University of South Australia


Information Resources and Technology

Primary Contact:
Kate Sergeant
Coordinator, Repository & Archive Metadata Services

Program Overview

The University of South Australia has mandated that research degree students deposit a digital copy of their thesis in the University’s institutional repository, the UniSA Research Archive. Theses are made available under an open access publishing model with the application of a non-exclusive Creative Commons licence, however, copyright remains with the author. Whilst it is the aim of the university that theses (and other research outputs) be made open access where possible, authors do have the option to restrict access to their thesis for two years. In order to capture previous research in an electronic format, the library embarked on a process of digitizing theses back to the foundation of the University of South Australia in 1991. These were loaded to the UniSA Research Archive in 2011. As a result, the university has today over 3000 digitized research degree theses available in its repository.

Year publishing activities began: 2007

Organization: centralized library publishing unit/department

Total FTE in support of publishing activities: library staff (5.5)

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Stage of publishing efforts (1–5):

Open access focus (1–5):

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Publishing Activities

Library-administered university press publications in 2014:

Library publications in 2014: faculty-driven journals (7); ETDs (194); undergraduate capstone/honors theses (212); digitized content

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Media formats: text; images; audio; video

Disciplinary specialties: health; education; engineering; business; information technology

Top publications: graduation booklets; “Innovation, Globalisation and Performance in SMES” (thesis); “Factors Affecting Online Shopping Behaviour” (thesis); calendars and handbooks; “Service Quality Improvement in the Hotel Industry” (thesis)

Percentage of journals that are peer reviewed: 60

Percentage of journals assessing article processing charges (APCs):

Internal partners: campus departments or programs; graduate students

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Publishing platform(s): OJS/OCS/OMP; DigiTool

Digital preservation strategy: university server

Additional services: graphic design (print or web); cataloging; metadata; author copyright advisory; digitization; handle publishing (persistent link)

Additional Information

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