Changes to NHMRC Open Access Policy

21 September 2022

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has revised their Open Access Policy.

All research must be published with open licencing and made open access immediately upon publication.

The aim of these changes is to improve accessibility, support innovation, and expand engagement with research. This will contribute to a stronger knowledge economy.

These changes apply immediately to all new NHMRC funded publications, and will apply to all other grants starting in 2024.

NHMRC is the first Australian funding agency to introduce this requirement.

You can review the Open Access Policy and Open Access and retention of ownership rights information sheet on the NHMRC website.

Why publish open access

These are huge benefits to having information be open access.

For example: on average, open access academic works are more easily discoverable by the public and are cited more often.

Further information on the benefits of open access can be found on the ANU Open Research website.

How to publish open access

Repository-based open access

Works are deposited into an open repository.

The ANU Open Research repository is the Australian National University’s service to make scholarly publications openly accessible.

Find out how you can contribute your research on the Open Research website.

Article Processing Fees/charges for open access

Some publishers have a charge (fee) for making articles available through open access.

The ANU Library has agreements with a number of publishers to allow ANU authors to publish articles via open access without paying these fees– Read and Publish Agreements. Read our news item for more information.