About ResearchOnline@JCU

ResearchOnline@JCU is the online institutional repository of James Cook University. It contains an authoritative record of the articles, chapters, books, conference papers, reports, creative works, theses and other research outputs produced by the University's staff and higher degree by research students.

ResearchOnline@JCU provides both global access to the research undertaken at James Cook University and Open Access to many of the publications produced by the University.

Contributing to ResearchOnline@JCU

Depositing research outputs in ResearchOnline@JCU provides a permanent online location for publications, additional avenues to Open Access publishing, and a citation advantage by making research outputs more easily discoverable and accessible.

As the source of truth regarding research outputs produced at James Cook University, it is mandatory for academic staff at the University to deposit all reportable research outputs for inclusion in the repository. This includes peer-reviewed journal articles, scholarly books and book chapters, conference papers, as well as eligible non-traditional research outputs such as externally commissioned reports and creative works. Reportable outputs co-authored with colleagues at other institutions or published prior to employment by the University must also be deposited. Other kinds of published scholarly material are usually welcome, but all deposits will be reviewed to ensure they comply with ResearchOnline Procedure.

How to Deposit Research Outputs

ResearchOnline@JCU is a self-deposit institutional repository where researchers are required to submit their outputs for review or claim outputs which have been identified by the systems importers. Research outputs can be submitted to ResearchOnline@JCU by navigating to https://researchonline.jcu.edu.au/ and selecting Login in the top-right corner of the repository homepage. Use the same credentials as for other James Cook University systems. Once logged in, deposits can be made by selecting the New Item button in the middle of the page, and then following the prompts provided. Records can also be imported directly by choosing an identifier from the drop-down menu, such as DOI (via CrossRef) and then clicking on the Import button.

To request assistance with deposits to ResearchOnline@JCU please select Ask Us from the menu at the top of this page and complete the webform provided. We will reply via email to queries made through this page.


Doctoral and Masters' research theses are also archived in ResearchOnline@JCU and in most cases are Open Access, with exceptions for copyright or sensitive material. The submission of theses to the repository is undertaken by the Graduate Research School in cooperation with the Library and the Academy. Library staff check submission documents, any embargo requirements, publications and copyright or sensitivity declarations before depositing the thesis in the repository with a DOI link. See the HDR Thesis Library Deposit Guide for detailed information.

Preprints and Unpublished Material

As an institutional research repository, ResearchOnline@JCU is responsible for archiving and recording peer-reviewed, scholarly publications and other published scholarly works. As a result, the repository is unable to accept unpublished work or preprints, or to stand in as the publisher for otherwise unpublished material.

Review Process

The Library reviews all deposits to ResearchOnline@JCU to ensure that they meet the requirements of the repository, contain relevant and accurate metadata, and are compliant with copyrightand Open Access requirements.

Wherever possible, records in the repository are made Open Access to increase the discoverability and accessibility of James Cook University research in-keeping with the University's Open Scholarship Policy. Researchers should be aware that the Australian Research Council (ARC) and National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) also require researchers to ensure that funded research outputs are made Open Access according to strict guidelines.

Author Accepted Manuscripts

Green Open Access (also known as self-archiving) involves depositing the Author Accepted Manuscript (AAM) of a research output into an institutional repository which, in some cases after a relevant embargo period has elapsed, can be made freely accessible to the public. Wherever possible, ResearchOnline@JCU encourages James Cook University researchers to upload AAMs of all their publications where the Version of Record is not already Open Access.

An AAM is the final version of a manuscript sent to the publisher after peer-review but before publisher formatting. In most cases this is the final word-processed document sent to the publisher to be included in a journal or book. To make a publication Green Open Access in ResearchOnline@JCU simply upload a copy of the AAM during the depositing process.