ARC and NHMRC Open Access Mandate

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Open Access Policy and the Australian Research Council (ARC) Open Access Policy now require that grant recipients disseminate open access copies of publications arising from their grants no later than 12 months after the date of publication.

Funded authors are required to deposit article details (including the grant ID) in an open access repository (such as QUT ePrints, which includes a field for NHMRC and ARC grant IDs) plus:

  • for Green OA, a copy of the 'accepted manuscript' version of the article. Please read the publishing agreement terms carefully to ensure the journal allows authors to disseminate an open access copy of the 'accepted manuscript' version via an institutional repository within 12 months.
  • for Gold or Hybrid OA, a link to the open access full-text. Some open access journals charge article processing fees to cover the cost of publication (in lieu of charging readers). NHMRC's Funding Agreement and Deeds of Agreement and the ARC have both indicated that article processing charges can be included in direct research costs of the project budget.