The ARC Open Access Policy took effect from 1 January 2013.

The Australian Government makes a major investment in research to support its essential role in improving the wellbeing of our society. To maximise the benefits from research, publications resulting from research activities must be disseminated as broadly as possible to allow access by other researchers and the wider community.

The ARC acknowledges that researchers take into account a wide range of factors in deciding on the best outlets for publications arising from their research.

Such considerations include the status and reputation of a journal, book, publisher or conference, the peer review process of evaluating their research outputs, access by other stakeholders to their work, the likely impact of their work on users of research and the further dissemination and production of knowledge.

The ARC is committed to ensuring the widest possible dissemination of the research supported by ARC funding, in the most effective manner and at the earliest opportunity, taking into account any restrictions relating to intellectual property or culturally sensitive data.

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