Frequently Asked Questions


What are the benefits of having copies of my research outputs in ACU Research Bank?

  • Increased access to your work. ACU Research Bank is indexed by Google and other search engines. This increases the discoverability, and access, to the results of your research. Accessible research can be shared, built upon, and are available to practitioners to apply.
  • Removal of ‘price barriers’. Openly accessible research outputs serve the interests of many readers, including those unable to afford subscription costs or access fees. Libraries cannot offer comprehensive access to all relevant literature, and so even researchers with access to subscription databases may not have access to all of your research outputs.
  • Increased research impact. When your work reaches a wider audience, it can often lead to an increase in citations and other impact measures. For journals, open access makes the journal more visible and any increase in citations may translate into a higher journal impact factor, which in turn makes the journal more attractive to authors and readers.
  • Long term storage of your research outputs. Having your research outputs in ACU Research Bank ensures long term access to a record of your publication, and any attached digital files, from anywhere with internet access.
  • Facilitate research sharing. If you receive a request for copies of your research outputs you can direct the requester to the ACU Research Bank record. Each publication record will have its own unique and permanent link. Many researchers who have content in repositories also report increased contact or requests for collaboration from researchers who work in similar fields at other institutions around the world.
  • Showcasing ACU research outputs. ACU Research Bank provides a central place to store, manage and provide access to research outputs of ACU authors. This helps to promote and showcase the valuable work of ACU researchers to the entire global research community.

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How do I get my publications into ACU Research Bank?

ACU authors currently report details of their research publications and outputs to ACU Research. The information is entered into Research Master/Orion, and then sent to the Library to add to ACU Research Bank.

As part of this process, authors email a copy of the “author’s accepted manuscript version” (also known as the post-print version) of their journal article or conference paper to the Library. We then check the publisher copyright conditions attached to each publication and, when copyright permits, make it freely available via ACU Research Bank.

Links to published versions of articles, book chapters and conference papers that are freely available online are also added to the record.

Where access to content is via a subscription, a link will be added to the database or publisher’s website.

It is ACU’s policy to comply with all publisher deposit conditions (including embargo periods) and to include any required acknowledgements in each work’s repository record.

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Should I have a copy of my paper in ACU Research if it is already available somewhere else on the internet?

A paper may be readily available today; but there is no guarantee that it will continue to be available in the future – conference websites can disappear and online journals cease publication.

Having a copy of your paper in ACU Research Bank creates an additional, long term access point to your research output.

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What is the difference between a ‘Pre-print’ a ‘Post-print’ and a ‘Published’ version?

  • The Pre-print version (also called the submitted version or manuscript). This is the version sent to the publisher for peer-review.
  • The Post-print version (also called the author’s accepted version or manuscript). This is the final accepted version after it has been peer-reviewed, and with any suggested revisions incorporated.
  • The Published version (also called the publisher’s PDF). This version includes changes made by the publisher such as hyperlinked references, formatting, layout, pagination and other copy-editing changes.

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What is a publisher embargo?

A publisher embargo is the time after publication (commonly 12 months) before the publisher will permit a version of a publication to be available via another source, such as an institutional repository. ACU Research Bank has the facility to control embargo periods.

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What is the difference between green, gold and hybrid Open Access?

Open Access (OA) is the practice of making peer-reviewed scholarly publications freely available, rather than via a paid subscription or access fee.

Green Open Access occurs when an author deposits a full-text version of their article in an institutional or subject repository, thereby making it freely available online to readers.

Gold Open Access occurs when authors publish in a scholarly journal that provides immediate open access to the full content of the journal via the publisher’s website. Different models of Gold Open Access exist. For example, in some cases the publisher charges the author (or their institution) an ‘article processing charge’. In other cases, institutions or scholarly societies meet the cost of producing the journal.

Hybrid Open Access journals only provide open access to individual articles in a subscription-based journal when the author (or institution) pays a fee to have their article made freely available online. Often the Library has already paid a subscription to the same journal.

ACU Research Bank supports the Green Open Access model.

For further information, see Open Access FAQs.

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What do the different icons in ACU Research Bank represent?

The large icon, located in the top, right of the record, indicates that the full-text, or work, is available in the repository. The icon indicates the file type.

Common file types include:

  • PDFs
  • Word documents
  • MP3s and MP4s
  • External links

Some records have more than one file attached to them.

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