Open Access

QUT ePrints highlights Indigenous Australian Research Excellence at QUT

Guest post by Paula Callan, Scholarly Communications Librarian

QUT ePrints homepage. Male researcher making adjustments to a complex piece of machinery.

For the past 20 years, QUT ePrints has showcased the excellent research outputs created by QUT staff and HDR students.  To date, the total number of file downloads for these outputs in QUT ePrints exceeds 38.5 million. QUT’s open access repository is one of the most successful of its kind in Australia.

This year, QUT Library, in collaboration with the Carumba Institute, considered several options for using QUT ePrints to shine a spotlight on the excellent research conducted by QUT’s Indigenous Australian researchers, past and present. The Carumba Institute embodies QUT’s commitment to increasing Indigenous Australian research focus and continuing to develop Indigenous Australian researchers.  QUT Library is dedicated to working with the Carumba Institute to advance these objectives.

The result of this partnership is the new Indigenous Australian Research Excellence feature on the QUT ePrints home page.  Each day, the details of a publication or resource which includes at least one Indigenous Australian researcher as an author/creator, will be randomly selected to be featured on the home page. This new feature highlights QUT’s innovative Indigenous-led research and will hopefully facilitate increased community engagement.

October 23-29 is International Open Access Week and the theme for this year is ‘Community over Commercialization’.  So, it seems appropriate to use this week to launch this new feature.

For more information, please contact the Office for Scholarly Communication


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