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Open Access Toolkit: Funding mandates

Funders' open access mandates

Many research funders now require publications arising from their funding to be made openly accessible in the public domain within a certain period post-publication. This may involve deposit of the the full text of resulting publications into an institutional repository or a subject-specific repository by the recipient of the funding. Policies such as these mean that all researchers and the general public will have access to your research findings.

The National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (NHMRC) and Australian Research Council (ARC) have joined large international funding bodies such as the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the UK Wellcome Trust in mandating such open access (OA) requirements. These policies have significant implications for researchers at the University of Western Australia. 


Open Access compliance decision trees


Depositing full text

Funder requirements
Funders consider deposit of only certain versions of a publication acceptable to fulfill their policy requirements. The NHMRC and ARC require either the author's accepted manuscript or final publisher's version of a publication. 

Journal allowances
Each journal will have their own provisions for assisting authors to comply with funding mandates. Search the SHERPA/RoMEO database to find out which version of a publication your journal allows you to deposit.

If the journal you have published in does not allow the post-print or publishers version to be deposited, this will need to be documented and justified in your final report to the funder.

Useful links

  • SHERPA/FACT is a tool to help researchers check if the journals in which they wish to publish comply with their funder's requirements for open access to research.
  • SHERPA/RoMEO is a searchable database of publishers' policies regarding the deposit of journal articles on the web and in OA repositories.
  • SHERPA/JULIET database provides information on and links to the OA policies of many research funders.

For more information or assistance, contact the Senior Librarian in your subject area.