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UC Research Repository

The UC Research Repository showcases the research outputs of University of Canberra staff and postgraduate students. 

Its purpose is to centrally store, manage and provide long-term access for UC research outputs.

The increased visibility of research outputs located in the repository helps to disseminate UC research to the wider research community, potentially enhancing research impact and citation rates.

The UC Research Repository is indexed by Google, OAIster and Trove.

How do I get copies of my publications into the UC Research Repository?

Submit your publications to Research Services Office via the HERDC process.

This data is added to Research Master and used for government reporting purposes and it is also made available to the Library so that all submitted publications metadata can be added to the UC Research Repository and when copyright permits, made freely available online.

If you have copies of the author’s accepted manuscript version of any of your publications that have not previously been submitted to the Repository, please email them to

The UC Research Repository also collects the non-reportable HERDC categories. These are not reported to the Research Services Office so can be sent directly to the UC Research Repository at For non-peer reviewed work please send the author's final manuscript version.

Non-reportable HERDC catagories include:

  • Books - such as tertiary level text books, edited scholarly books, new editions of scholarly books
  • Book chapters
  • Journal articles - other scholarly refereed contributions, non-refereed scholarly articles, editorials, book reviews
  • Major reviews - a review of multiple works or a large body of knowledge, contributions to reference works greater than 4000 words in length
  • Conference papers - non-peer reviewed papers, published extracts of conference papers, edited volume of conference proceedings
  • Audio-visual recordings
  • Computer software
  • Refereed designs - including some exhibitions
  • Patents
  • Creative works - novels, poetry, major exhibit catalogues, long plays, short stories, musical works
  • Public presentations - radio talks and other presentations including live performances

Benefits of depositing your work

What are the benefits of having copies of my work in the UC Research Repository?

  • Increased access to your work – UC Research Repository is indexed by Google and other search engines. This means that your work is more likely to be discovered. When research is shared in a timely manner it ultimately benefits everyone as accessible research is built upon and new knowledge is applied by practitioners.
  • Removal of ‘price barriers’ – Making research outputs openly accessible serves the interests of many readers who would otherwise not be able to afford high subscription costs or access fees, such as researchers from poorer institutions or in developing countries. Libraries cannot offer comprehensive access to all relevant literature and so even researchers with access to electronic databases at other academic institutions may not have access to all of your research outputs.
  • Increased research impact – when your work reaches a wider audience, it can often lead to an increase in citations. For journals, open access makes the journal more visible and any increase in citations may translate into a higher journal impact factor, which in turn makes the journal more attractive to authors and readers.
  • Long term storage of your research outputs – when you deposit copies of your research outputs in the UC Research Repository it means that you can access the publication records and any attached digital files from anywhere with internet access.
  • Facilitation of research sharing – if you receive request for copies of your research outputs you can direct the requester to the UC Research Repository record. Each publication record will have its own unique and permanent link. Many researchers who have content in repositories also report increased contact or requests for collaboration from researchers who work in similar fields at other institutions around the world.
  • Showcasing of UC research outputs – the UC Research Repository provides a central place to store, manage and provide access to all of the research outputs of UC authors. This helps to promote and showcase the valuable work of UC researchers to the entire global research community.

Open Access & Social Media

Depositing your work in a Research Repository and using social media is a powerful way to promote your research:

Copyright & the UC Research Repository

Repository staff check publishers' policies on copyrighted material prior to placement in the Repository. The full text will only be displayed if one of the following apply:

  • The author has retained the copyright for the material and allows permission
  • The copyright agreement between the publisher and the author allows the full text to be made available
  • Permission has been granted by the publisher on request
  • The work has a Creative Commons Licence
  • The work is freely available online open access

For more information see the Copyright page in this guide.

Which version?

Pre-print – the version of a journal or conference paper that is submitted for peer review. This version may subsequently be revised by the author as a result of reviewers’ comments.
Post-print – the author’s accepted manuscript version of a paper, i.e. post peer-review and with any suggested revisions incorporated.
Published version – often called the Publisher’s PDF, this version includes changes made by the publisher whilst preparing the manuscript for publication and generally includes formatting, layout, pagination and other changes made as a result of copy-editing.

Contact Information

If you have any queries about the UC Research Repository or wish to submit your research, please contact us at

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Is content in the UC Research Repository discoverable via Google?

Yes. All records in the UC Research Repository and the digital files attached to these records are indexed by Google Scholar.