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Open Access


UNSWorks is UNSW's institutional repository and aims to collect, preserve and showcase the research outputs of UNSW staff and students. Research outputs deposited into UNSWorks are openly accessible, discoverable and reusable by researchers and the general public.


Depositing an appropriate open access version of your research outputs into UNSWorks is also known as self-archiving. The advantages of this are:

  • a permanent freely accessible online home
  • a stable link for you to use when promoting your work
  • enhanced visibility of your research, allowing you to reach a broader audience (e.g. researchers outside your discipline)
  • free access to your research
  • increased reach of conference papers beyond the conference
  • long term preservation for your publication making it digitally secure for the lifetime of the repository

UNSW staff and students can deposit into UNSWorks via the Research Outputs System (ROS). Only copyright compliant versions of your work should be uploaded.

Not all publishers allow self-archiving, so it is important to check what is permitted before uploading a copy of your publication. SHERPA/RoMEO provides information on journal and publisher copyright and self-archiving policies.

Where publishers do permit self-archiving, often they allow only the author's accepted copy (post-print). Ensure you do not upload the final, published version unless permitted.

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Explore open access research outputs in UNSWorks.


Frequently asked questions about UNSWorks.

Further support

Contact your Outreach Librarian.