Repository Open Access

Repository open access offers a pathway to making research outputs open without facing open access publishing fees.

This page introduces our institutional repositories, Minerva Access and Melbourne Figshare, and provides guidance on how University of Melbourne researchers can deposit their work.

Researchers can usually share peer-reviewed Author Accepted Manuscripts (AAMs) of their journal articles, conference papers, and book chapters in Minerva Access. Melbourne Figshare can be used to openly share research data, reports, and non-traditional research outputs of various kinds. These repository pathways to open access are supported by the Principles for Open Access to Research Outputs at Melbourne and are compliant with most Funder Open Access Policies, including NHMRC and ARC requirements.

Although publishers often require embargoes by default, adopting a rights retention strategy can enable authors to share their AAMs immediately upon publication. Rights retention is encouraged by our Principles for Open Access and required by some funder policies, including the 2022 NHMRC Open Access Policy.

What is rights retention?

You can find out more about repository open access on our What Is Open Access? page, which includes information on non-institutional general and subject-specific repositories.

Further support

If you require assistance using Minerva Access, or have queries relating to existing Minerva Access records, please contact

For enquiries relating to depositing research outputs in Minerva Access, including the submission of Author Accepted Manuscripts, please email

For all enquiries regarding Melbourne Figshare, please contact the Digital Stewardship Team via their ServiceNow form.

For other enquiries relating to open access, please contact your Faculty or Subject Liaison Librarians.

Page last updated 23 January 2024.

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