ACU Research Bank is an institutional repository showcasing the research outputs of Australian Catholic University staff and postgraduate students. Its purpose is to centrally store, manage and provide long-term access to all ACU research outputs. The increased visibility of research outputs located in the repository helps to disseminate ACU research to the wider research community, potentially enhancing research impact and citation rates.
The repository is managed by the Library but its success depends on collaboration between the Library, ACU researchers and academics, and Research Services.
Initially the repository was established to store the verified publication data of ACU authors, collected for the Higher Education Research Data Collection (HERDC) and the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) initiative. Content included records of books, book chapters, journal articles, conference papers and creative works (published from 2002 onwards). However much of this content was not available for public access.
As part of Open Access Week 2012 celebrations, ACU Research Bank will begin to focus more on building open access content in its repository. Wherever possible we will try to make a full-text version of each research output freely available online (while ensuring that we abide by the copyright permissions relevant to each work). The repository will also be extended to include ACU Higher Degree by Research theses.