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What are the benefits of having my research on the Repository?

The advantages of having your publications uploaded to the Repository are numerous and include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • It increases the visibility of your work – your publications are more accessible and discoverable to other researchers (including those in developing countries)
  • It can enhance your impact: your chances of being cited increases as search engines such as Google index the Repository
  • It increases your potential for collaboration with other researchers
  • The Repository collects statistics on usage
  • Depositing publications into an open access repository helps you to meet many funders’ mandates
  • It is a secure place where your work is archived and preserved and where you can easily direct researchers/funders

There is strong evidence to suggest that citations for articles increase as a result of publications appearing in repositories.

How do I submit my thesis?

To submit a copy of your thesis you are required to complete the Thesis Deposit Form (link below) - your thesis can be attached to the Form:

Thesis Deposit Form

Please contact repository@murdoch.edu.au if you have any further queries regarding thesis submission.


Important Note: Please read the following copyright information before submitting your thesis

If you have included any copyright material in your thesis – diagrams, graphs, photos and other illustrations, substantial amounts of text, or anything else that you did not create yourself – you must either have used it with an appropriate ‘free to share’ licence e.g. Creative Commons, or with permission from the copyright owner (either by direct request, or as given in a website’s terms of use), or under the protection of the Copyright Act's provision for fair dealing for criticism or review. Please attach copies of any permissions granted when you submit your thesis.

Without an appropriate licence or permissions, or the protection of the Copyright Act, you are required to attach two copies of your thesis: the original version, including the unauthorised copyright materials, that will be retained as the Version of Record and can be provided to a researcher upon request, and the second copy, with the unauthorised copyright material removed, which will be made openly available on the Research Repository. You should note in this copy where the copyright material has been removed, citing copyright restrictions, and provide a reference/link to where it can be found elsewhere by the reader.

Please see the Copyright Matters website for further details or contact the University Copyright Coordinator.


How do I contribute my research publications?

Murdoch University's Research Repository welcomes contributions of publications from staff and postgraduate students of Murdoch University and its associated bodies.

Please Note: There is no transfer of copyright ownership when a work is made available on the Repository - the copyright owner of a publication still retains all copyright rights.

To contribute your research publications:

    1. Simply read and submit the online Repository Deposit Agreement form (link below). This is a one-off agreement where you provide your permission for the Repository to store your works and make them publicly available.
    2. Send a list of your publications and any electronic copies of your works to repository@murdoch.edu.au (please see Important Note below for which version to send).

Repository Deposit Agreement Form

Repository staff will determine publisher copyright permissions before depositing any material into the Repository.

For more information on what will and will not be accepted into the Repository, see 'What type of items are included on the Repository?'


Important Note: Please send the Repository any accepted manuscripts/post-prints you may have, not the publisher-formatted PDFs

The accepted manuscript/post-print is the final document that you create - as accepted for publication and incorporating any changes following refereeing and editing - but without any of the publisher's formatting, pagination, layout etc.

While publishers generally do not allow the deposit of a publisher-formatted PDF file into an institutional repository, the majority will allow authors to deposit their own final version i.e. the accepted manuscript/post-print. Therefore, making accepted manuscripts/post-prints available on the Repository is particularly useful for those researchers in developing countries and the public who may not have traditional paid access to the published version, and your citations can increase as a result. A link out to the published version will also always be provided on the record. Note: Sometimes journals require an accepted manuscript/post-print to be embargoed for a period of time before being made openly available (Repository staff will check this).

The Repository staff will, however, always check to see if the publisher’s policy does allow the published version of the publication to be deposited into an institutional repository, and if so, will access this online and also make it accessible on the record.

See the Copyright section for more information.


How do I connect my ORCID® iD to the Repository?

What is an ORCID iD?
An ORCID iD is a unique and persistent digital identifier that links you, accurately and transparently, to your research activities and outputs, ensuring you always get credit for your work. ORCID iDs are quickly becoming an international research standard and are increasingly being required by publishers and funding organisations.

Register: Registering for an ORCID iD is quick, easy and free. Register here

Connect: Connecting your ORCID iD to the Repository will enable you and the Repository to push and pull your scholarly outputs between your Repository profile and your ORCID record, saving you considerable time and effort while increasing the visibility and discoverability of your work. Your ORCID iD will also be displayed on your records on the Repository.

To enable this:

  1. Log into the Repository (link at top left of screen)
  2. Click the ‘Connect to ORCID’ button on the top panel
  3. Leave all boxes checked and click the ‘Create or Connect your ORCID iD’ button
  4. Sign into ORCID
  5. Click ‘Authorize’
  6. Back on the Repository, click ‘Manage Deposits’ on the top panel and use the ‘Export to orcid.org’ button to export your works from your Repository profile to your ORCID record

Note: If you would prefer the Repository to export your works for you in the future, please let us know and we will do this every few months.

Note on Importing

Once you have linked your ORCID iD to the Repository, the Repository will import works from your ORCID record into the Research Repository every few months. You will not see an ‘Import from orcid.org’ button on your screen as this will be done exclusively by the Repository. We will do this after you connect your iD (please be patient as we have many to do, but they will be done!) and we will then check again every few months for any more/new publications to import.

If you have any queries regarding ORCID and the Research Repository, please contact the Library’s Research Support Coordinator.


To learn more about ORCID and how to get the most out of your ORCID iD, please see Welcome to ORCID!, (which includes video tutorials) and ORCID Support with includes information on how to:

To link your ORCID record to your ARC RMS account please see here (pages 4-6)