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FAQ

1. What is the University of Canberra Research Portal?

The University of Canberra Research Portal is an open access digital repository hosted by the university containing research outputs of University of Canberra staff and postgraduate students. It is the public face of the university's research management and reporting system, PURE

The purpose of the Portal is to preserve and make accessible the research output of the University to local, national and international communities; this will maximise impact for individual researchers and highlight the overall research profile of the University.

The Portal includes bibliographic details (metadata) such as author(s), title, publication date, abstract and keywords about material included and, where copyright permissions allow, full text of items is also available of material that can be digitised for viewing and download.

The University of Canberra Research Portal is an open access repository, publicly available and searchable via the Internet.

2. How do I get my work into the University of Canberra Research Portal?

  • UC Researchers add the items to PURE research management system; they are encouraged to also include the "authors final manuscript" version to PURE at this time (where applicable). Alternately they can send the "authors' final manuscript" for any item to researchrepository@canberra.edu.au at any time. Repository staff will store the file in PURE and make it open access only if copyright or publisher archiving policies permit, applying open access embargo periods as applicable

3. Who can deposit research in University of Canberra's Research Portal?

  • For the Research Collection at least one author of the work must be affiliated with the University of Canberra as staff or affiliate at time of publication.
  • For the Theses Collection the thesis must have been completed at UC
  • For the Data Collection one author must be affiliated with the University of Canberra at the time of deposit

4. What can be included in University of Canberra Research Repository?

A wide range of traditional and non-traditional research types are accepted by the UC Research Services Office for admission into PURE. If unsure, please check with them.

5. What are the benefits of including research in the University of Canberra Research Portal?

For Researchers:

  • Increased exposure of your research by making it accessible and searchable worldwide via the Internet
  • Research outputs will be indexed by search engines - Research displayed via the University of Canberra Research Portal will be harvested by search engines such as Google,  Google Scholar, OAIster (a worldwide catalogue of digital resources) and Trove (National Library Catalogue), CORE etc. resulting in high rankings of your research in search engine results
  • A centralised repository of research - The University of Canberra Research Portal will provide you with central, searchable storage of your research
  • Research collaboration - The University of Canberra Research Portal facilitates collaboration and research linkages with other researchers in the field
  • Research storage and access - The University of Canberra Research Portal provides long-term secure access to your research

For the University:

  • Highlighted research profile  - The Research Portal highlights the research profile of the University by providing a consolidated centralised showcase of the university's research output
  • Research reporting - The Research Portal supports research reporting by meeting the full text requirements for our Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) submission

7. What happens about copyright?

At UC generally the copyright of a paper is held by the author prior to publication. The publisher's agreement the author signs at the time of publication often requires the copyright of the work be transferred to the publisher; this then restricts use of the published work.
Many publishers still allow a version of the work to be made available in an institutional repository, this is usually the peer reviewed "author's final manuscript" (also known as the "author's accepted manuscript" or post-print version). The Sherpa/RoMEO website lists the policies for most publishers.

8. Can I make my work Open Access if the publisher owns the copyright of my published works?

If copyright is owned by the publisher, the Library will assign an access level that meets the publisher's archiving policy on open access.
The vast majority of journal publishers now allow authors to archive the "author's accepted manuscript" version of their articles in an institutional repository.
Repository staff will not make material publicly available until confident they have authorisation to do so. The SherpaRomeo project provides a searchable websites of publisher policies regarding deposit of publications in institutional repositories.
Many conferences papers are published open access online. We check the archiving policies of the conference and, when necessary, contact publishers of conference proceedings.

9.  What is the difference between research paper versions?

  • The Submitted Version (sometimes called the preprint) is the version the author initially sends to the journal for review. Researchers in some disciplines, such as physics, share submitted versions of works online regularly for discussion.
  • The Accepted Version (sometimes called the postprint or accepted version or author's final manuscript), is the final authors' manuscript version of the work. It includes any corrections made as a result of peer review but no copy-editing or formatting contributed by the publisher. This is the most useful version for making work open access.
  • The Published Version is the version of record 'as published' in the journal (sometimes called the 'publisher's PDF').  This version generally includes value added by the publisher, such as hyperlinked references, typesetting (into columns) volume and issue details, and pagination. Only a small proportion of all publishers will allow this version to be made open access, even after an embargo.

For further information please contact the Research Repository Officer.