Research Repository

Open access, institutional repository managed by the University Library.

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.

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples should be aware that Research Repository publication records and associated files may contain the images, voices or names of people who have passed away. Some publication records and associated files may include language or views reflective of the values held at the time of production and which are now no longer considered appropriate. They are provided in an historical context only. These views are not representative of those held by the Research Repository team or that of the RMIT University Library.


Search the Repository

Browse by fields of research, search for RMIT University theses, and locate open access resources.

Do you have an ORCID ID?

An ORCID ID is a unique identifier that will draw together your different research outputs, greatly enhancing the visibility of your research. It will also support accurate identification and collection of your publication records for the university and the Research Repository. You will need to register to get an ORCID ID. For further information and help with registering, go to Researcher profiles and ORCID guide.

Add your publications to the RMIT 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: 

  • Send a copy of the accepted manuscript version of your output to
  • The accepted manuscript is the final author-created and peer-reviewed version, which was accepted for publication.
  • Most publishers permit the accepted manuscript version to be made available open access via the Research Repository. 
  • Research Repository team will get back to you if any further information is required.

Video demonstration

Learn 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, login required.

Frequently asked questions

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.

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.

Contact details

RMIT University Library
PO Box 2476
Melbourne VIC 3001

Tel. +61 3 9925 2310

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Acknowledgement of Country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.