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ARC logoThe Australian Research Council (ARC) recently released their Discovery Projects Instructions to Applicants for funding commencing in 2015 which requires:

Management of Data

Outline plans for the management of data produced as a result of the proposed research, including but not limited to storage, access and re-use arrangements.

The ARC 2015 Funding Rules state:

A11.5 Publication and Dissemination of Research Outputs

  • A11.5.1: All Proposals and ARC-funded research projects must comply with the ARC Open Access Policy on the dissemination of research findings, which is available at In accordance with this policy, any publications arising from a Project must be deposited into an open access institutional repository within a twelve month period from the date of publication.

  • A11.5.2: Researchers and institutions have an obligation to care for and maintain research data in accordance with the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (2007). The ARC considers data management planning an important part of the responsible conduct of research and strongly encourages the depositing of data arising from a Project in an appropriate publically accessible subject and/or institutional repository.

UWA researchers who wish to comply with the above standards should consider storage and management of research data collected during the project in accordance with the policies of the University of Western Australia

A Research Data Management Plan can be developed using the University's recommended template.

Where possible, datasets can be made publicly accessible through the University's data repository, UWA Research Data Online.

Publications produced from the grant can be deposited in the UWA Research Repository within 12 months from their date of publication. The UWA Research Repository is an open access institutional repository.

For further information contact the eResearch Support & Digital Developments Unit.

PLOS logo

Are you thinking of publishing in one of the Open Access PLOS journals?

The new PLOS Data Sharing policy requires authors to make all the data underlying the findings described in their manuscript fully available without restriction, with some limited exceptions.

From March 2014, you will need to include a “data availability statement” when you submit your article, explaining where and how your data can be accessed.

PLOS has identified a number of suitable public data repositories, both discipline-specific and general.

UWA also has a public data repository which is suitable for depositing datasets related to PLOS articles: Research Data Online.

If you are interested in using Research Data Online, the contacts in the UWA Library are: