Monash University

Monash University Library

Research Infrastructure Division

Primary Contact:
Andrew Harrison
Research Repository Librarian

Program Overview

Publishing at Monash University is carried out by Monash University Research Repository and Monash University Publishing, both of which are parts of the University Library. Monash University Research Repository is a digital archive of selected content representing Monash’s research activity. The repository provides staff and students a place to deposit their research collections, data, or publications so they are centrally stored and managed, with the content easily discoverable online by their peers globally and by the broader community. The University requires that successful PhD theses are submitted to the repository for online publication. The repository is intended to be primarily an open access repository but does contain restricted access content on a case by case basis (e.g., embargoed theses). Monash University Publishing focuses on peer-reviewed monographs, which are published in both online open access and traditional print forms—as such it is not included here. It seeks to publish scholarly work of the highest quality, ensured by rigorous peer review; maximise the impact of those titles; represent the breadth and energy of Monash University research interests (while not excluding contributors from anywhere); promote the free exchange of knowledge; play a coordinating role in the production and dissemination of Monash’s scholarly publications, and provide a body of publishing expertise within the University.

Year publishing activities began: 2000

Organization: centralized library publishing unit/department

Total FTE in support of publishing activities: library staff (3)

Funding sources (%): library operating budget (100)

Stage of publishing efforts (1–5):

Open access focus (1–5):

Advisory/editorial board:

Publishing Activities

Library-administered university press publications in 2014:

Library publications in 2014: faculty-driven journals (3); ETDs (450); research datasets such as images and sound files

Number of open access titles:

Number of paid titles:

Number of hybrid titles:

Media formats: text; images; audio; data

Disciplinary specialties: Geographic Information Systems (GIS); comparative literature and cultural studies; social/community work

Top publications: PAN: Philosophy Activism Nature (journal); Practice Reflexions (journal); Applied GIS (journal)

Percentage of journals that are peer reviewed: 100

Percentage of journals assessing article processing charges (APCs):

Internal partners: campus departments or programs; individual faculty

External partners: Australian Community Workers Association

Publishing platform(s): Fedora; VITAL

Digital preservation strategy: in-house

Additional services: DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers

Additional Information

Plans for expansion/future directions: Expanding theses program to include master’s and PhD candidates from disciplines previously exempt from the compulsory submission process; expanding the range of research data included in the repository. Changes to Australian funding council rules will increase the amount of open access journal material we hold.
Journal publishing is largely a legacy service. Our future focus is on theses and research data. We also think that separating the University Press from the repository is unhelpful: we see them as complimentary, and both are exploring new ways for Libraries to be involved in publishing going forward. View All Entries