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Notified outage, 17-20 June
Posted Thu, 16 Jun 2016, 10:32:49 EST by Michelle Watson

The Library and eSolutions will perform an upgrade of DRO’s operating system on Friday morning June 17, and finishing on Monday June 20.

During this time, no one will be able to enter new records, claim or edit publications in Elements, and no one will be able to log in to DRO.

Due to the interfacing between Footprints and DRO, Footprints will also be unavailable during this time.

DRO will still be online for public view, except for a brief time on the Monday afternoon.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

New! Automatically assigned FoRs
Posted Wed, 11 Nov 2015, 08:50:26 EST by Michelle Watson

Elements now has a new feature - the automatic assignment of Field of Research (FoR) codes for some publications.

This new feature will make workflows more efficient, and mean that publications are viewable in DRO and Find a Researcher more quickly.

To find out more, check out the new Help page.

DRO search functionality restored
Posted Thu, 18 Jun 2015, 13:50:54 EST by Michelle Watson

Full search functionality has now been restored.

If you require further search assistance and support, please contact DRO staff:
Phone: 03 5227 2700

Elements upgrade
Posted Tue, 05 May 2015, 10:05:44 EST by Michelle Watson

Due to a software upgrade, Elements will be unavailable from 8am-12pm on Tuesday 5th May.

The new version brings a number of immediate improvements to the interface, including:

- A redesigned deposit page, with more visible guidance provided to the user;
- An improved, more intuitive Add manual record page;
- Redesigned Mine, Pending and Not Mine publications pages.

These changes were made in collaboration with customers and are based on user feedback.

Look out for further enhancements to be introduced over the next few weeks, including using Scopus IDs to locate publications, the ability to select a Creative Commons license to attach to your research, as well as a new 'CV Export' feature.

Please do not hesitate to contact DRO support ( if you have any comments or queries.

Did you know?
Posted Fri, 21 Mar 2014, 14:13:58 EST by Allison Moloney
The average number of page views in DRO is 78,541 per month.
ERA 2015 reference periods announced
Posted Wed, 05 Mar 2014, 13:33:36 EST by Allison Moloney
The ERA 2015 reference period has recently been announced by the ARC confirming the anticipated research output period as Jan 2008 - Dec 2013. Further detail is available from the ARC website.
ARC grant application data management guidelines
Posted Wed, 05 Mar 2014, 13:23:37 EST by Allison Moloney
The Australian National Data Service (ANDS) has just released a useful guide for completing the new data management planning section of ARC grant (Discovery; Linkage) applications.
NH&MRC funding compliance for publications
Posted Wed, 05 Mar 2014, 13:24:30 EST by Allison Moloney
For all researchers who have an obligation to comply with NH&MRC funding mandates for depositing research output in an open access repository, we would like to advise that DRO staff will, on deposit of research in DRO, perform extensive checking of publisher permissions and embargoes to assist in complying with this mandate. Please ensure you have signed a DRO deposit agreement (a one off agreement) and provided a post print (accepted manuscript following peer review) of your research, as most publishers will allow open access to this version of your work. Please contact Robyn Collis for further DRO open access information and assistance or Bronwyn Hicks for advice on signing publishers agreements.
ERA 2015 - we have commenced our preparation!
Posted Fri, 10 Jan 2014, 13:25:06 EST by Allison Moloney
In preparation for Excellence in Research for Australia 2015, DRO staff will be prioritising the processing of records for research output that fall within the reference period of 2008-2013. The likely staff census will be 31 March 2014 and we encourage all eligible staff to submit your research to DRO. Thank you for your patience, we will continue to process records that fall outside that period as soon as possible.
Introducing the new-look DRO website!
Posted Wed, 05 Mar 2014, 13:25:45 EST by Allison Moloney
The Library is pleased to announce the new-look DRO website is now live. DRO, the University's research repository, has re-designed its site, consistent with the Library’s website, covering both new information pages and the DRO interface. We've made some great improvements, including: The new information pages include updated content, covering About DRO, Depositing research, Research data collections, Open Access & copyright, Tools, resources & FAQs. All access is via the My DRO button in the top menu – where you can access Create a record and My created items. When you login to MyDRO you will see the functionality remains the same – it is just the skin has changed. The browse functions are now located in the search box. You know the repository as DRO – so we’ve decided that it’s going to be our official sub-brand name and therefore it is used consistently across the new site. You’ll find a feedback tab located on the right side of DRO and Library web pages. For all enquiries and requests to DRO staff please use this feedback button. We hope you enjoy the improvements and we look forward to hearing your feedback.
DRO over 1.2 million downloads
Posted Fri, 10 Jan 2014, 10:04:14 EST by Allison Moloney
DRO has reached 1,279,669 downloads and is moving towards 10 million record views. The download count has risen dramatically in 2012 and 2013 which can be attributed to the vast increase in the number of openly accessible items in the repository.
DRO 8475 Open Access items
Posted Fri, 10 Jan 2014, 09:35:56 EST by Allison Moloney
The number of openly accessible research output items continues to go from strength to strength, made possible through DRO. Open access items increased from 7209 in July 2013 to 8475 as of 10 January 2014. Open Access is the concept that research should be freely available online for anyone to access, in particular access to publicly funded research, which allows for greater and more effective dissemination and discoverability, leading to increased citation counts. DRO staff will continue to focus on open access to ensure that the University’s research community benefits from increased citation counts and improved impact of the research.
Need guidance on Open Access?
Posted Mon, 17 Jun 2013, 09:57:32 EST by Allison Moloney
This easy to use resource outlines the core components of open access (e.g., reader rights, reuse rights, copyrights, author posting rights, etc.) across the continuum from “open access” to “restricted access”. Its aim is to help authors make informed decisions on where to publish based on journal policies. Please use, re-use and pass along! Provided by SPARC for Open Access Week 2012
Researchers register on ORCID
Posted Tue, 06 Nov 2012, 09:57:43 EST by Robyn Collis
ORCID Open Researcher and Contributor ID initiative, has launched today and can now be used by researchers to create a profile and ID for themselves. More details can be found here and registration here.
Consider open access <a href=""><img border="0" src="/dro/images/application_pdf.png" alt="Deakin Research Online Institutional Repository Deposit Agreement" /></a>
Posted Thu, 26 Jun 2014, 14:35:35 EST by Joseph Heaphey
Open access promotes the sharing of information globally, which benefits researchers, institutions and the wider community.

Deakin Research Online (DRO) encourages all Deakin researchers to consider open access. For researchers, open access to their work offers them increased visibility, usage, and citation for their work. As well as storing research outputs DRO stores metadata describing the research. This metadata adheres to international standards that permits the exposure of the research data to a range of discovery tools like Google and TROVE, which allows for improved accessibility.

DRO staff check all material added to the repository to ensure it meets publisher or copyright owner requirements. To take advantage of this service please sign a DRO Deposit Agreement. The agreement is a non exclusive licence which gives DRO the ability and responsibility to store and communicate your publications. Of course you still retain the rights to your work as copyright owner.

To submit your Deposit Agreement or make an inquiry please contact DRO

Every reasonable effort has been made to ensure that permission has been obtained for items included in DRO. If you believe that your rights have been infringed by this repository, please contact