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A Researchers' Companion: Research Online - ECU's Institutional Repository

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

Research Online


Research Online is Edith Cowan University's institutional repository. It highlights and provides access to the research outputs created by staff and post graduate students at ECU.

Research Online provides open access versions of ECU affiliated publications where possible; ensuring ECU research reaches a wide ranging audience.

The repository can also be utilised as a publishing platform for ejournals, conferences and ebooks. The submission, peer-review and publishing processes can all be managed via the platform.

Outputs in Research Online are sourced from:

  • The Scopus citation database.
  • ECU's Research Activity System.
  • Direct submissions from ECU researchers and Schools.
  • ECU Doctorates, Masters, and Honours (first class) theses, and their related publications.
  • ECU publications, conferences and journals.


Materials included in Research Online

A range of outputs by ECU affiliated researchers can be submitted to Research Online, the collection includes:

  • Books and book chapters
  • Theses
  • Published patents
  • Conference papers
  • Data sets
  • Journal articles
  • Multimedia objects
  • Working papers

Information about outputs can be provided in the repository with a link to the published version, but where copyright and licencing arrangements allow the full text is included, allowing Open Access to the research.

Most publishers of journal articles have policies that allow the Author's Accepted Manuscript to be shared on an Institutional Repository, like Research Online, after an embargo period. This is referred to as Green Open Access or Self-Archiving and for this reason it is important that you keep the Author's Accepted Manuscript (AAM) of your publications. More details about the differences between AAMs and the Published Version are below:

Access to your research is improved

Research Online is indexed by search tools such as Google, Google Scholar and the Digital Commons Network. Search Engine Optimisation is a high priority for the repository providers, ensuring outputs in Research Online feature prominently in search results. This can dramatically increase the rates at which your research is found and then subsequently cited.


Download statistics are available

Research Online provides all authors with an Author Dashboard, a personalized reporting tool for authors with works published in Digital Commons. It allows easy access to up-to-date information on downloads for a body of work or individual output, as well as global insights into the sources of readership.

It's simple to explore recent data, all-time, or choose a custom date range and to share data with others and export statistics for use in external applications.












To Access the Author Dashboard

  • click on My Account in and register if you don't already have an account
  • once signed in, click on DASHBOARD TOOLS to view the readership (on a world map) and the table of hits and download stats of your Open Access outputs - select the date range of the statistics you wish to view (see top right hand corner)
  • if you have supplied Research Online with the open access versions of your outputs but they don't appear on your dashboard please contact


Alternative Metrics Available on Research Online

While citation metrics record how the research community is interacting with research outputs, alternative metrics like Altmetric and PlumX indicate the impact the output is having within the wider public. By tracking online mentions in a wide range of sources including the news, social media, library holdings etc, alternative metrics can give a more immediate indication of impact than citation data which can take time to become available. Both publishers and Research Online provide sharing and social media tools that can assist with the promotion of research outputs. When discussing research on social media always mention the DOI or URL of the outputs to assist with the capturing of alternative metrics.

Safe Archiving

Repositories are a safe archival record of your research output. Strict backup and archival protocols are followed to ensure a lasting record of research output at ECU.

Facilitate Research Sharing

Requests for copies of your outputs can be referred to the repository saving you time and effort.


Research datasets can either be made openly available online or access can be mediated via email. For mediated datasets ECU library will require an email address that can be made publicly available online, to which all requests for access will be directed.

You can apply a Creative Commons Licence to your data to stipulate how it can be reused.



Services Provided for Research Datasets


  • Datasets receive a DOI -  a persistent identifier that authors can use to link their data to related outputs
  • Datasets are automatically listed on Research Data Australia 
  • Datasets are automatically listed on Datacite
  • Download statistics will document the impact of the data



  • The SEARCH BOX offers 2 options;

    • search the ECU repository only or

    • search the Digital Commons, content from over 550 institutional repositories worldwide, by changing the search option to Across All Repositories

  • Searching Google and Google Scholar will also find outputs in Research Online


Find ECU Theses 

Browse the ECU Theses Collections on Research Online

  • there are two theses collections: PhDs & Masters and Honours.
  • theses are listed by year, then alphabetically by author's last name

Search Research Online for ECU thesis by topic

  • enter your keywords in the search box
  • use the refine panel in the results page to limit by Publication Type "thesis"


Search Research Online for ECU thesis by author

  • scroll down the author list and click on the author's name
  • in the results page, use the refine panel on the left to limit by Publication Type "thesis"

Search Research Online for ECU thesis by School
Searching for theses by a School's name may sometimes bring up theses which seem a little displaced - this is due to the fact that historically, your School may have been aligned with different Schools or Faculties in the past.

  • click on the Advanced Search button
  • enter the current School's name in the search box
  • click on the green + sign to add another search line
  • in the second search box, click on the drop down menu and select Document Type
  • type in thesis
  • click on Search


Accessing the fulltext of ECU theses on Research Online?
- most ECU theses are now available in fulltext
- some authors have restricted the fulltext of their theses to current ECU staff and students (email
- a small minority of authors have totally restricted access to their theses

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