreements and advise on the appropriate version to deposit.
- Papers already available openly
For articles already available openly, for example by payment of an Article Processing Charge (APC), the metadata (citation information) still needs to be deposoited to the FAC, including corresponding NHMRC grant number/s. We will then add a link to the open access paper. This is to allow the NHMRC to monitor what is being made available open access.
The above information has been sourced from the ARC website: ARC Open Access Policy.