About the Research Repository

The Research Repository is a collection of peer-reviewed research outputs and publications produced by RMIT University researchers, including Higher Degree by Research candidates.

This currently includes records for Books, Book chapters, Commissioned Reports, Conference Papers, Creative Works, Journal Articles, Masters by Research theses, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) theses and Professional Doctorate theses. 

Most theses date from 2006, however older Masters by Research and PhD theses are available where the author has provided consent. The Creative Works collection covers the years 2003 onwards. These have been made available open access where possible.

With the exception of the theses, the Research Repository sources its publication records from those reported and verified for the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) scheme.

The theses are supplied to the Research Repository by the School of Graduate Research.

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Frequently asked questions

After 11 years on the Fez/Fedora platform, the Research Repository was migrated to the new ExLibris product, Esploro. As part of this process, all records and open access full text/files held in the Fez/Fedora Research Repository were migrated to Esploro in mid 2020.

As 'Early Adopters' of the Esploro software, RMIT University Library is in a formal partnership with ExLibris to build and develop Esploro into a next-generation institutional repository. There are two other Australian university libraries participating in this partnership with us and work is expected to take place over the next few years. 

Given that Esploro is still very much a work in progress, not all of the functionality previously offered by the Fez/Fedora platform is currently available.

Examples of services still requiring construction are:

  • The migration of download counts and abstract views from Fez/Fedora
  • The availability of usage metrics by country
  • Indexing of our content by Unpaywall, for use with the Unpaywall browser extension
  • Indexing by the OAIster service, for inclusion of our content in the WorldCat catalogue

New updates to the Esploro software are rolled out on a monthly basis with progressively more functionality being made available. It is anticipated the future Research Repository will offer an invaluable service for readers and researchers alike.

All active RMIT University researchers (including Higher Degree by Research candidates) are encouraged to report their published research outputs for Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) inclusion. Once reported, a record for these research outputs will be available via the Research Repository.

Step 1: Report your publications for Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) via the Researcher Portal (login required). This will ensure a record for your publication is added to the Research Repository.

Step 2: After reporting your research outputs for ERA, send a copy of the accepted manuscript version of your output to repository@rmit.edu.au.

Most publishers permit the 'accepted manuscript' version to be made available open access via the Research Repository. The accepted manuscript is the final author- created, peer-reviewed version which was accepted for publication.

Research Repository staff will get back to you if any further information is required.

Watch the video below for a demonstration on how to add records and open access copies of your publications to the Research Repository.

This video is only available to RMIT students and staff. If prompted, you will need to use your RMIT login to view.

Yes, Research Repository administrators can set embargo dates on attached files which allow for automatic release once the embargo has expired.

The open access sharing of your published research output with the global research community, maximises the visibility of your research and increases possibilities for new research collaborations.

Open access availability provides a way of showcasing your research activities and your most important publications to an unlimited international audience.

The Research Repository:

  • provides RMIT researchers with a free and easy solution to store and share research publications with the global community,
  • enables published research output to be more easily discoverable by the scholarly community and prospective research partners,
  • contributes to greater recognition of research activity at RMIT University.
The Research Repository's content can also be found by searching Google, Google Scholar, Trove and RMIT University Library's LibrarySearch. This will enable your research publications to be accessed by millions of readers around the world.

Yes. On the front page of the Research Repository, limit your search to publications with open access documents by clicking on the Open Access button or by selecting the Open Access option from the pull-down menu in the Repository's main search bar.

Please note, this option is not available from the search bar at the top of this page.

If you are using the Advanced Search, select the 'Open Access' option from the 'Search Profile' pull-down menu at the top of the search box.

Check first if the Library has access to these publications. Simply log in to LibrarySearch, search for your item/s and access them from there.

If you can't find them in LibrarySearch, you may need to place a request with the Document Delivery service.

Since August 2020, the Research Repository has been hosted on the Esploro platform. As early adopters of this software, RMIT University Library is working with ExLibris, the vendor, to develop it over the next few years. It is aimed that future iterations of Esploro, will provide a seamless means for researchers to update and promote their research publications and profile to the world.
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