Research Online (RO) utilises Digital Commons to highlight and promote University of Wollongong scholarship and research output of various types, including refereed journal articles and conference papers. Information on the use of Research Online is provided below.
About Research Online
- What is Research Online?
- What are the benefits of depositing my papers in Research Online?
- Who can submit papers?
- What version can be used?
- What if I don't have an electronic copy of the document?
- What about copyright?
- Q What is Research Online?
Research Online is an open access digital archive, or institutional repository, promoting the scholarly output of the University of Wollongong. Research Online hosts a variety of published material, including journal articles, conference papers, books and book chapters, theses, working papers and audiovisual material such as photographs, artworks, sound recordings and videos. It also supports the publication of peer-reviewed e-journals.
- Q What are the benefits
Your published research can often only be accessed through library subscription databases. If you deposit a copy in Research Online you provide an additional access point and make it freely available on the internet, thereby facilitating discovery and use.
Enhanced impact and citation rates
Wider access to research outputs usually leads to an increase in citations as more researchers (academics and students) gain access to your work. Institutional repositories have been shown to increase citation rates by 50-300%.
Access to download statistics
Research Online automatically informs authors of their monthly full-text download statistics. These statistics provide users with timely feedback on the usage of their material.
Depositing copies of your publications in the Research Online provides peace of mind should your hard drive crash, for the material is backed up on a regular basis.
Facilitation of research sharing
If you receive requests for copies of your research you can direct the requester to Research Online. This saves time and money.
Showcase for UOW research output
University of Wollongong research outputs are disseminated across thousands of different journals, books, cd-rom and web sites around the world. The deposit of copies in Research Online creates a valuable showcase for the university and individual academics. Research Online provides full citation information.
- Q Who can submit material?
University of Wollongong staff and postgraduate research students can deposit published research material in Research Online.
- Q What version can be used?
A number of different terms are often used for the versions of papers that can be placed in a repository - preprint, postprint, manuscript or publisher's version.
A preprint is the version of an academic paper which is submitted by an author for peer review (to a journal or conference). This version may be revised by the author as a result of comments made by reviewers.
A postprint is the final version of an academic paper, incorporating the revisions made as a result of the peer review process or as accepted for publication if no changes were made. This is the version most commonly used on institutional repositories.
A manuscript version is the final draft version post peer review. This term is not commonly used within Australia, as 'manuscript' may imply an unpublished item. However it is used elsewhere, and equates to a postprint.
The preferred version for Research Online is the final draft version post peer review, as this is the version allowed by most (>90%) publishers. Research Online staff will determine whether use of the publisher version is permitted.
- Q What if I don't have an electronic copy of my work?
A printed copy can be scanned and uploaded to Research Online
- Q What about copyright?
Research Online staff will manage copyright issues. We have access to publisher copyright statements and policies, and will contact publishers to determine precise copyright condition. The majority of publishers (>90%) allow some form of a work to be uploaded, and it is also possible to negotiate to retain some, or all, of your rights prior to, or after publication Contact Research Online staff for further information.
It is sometimes possible to negotiate with publishers to retain some or all of your rights. At the very least, you should try to retain the right to self-archive a copy of your work in Research Online. Refer the University Library Copyright Services for additional information.
To ensure that you retain the right to deposit a copy of your work in Research Online a number of steps should be taken: