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Open Access for QUT Research Outputs (Including Theses) Policy

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Section 1 - Purpose

(1) The purpose of this Policy is to outline Open Access mechanisms used at QUT to facilitate the widest possible availability, dissemination and reuse of QUT research by other researchers nationally and internationally, and by the wider community.

(2) The Policy supports compliance with QUT’s obligations under contracts, funding rules and open access policies of the Australian Research Council (ARC), National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), and other public and private research funding bodies.

(3) It also supports QUT’s aim to maximise QUT’s engagement with Indigenous communities as outlined in the AIATSIS Code of Ethics for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research (the AIATSIS Code) and the NHMRC Guidelines on Ethical conduct in research with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and communities.

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Section 2 - Application

(4) This Policy applies to QUT staff and higher degree research students. It also applies to all University affiliates (visiting academics, academic title holders, industry fellows, emeritus professors, adjunct and honorary title holders, and conjoint appointments) where a QUT attribution is appropriate in the publication in question.

(5) The Policy applies to research outputs intended for publication, for the purpose of conferring a higher degree or for academic recognition and impact. It does not apply to coursework outputs, teaching materials, social media communications, research outputs intended for commercial purposes or which contain culturally sensitive or confidential material.

(6) This Policy does not apply to material which, if made available online under this Policy, would infringe third party intellectual property rights, statutory obligations, or contractual or other legal obligations.

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Section 3 - Roles and Responsibilities

Position Responsibility
Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Research) Provides strategic oversight of higher degree research development.
Provides guidance regarding policy compliance.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Academic) Implements policy and issues guidance regarding compliance with this Policy.
University Librarian Provides the institutional repository service (QUT ePrints). Annually, through the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Academic), reports to University Research Committee on the status of QUT ePrints.
Issues guidance regarding policy compliance.
Graduate Research Centre Eensures that higher degree research theses (in digital format), and accompanying research data, together with documentation relating to any approved embargoes, restrictions or copyright permissions are made available to the Library for QUT ePrints.
Authors and researchers Retain, or obtain from the corresponding author, a copy of the Author Accepted Manuscript (AAM) version when a research article has been accepted for publication.
Provide a copy of the AAM version for QUT ePrints.
Inform external contributors about the requirements of this Policy.
Higher degree research students Arrange permissions for any third-party copyright materials included in their thesis.
On conclusion of the thesis examination process, submit a digital. copy of their final thesis in accordance with the Higher Degree Research Candidates Policy and the Requirements for Presenting Theses (QUT access only).
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Section 4 - Full-Text Access

Materials that must be made Available via QUT ePrints

(7) All refereed research articles and published conference papers at the post-peer review stage. These should be made immediately available, with a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licence, ideally at the time of first online publication (as soon as a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) for the work is available) but at the latest by the time the version of record is published. The version provided to QUT ePrints by the author must be the Author Accepted Manuscript (AAM) version, except where the published version is open access, in which case the published version or a permanent link to the published version must be provided.

  1. If the AAM (not just the preprint) has been made available in an established specialist open access preprint repository, such as arXiv, the author should just provide a link to that version.
  2. If a QUT researcher is submitting a manuscript to a journal that does not yet by default allow the author to make the Version of Record immediately openly accessible with a CC BY licence, the researcher must either:
    1. at the time of submitting the manuscript, inform the journal of the rights retained in the AAM (for example, by outlining this in the manuscript or cover letter);
    2. or if this is not possible at the time of submission, amend the publishing agreement.
  3. In either instance, researchers may use the following text to retain their rights:
    1. “This research was produced in whole or part by QUT researchers and is subject to the QUT Open access for QUT research outputs (including theses) and Intellectual property policies. 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”.

(8) Digital theses submitted by higher degree research candidates (for the awards of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Professional Doctorate by Research, Higher Doctorates, Masters of Philosophy, and Masters by Research) via the Graduate Research Centre. For some theses by creative work, only the exegesis is made available via QUT ePrints. Exemptions and embargoes must be approved by the Research Degrees Committee. Except where a more liberal licence is requested, theses will be made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives Licence (CC BY-NC-ND).

(9) QUT researchers are encouraged, whenever possible, to make other scholarly works including books, book chapters and non-traditional research outputs openly available via QUT ePrints.

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Section 5 - Copyright

(10) The documents in QUT ePrints are protected by copyright according to the Intellectual Property Policy.

Refereed Research Articles and Published Conference Papers

(11) QUT assigns staff the right to publish work performed while at QUT, subject to a perpetual, irrevocable, world-wide, royalty-free, non-exclusive licence in favour of QUT which allows QUT to make the work available via QUT ePrints.

QUT Theses

(12) As part of the enrolment process higher degree research students grant QUT a perpetual, worldwide, royalty-free, non-exclusive licence to communicate their submitted thesis and peer reviewed journals articles via QUT ePrints.

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Section 6 - Definitions

Term Definition
Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) Licence Allows reusers to distribute, remix, adapt, and build upon the material in any medium or format, so long as attribution is given to the creator. This licence allows for commercial use.
Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-No Derivatives (CC BY-NC-ND) Licence Allows reusers to copy and distribute the material in any medium or format in unadapted form only, for non-commercial purposes only, and only so long as attribution is given to the creator.
Thesis Means a substantive work as submitted for examination for the award of a higher degree by research and as defined in Higher Degree Research Candidates Policy.
Embargo In academic publishing is a period of time during which access to a specific version of the work is restricted.
Scholarly Works Are QUT intellectual property in the form of articles (refereed or un-refereed), books or book chapters, manuals, musical compositions or creative writing, or any digital or electronic version of these. Computer programs, education resources or administration material are not treated as scholarly works under the Intellectual Property Policy.
Author Accepted Manuscript (AAM) Is the version of a research article that has been peer-reviewed and accepted for publication. It includes revisions made by the authors during the peer-review process, but it does not include the formatting and copy-editing contributed by the publisher when producing the final published version.
Version of Record Is the typeset, copyedited and published version of journal article, book chapter or published contribution to a conference.
Open Access (OA) Is a set of principles and a range of practices through which research outputs are distributed online, free of cost or other access barriers. Through licensing via an open licence (usually a Creative Commons Licence), freely available outputs can also be legally shared and reused. Hence, open access is more than just free access.
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Section 7 - Delegations

(13) Refer to Appendix 3 Register of Authorities and Delegations (C122, C124, C125, C126) (QUT staff access only).