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Open Access


The copyright owner of a research output may impose access restrictions on research outputs for a specified length of time, otherwise referred to as an embargo.

Authors can deposit embargoed research in UNSWorks and continue to meet publisher requirements by selecting the relevant embargo period during the deposit process. Once the allocated embargo period has expired the manuscript will then be made accessible to the public via UNSWorks.

The UNSW Open Access Policy requires authors to deposit in UNSWorks within twelve months of publication. Many publishers allow authors to make content freely available immediately or within twelve months of publication. UNSW does not support publisher embargoes longer than twelve months. 

To assist you in the selection of the correct embargo period, ROS includes archiving advice from SHERPA/RoMEO. However, it is important that you refer to your original contract prior to uploading a version of a publication in UNSWorks.

Note: The maximum period that is applicable for all embargoes in UNSWorks is 24 months. All other options that may be presented in ROS are non-applicable.

Further support

Contact your Outreach Librarian.