Open Access Memberships

Western Sydney is an institutional member of BioMed Central (BMC). Ongoing payment of article processing fees is dependent on availability of University funds.

BioMed Central is predominantly a science, technology, engineering and medicine publisher with over 300 open access, online, peer reviewed journals. Authors publishing with BioMed Central retain the copyright to their work, licensing it under the Creative Commons Attribution License which allows articles to be re-used and re-distributed without restriction.

Eligibility to access Western Sydney Institutional funds:

  • First author (last for medical) or corresponding author must be a permanent Western Sydney staff member. Adjuncts, conjoints and visiting fellows are not eligible to access these funds.
  • A higher degree research student whose principal supervisor is a permanent Western Sydney staff member.
  • Western Sydney University must be listed as the author’s primary (first) affiliation.
  • The Article must meet the definition of research. The Australian Research Council defines research as:

The creation of new knowledge and/or the use of existing knowledge in a new and creative way to generate new concepts, methodologies, inventions and understandings. This could include the synthesis and analysis of previous research to the extent that it is new and creative.

  • A request by a Dean or Institute Director in support of publications that do not satisfy these criteria will be considered.

How to access Western Sydney BioMed Central funds:

  • Access via
  • When submitting, indicate the paper is eligible to access Western Sydney funds.
  • Library receives notification of the request.
  • If the paper meets the eligibility criteria, the request to access the funds will be approved. This does not guarantee publication.
  • If the paper does not meet the criteria the Library will advise the submitting and/or Western Sydney author.
  • Special requests by Deans/Directors should be directed where possible to prior to the paper being submitted.

A printable version of the guidelines is available here

Policy compliance:

Publishing in an open access journal complies with the University ‘Open Access to Research Policy’ which states:

Subject to any intellectual property, commercial, privacy and/or ethical constraints researchers will, as soon as possible, make publications and data arising out of research openly available for re-use and citation. Research funding agreements may require that publications and data created through the funded research be made available within a defined timeframe.

For non-open access outputs, a publisher compliant version of the paper can be made freely available in ResearchDirect following an embargo period. The Library Research Team manages this process.  

Note: Many journals require the underlying research datasets to be made freely available with the published article. Notify the Library of a dataset here and a staff member will be in touch to  facilitate this process.

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