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ResearchOnline@ND and Open Access

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ResearchOnline@ND is The University of Notre Dame Australia's open access institutional research repository. The goal of the repository is to:

  1. capture and preserve the intellectual output of Notre Dame authors and researchers
  2. promote intellectual inquiry, research and cross-disciplinary collaboration
  3. provide open access to Notre Dame research and outputs

ResearchOnline raises the visibility and accessibility of Notre Dame's publications to local and international audiences, and provides data for mandatory Government reporting requirements such as the Higher Education Research Data Collection (HERDC) and Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA). It operates as an institutional repository for open access research publications, including Notre Dame's Higher Degree by Research electronic thesis collection, and as a publishing platform for University-endorsed eJournals.

Publishing in ResearchOnline


Upon completion of a thesis by research, a candidate's electronic version of their work is submitted for examination alongside a completed thesis declaration form to the Research Office. Once the thesis passes examination, Research Office staff forward these documents to ResearchOnline team for uploading to the repository. Authors retain the copyright for their thesis.

Research Outputs

Documents published in this category are full-text research works produced by staff at the University, the versions of which comply with copyright and license permissions (see Which Version? box below). The procedure for adding the work to the repository involves submitting the information concerning the output to the IRMA research reporting system in the first instance (see the University Research pages for more information). The IRMA team then forward the relevant data to ResearchOnline on the authors' behalf.


The ResearchOnline product is built around commercial-grade editorial management software. This gives the University an opportunity to publish a range of peer-reviewed eJournals. If staff are interested in publishing an open access eJournal or eTextbook, please contact the ResearchOnline team at

Which version should be submitted to ResearchOnline?

Publishers have different policies on the versions of papers they will allow you to self-archive, including rights/permissions you have for depositing your work in a digital repository. The following list is a guide to terms.

  • Submitted version is the pre-print of the manuscript - the paper before peer review. This is the author's version of the article that was sent to a journal for consideration.
  • Accepted version is the post-print of the manuscript - the paper after peer-review. This is the author's version of an article that has been amended in order to reflect revisions in the publication process.
  • Published version: the final version as it appears in the publication, including typesetting, logos, page numbers etc.

Authors usually assign their copyright to publishers when they negotiate contracts. The SHERPA/RoMEO database provides a guide to publisher’s copyright policies and the deposit of journal articles on the internet and in OA repositories.

Note that these publisher permissions also apply to the author if they wish to upload a copy of their output to sites such as ResearchGate or