Support researchers

QUT Library supports the university's research community throughout the research lifecycle by providing services, resources and training to help meet our real world research priorities.

Office for Scholarly Communication

The Office for Scholarly Communication delivers researcher focused services and advice to support scholarly communications activity across the research lifecycle. As well as supporting and training researchers in achieving best practice in information research skills, scholarly publishing, research data management, copyright, open access, the use of publication metrics and raising researcher profiles, the OSC engages with policy in scholarly communications nationally and internationally.

For more information about these services contact the Office for Scholarly Communication.

Advancing information research skills and capabilities

Including IFN006 AIRS - Advanced Information Research Skills: a mandatory coursework requirement for Higher Degree Research (HDR) students enrolled in a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Master of Philosophy (MPhil) or Doctor of Education.

Managing research data

Including enabling access to purchased and externally-provided research datasets such as Australian Bureau of Statistics datasets, Research Data Finder, QUT's repository for publishing and sharing research data, and the QUT Data Management Planning Tool (QUT access only) for documenting the management of research data throughout the research process.

Understanding copyright

Including the QUT Copyright Guide: a general guide to the observance of Australian copyright law at QUT, structured according to the purpose for which copyright material is being used. See Copyright Guide: Contact/Help for an indication of the kinds of copyright assistance we provide to QUT students and staff.

Publishing strategically


  • How to make strategic decisions on where to publish well across the entire lifecycle of research, including through preprints; traditional, open access and other emerging journals; and books.
  • How to avoid being caught by deceptive publishing practices and what to expect when publishing.

Open scholarship and open access

Open scholarship and open access, including:

  • The QUT open access policy, including advice on different models of open access and open scholarship practices across different disciplines.
  • What are the open access routes that QUT supports including QUT's suite of open access journals.
  • How does QUT advocate and support open access through relevant national and international organisations.

Maximising visibility and impact of research outputs


  • QUT ePrints: A service which facilitates the widest possible dissemination and sharing of QUT research outputs.
  • How to use social media and collaboration platforms strategically.

Analysing publication metrics

Researchers are increasingly required to provide evidence of the impact their research publications and other research outputs have made. QUT Library provides citation analysis and benchmarking reports for researchers and groups, using a variety of tools. The Library also provides guidance on the use of metrics and training for tools such as SciVal, InCites and Altmetric Explorer.

Developing and linking researcher profiles and identifiers

Including how to use researcher profiling tools and identifiers such as ORCID, Publons, Scopus Author ID, and Google Scholar.

Liaison Librarians

Liaison Librarians provide discipline targeted research support consultations to QUT professional and academic staff.