Research can be made open access through publication in an open access journal or by placing a copy in an open access repository. Many Australian institutions publish open access journals, a list is here.
Open access repositories are databases of research specifically designed to have quality metadata which allows search engines to easily find material in them. Open access items are therefore findable using any search engine. A list of open access repositories in Australia is here.
The contents of repositories are indexed by:
- Trove a repository of millions of Australian items hosted by the National Library of Australia.
- OAIster is a union catalog of millions of records representing open access resources harvested from open access collections worldwide using the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH). Today, OAIster includes more than 25 million records representing digital resources from more than 1,100 contributors.
- BASE – Bielefeld Academic Search Engine (Bielefeld University, Germany) provides more than 50 million documents from more than 2,700 sources –ie,harvested from repositories.
- The Digital Commons Network brings together free, full-text scholarly articles from hundreds of universities and colleges worldwide. Curated by university librarians and their supporting institutions, the Network includes a growing collection of peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, dissertations, working papers, conference proceedings, and other original scholarly work.
- JURN.org has a core collection of over 4,000 arts and humanities ejournals, all open access or otherwise free. In March/April 2014 it has been expanded with a large intake of business, science, biomedical and ecology related work plus full-text theses at selected academic repositories, with a focus on including most of the larger UK repositories.
Alternatively items can be found through particular searches:
Search for Australian theses in Trove
Finding Australian research in Trove
Search for patents around the world using The Lens
AustLII, the Australasian Legal Information Institute, provides access to hundreds of legal databases across Australia
Data.gov.au provides an easy way to find, access and reuse public datasets from the Australian Government and state and territory governments.
Research Data Australia is a discovery service for Australian research data.