Managing your researcher profile

We recommend that you use researcher identifiers to link all of your publications. The following are free unique author identifier tools.

ORCID (Open Researcher & Contributor ID) – an open, non-profit, community-based effort to provide a registry of unique researcher identifiers and a transparent method of linking research activities and outputs to these identifiers.

ResearcherID (Thomson Reuters) – create and manage a professional profile, build an online publication list, measure performance with cited counts and h-index.

Google Scholar Citations – this author profile helps you keep track of who is citing your publications. Graph citations over time and calculate several citation metrics. Profiles can be made public to appear in Google Scholar results. Authors should check that publications assigned are correct.


Open access research and publishing

Open Access Publishing

For scholarly work Open Access means making peer reviewed scholarly manuscripts freely available via the Internet. Open Access permits any user to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full text of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any lawful purpose, without financial, legal or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself. – CC by Australasian Open Access Strategy Group (AOASG)

Open Access published papers offer immediate and free access to the output on publication and often - depending on publisher practice - ahead of publication.  Many journals provide access on a "free-to-read/free-to-cite" basis.

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)

DOAJ is a community-curated online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals. DOAJ's mission is to increase the visibility, accessibility, reputation, usage and impact of quality, peer-reviewed, open access scholarly research journals globally, regardless of discipline, geography or language.

If accompanied by a Creative Commons licence then readers may be offered the ability to re-use and repurpose content, with appropriate attribution.

Creative Commons Licence

Creative Commons licences provide a standardized way to give the public permission to share and use your creative work — on conditions of your choice.

How can I use CC content?

When you find a work that has been released under a Creative Commons licence, you are always free to share, copy, and redistribute it in any medium or format.

Creative Commons licences allow creators to mix-and-match restrictions that apply to their works. You should check which terms apply to the works you want to use. The four different licence terms are:

  • Attribution: You must always provide credit to the original author.
  • Share-Alike: If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you must distribute your contributions under the same license as the original.
  • Non-Commercial: You may not use the material for commercial purposes.
  • No-Derivatives: You may not distribute modified versions of the work. CC by

How do I find a good open access journal?

Directory of Open Access Journals (DoAJ)

How do I recognize predatory publishers?

While open access has allowed more transparent access to research, it has also lead to an industry of fake or pseudo journals that exist for the purpose of generating revenue rather than further scholarship.

The best defense against being duped by a predatory publisher is a strong understanding of the publishing landscape in your own field. Be exceedingly wary of unsolicited calls for proposals sent to you via email. Reputable journals and conferences don’t make cold calls.

In a bid to help identifying predatory or pseudo-journals the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME) set up a website for authors to evaluate journals.


How can I retain my copyrights, and does that affect my choice of publishers?

In general, if your work is the result of your scholarly output, then you are granted automatic copyright. As the copyright owner of your work, you have the right to reproduce your work, publish it in print or electronically, make it available online, perform it in public, adapt it and broadcast it.

You also have the choice to assign or licence some or all of these rights to a publisher. Each publisher is different.

If you transfer your right to copyright means that you assign copyright to the publisher. If you wanted to do anything with your work (make it available on your website, provide copies to colleague, etc.) you will need to ask permission from the publisher.  The publisher in turn may return some of the rights back to you to give you permission to use your work in different ways.

With an exclusive licence, you retain copyright, but grant certain rights to your publisher, and only this publisher, that state the exact conditions under which they can publish and use your work.

Example: The publisher Elsevier may have authors transfer copyright to the publisher as part of a journal publishing agreement and will publish as subscription articles. Alternatively authors can sign an exclusive license agreement, where authors have copyright but license exclusive rights in their article to the publisher and they choose to release the article as open access. Journals that have both open access and subscription models of access are known as hybrid journals.

With a non-exclusive licence, you give the publisher permission to publish the item on your behalf, while you retain the copyright. You can grant this permission to multiple parties. This means that you do not need to seek the permission of the publisher if you want to use your work in different ways, i.e. make copies, post on a website, deposit in a repository etc...


American Psychological Association. (2010). The Publishing Process. In Publication Manual of the American Psychology Association. Washington, DC: American Psychology Association. 

Copyright Act 1968


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