In response to the global movement towards open access to scholarly research and research outputs, The University of Queensland implemented an ‘Open Access for UQ Research Outputs’ policy in late 2013, to take effect from 1 January 2014. The policy ‘sets out the requirements for University of Queensland researchers to make publications arising from their research openly available via UQ’s institutional repository, UQ eSpace, as soon as possible following acceptance of the publication, taking into account any restrictions imposed by the publisher.’
Early direct contact approaches by the Library to encourage individuals and groups of researchers to provide UQ eSpace with a copy of their accepted manuscripts as soon as they were received from the publisher were not universally successful, due to ad hoc engagement by researchers in ‘yet another administrative task’. In addition, the overheads in implementing such a strategy in the long term across a large institution were deemed to be unsustainable.
At the same time, funding bodies increasingly began to require evidence of open access to prior publications when submitting a research grant application. It became clear that alternative pro-active strategies would be required to support the institution to honour its open access policy goal and to meet funding body mandates and requirements.
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