UTS Library


The UTS Open Access Policy provides guidance on the requirements and practices of the University to provide equitable, worldwide access to the research and scholarly output of staff and students.

The Library supports the Open Access movement by providing the following services to UTS researchers and the wider community.

Open Access Publishing

UTS Library manages UTS ePRESS, the scholarly publishing arm of UTS. UTS ePRESS is Australasia’s leading publisher of scholarly, open access journals. The press currently publishes 12 OA journal titles (plus 2 student journals) covering a wide range of disciplines, including governance, international studies, literacy, history, law, and society and social justice, as well as a growing number of OA eBooks and conference proceedings.

Open Access Repository

UTS Library manages OPUS, the repository of UTS authored research works. OPUS captures and highlights the University’s research outputs to increase their visibility and impact. UTS Library checks the copyright for publications held in OPUS to provide free online access to as many of the works as possible, and facilitates discoverability of the material by allowing people to find the works via search engines such as Google Scholar.

OPUS also provides open access to UTS postgraduate theses via the UTS Digital Theses Collection and “grey literature”, such as scholarly reports, papers, presentations and other digital material not published elsewhere.

Open Access Data

UTS Library is the NSW Node of the Australian Data Archive and manages the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Data Archive (ATSIDA). Both archives provide open access to research data, under appropriate protocols and conditions.

UTS Library is increasingly providing open access to special digital collections of cultural and historical value. The Library works with researchers to enable access to these collections by providing expert advice, support services and technical skills.

Open Educational Resources (OER)

UTS Library also supports the open access movement by facilitating links to Open Educational Resources (OERs), which are free resources that can be used in teaching to save time and create a more participatory learning environment.

Open Access Advocacy

UTS Library participates in the Public Knowledge Project (PKP), an international collaboration based at Simon Fraser University in Canada, which promotes Open Access to publicly-funded research. Through the PKP, UTS Library is also a development partner for the most widely used international suite of open access publishing software: Open Journal System, Open Conference System and Open Monograph Press.

UTS Library is a community development partner for Mukurtu CMS a digital heritage archive system specifically designed to preserve, manage and provide community and public access to indigenous cultural materials.