Open access

Open access makes Research Outputs permanently and freely available online. Anyone can use the full text of these articles for any lawful purpose including reading, downloading, copying, distributing, printing, searching, linking, crawling them for indexing, and passing them as data to software.

For more information see Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI)

Making UNSW research open access

UNSW is a research and teaching-intensive university committed to achieving global impact. Open dissemination of Research Outputs produced at UNSW, online and worldwide is fundamental to our role as a global leader in accelerating discovery, innovation, engagement and impact, and education.

UNSW Open Access Policy

UNSW researchers are required to make published Research Outputs openly available under a CC-BY license by deposit to UNSWorks upon publication.

This is mandatory for the following published Research Outputs:

  • peer-reviewed journal articles
  • peer-reviewed conference papers that meet the definition of research
  • research reports commissioned by an external body that meet the definition of research
  • Higher Degree Research theses (can be embargoed for up to 24 months).

We also encourage UNSW researchers, wherever possible, to make other Research Outputs including books and book chapters, non-traditional Research Outputs, published research data, code, software, and images available in UNSWorks.

For full details see the UNSW Open Access Policy

Funder policies

Many funding policies have open access requirements, UNSW researchers should check their funder's terms closely to ensure compliance.

ARC and NHMRC policies

If you receive funding from the ARC or NHMRC, you will need to comply with their respective open access policies. The most recent version of these policies can be found on the ARC website and the NHMRC website.

For full details of both policies see:

Deposit to UNSWorks

For information on how to deposit your thesis to UNSWorks see Depositing your thesis.

For all Research Outputs, excluding datasets and theses, deposit to the UNSW institutional repository UNSWorks via Research Outputs System (ROS). Before depositing your Research Output, it is important to check for copyright compliance and have the correct version of the output to upload. Usually, this is the Author Accepted Manuscript (AAM). An AAM is the accepted version of a journal article or monograph which has been peer reviewed but not typeset or copyedited. Unless you have published in an open access journal, the publisher’s PDF is generally not acceptable.

If you are unsure whether you have retained the right to make your Research Output open access via UNSWorks, check your publisher/author agreement. Sherpa Romeo provides information on publisher copyright and repository open access policies of journals.

For assistance regarding open access policies or depositing your research outputs into UNSWorks, contact your Outreach Librarian.

Managing your copyright

Journal publishers are increasingly allowing authors to make a version of their work open access via an institutional repository, but this is not universal. When you submit your Research Output to a publisher, read the publisher/author agreement carefully. If the publisher does not allow you to make the Version of Record immediately openly accessible with a CC-BY licence, UNSW authors must negotiate to keep the right to deposit their Author Accepted Manuscript in UNSWorks.

Use the following text to retain your rights:

'This research was produced in whole or part by UNSW Sydney researchers and is subject to the UNSW Intellectual property policy. For the purposes of open access, the author has applied a Creative Commons Attribution CC-BY licence to any Author Accepted Manuscript (AAM) version arising from this submission.'

Once published, you may deposit the Author Accepted Manuscript in UNSWorks via ROS.

If your journal does not allow your work to be shared in an institutional repository and you have not been able to negotiate to retain these rights, you will not be able to deposit your work in UNSWorks.

For more information on author rights retention and copyright, contact your Outreach Librarian.

For more information about copyright and author agreements see: