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HARC: Helpful Academic Researchers Companion

HARC has been designed to answer the questions researchers ask at every step of the research life cycle

About Research Online

What is Research Online?

Research Online is Edith Cowan University's institutional repository. Research Online highlights and promotes access to the scholarship and research outputs created by staff and post graduate students at Edith Cowan University.
Research Online tries as far as possible to provide the open access versions of ECU publications so that ECU research reaches the widest possible readership and audience.
Research Online is also able to provide a publishing platform for ejournals, conferences and ebooks. this includes the submission and peer-review of submissions and publishing.

To search Research Online:

  • the SEARCH BOX offers 2 options;

    • search either the ECU component only or

    • search the Digital Commons, the holdings of over >550 institutions repositoris worldwide just by changing the search option in the search box

  • a search on Google and Google Scholar will also find items in Research Online


Items in Research Online are sourced from:

  • Scopus, RAS, direct submissions from ECU researchers and Schools
  • ECU Doctorates, Masters, and Honours (first class) theses, and their related publications
  • ECU publications, conferences and journals
 Approved materials for inclusion in Research Online include:
•books and book chapters
•research papers
•journal articles
•conference papers
•working papers
•data sets
•published patents
•multimedia objects

Research Online provides Usage Statistics for both Authors and Schools

  • readership
  • downloads
  • locations

Alternative metrics available on Research Online

Articles on Research Online will display the Altmetric doughnut and the PluxX logo when the article has received social media mentions. Authors should always try to use the social media tools available on the published version of their articles or on Research Online, and remember when discussing their research on social media, to embed the DOI or URL of their article.


Edith Cowan University acknowledges and respects the Nyoongar people, who are the traditional custodians of the land upon which its campuses stand and its programs operate.
In particular ECU pays its respects to the Elders, past and present, of the Nyoongar people, and embrace their culture, wisdom and knowledge.