Find out about:

  • the different versions of open access (Green, Gold and Hybrid)
  • complying with policy and funding mandates
  • UQ eSpace, the University of Queensland's open access institutional repository for research outputs
  • article processing charge (APC) options.

2. Open access policies and mandates

UQ Open Access Policy

The Open Access for UQ Research Outputs Policy sets out the requirements for University of Queensland researchers to make publications arising from their research openly available via UQ’s institutional repository, UQ eSpace, as soon as possible following acceptance of the publication, taking into account any embargoes imposed by the publisher.

If publishers do not allow self-archiving, UQ authors are encouraged to request that the official UQ self-archiving addendum be included in the publishing contract:

'The Author has the right to publicly archive their revised, peer-reviewed personal version of their paper on their institutional website and their personal website, provided in all cases a link to the journal article on the Publisher website is included.'

Complying with funding mandates

Both the ARC and NHMRC have open access policies. They require:

  • open access to the post peer review version (Author accepted manuscript/post-print or a publisher's version) within 12 months of publication
  • the metadata available in UQ eSpace within 3 months of publication
  • research outputs to acknowledge funders, including the funder grant ID.
  • If your publications do NOT comply with the requirements you will need to provide an explanation in your final report (6.1 of the ARC Open Access Policy)
  • Making a preprint openly available will NOT meet the OA policy requirements for ARC and NHMRC. These are the versions of papers prior to peer review
  • It is NOT advised to use social networking sites (e.g. ResearchGate) as a means of achieving open access.

Note: If you have funding from another funding agency, check your funding agreement. Other funders (e.g. Wellcome Trust or Horizon 2020) have more onerous OA compliance requirements.