Make your research visible
Practise open scholarship by sharing plans, protocols, methodology, infrastructure, code, data and findings throughout the research process in a way that enables access and reuse by others.
Adhere to the code by familiarising yourself with our research integrity resource sheets, in particular:
If your research is funded by key bodies— ARC or NHMRC —you must:
- deposit research outputs in an open access institutional repository, within a year of publication
- openly share research data, where possible.
Share and communicate research methodology, data and findings openly, responsibly and accurately
Find a high quality open access publisher
You can find a high quality open access publisher by:
- searching the Directory of Open Access Journals ( DOAJ ) a list of high quality, peer reviewed, open access journals
- checking the Directory of Open Access Books ( DOAB ) a list of peer reviewed titles published under open access licences
- browsing the Australian Open Access Strategy Group ( AOASG ) list of Australian open access book publishers
- using the Think, Check, Submit checklist to assess the relevance and quality of a publisher or journal.
Be cautious of unsolicited email invitations that ask you to:
- publish your thesis as an open access book
- join editorial boards
- participate in conference or special issues of journals.
These may be from unethical publishers who exploit the open access business model without providing high quality publishing services.
What about copyright?
Use a Creative Commons licence or other copyright licences that allow you to retain copyright and share your work openly, maximising re-use while requiring that your work is appropriately attributed and cited.
My data is sensitive
Some data may never be shared due to risks to privacy, although with appropriate measures in place, most sensitive data can be shared. To share sensitive data responsibly, you must obtain participants’ informed consent. Get practical guidance on protecting personal information in research studies from the Research ethics manual and the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner. Manage your risk of disclosure via the Five Safes Framework, used by organisations such as the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
Want to take it further?
You can contribute to open scholarship by: