In accordance with the
National code of Research,
Victoria University’s Institutional Repository (VUIR) is part of VU's
commitment to making research accessible to others.
VUIR is an open
access database on the web containing VU research material. Researchers and
throughout the world have access to this material. VUIR is often seen as a place
to self-archive research material.
Whilst material on VUIR is being published, it is done so under a licence.
VUIR’s licence does not alter the ownership of copyright.
VU research staff must deposit their research material onto
(PDF, 84 KB) unless prevented by the restrictions listed below. Staff can choose to
deposit a pre-print,
post-print, publisher version, or an abstract of the
Please do not deposit research material onto VUIR (or deposit it onto a specialist subject web database) if:
- a publishing, funding, or
collaborative research agreement restricts you from
doing so. (Remember you could seek to alter your agreement/contract or get
- you wish to submit this research material to a publisher (unless you are certain that by
depositing this, you will not jeopardise a future publishing agreement.)
- the research has the capacity to produce an income stream for VU or yourself and where the publication of this material on VUIR
would diminish this potential.
In addition to VUIR, research staff can choose to deposit their research
material onto a specialist subject web database. (Contact the
Research librarian for
assistance with this.) This allows your colleagues in your field to look at the research. As these databases tend
to be open
access, follow the VUIR copyright guidelines when submitting onto
By doing this, you will be increasing the exposure your research receives. Besides aiding
the academic community and the world at large, you will also be increasing the
likelihood of other researchers reading and referencing you in their own
research. This can help your academic reputation and future promotion prospects.
Make sure that you are allowed to deposit your research material onto VUIR
(or specialist subject web databases). Check your publishing agreement. Many specify that only particular versions of the research can be
deposited on an on-line database.
With journal articles, the SHERPA/RoMEO database
will generally tell you what your publisher will permit. Otherwise, look
publisher’s website for links called “Notes to contributors” or
“Information for authors”. The information would also be in your contract.
Please contact VU's eResearch Librarian if you need help with this.
With funded or collaborative research material, you will also need to
check your agreement. However if the copyright in this material
has already been assigned to a publisher, you will need to look at the
If your agreement does not permit you to deposit a pre-print, post-print,
publisher version or abstract version of your research material onto VUIR or web
subject database, you may wish to seek permission to do so.
If you own the copyright in the research material, you may consider taking
out a Creative Commons licence. This will allow others to use your work under a
range of conditions (depending on which Creative Commons licence you use). Such
conditions often include an educational and non-commercial use.