Showcase - The Flinders Academic Commons

What is the Flinders Academic Commons?

The School of Humanities, working in close co-operation with the Library, implemented the Flinders Academic Commons in 2006. The FAC is a DSpace digital repository for disseminating and preserving scholarly works. The articles contained in this archive have been authored or produced by Flinders University faculty and staff, or by the University's sponsors and affiliates. The archive provides a central location for depositing research and other scholarly work, including working papers, pedagogically-oriented studies, and published papers for which authors have retained copyright or have acquired permission to post on the internet.

The Flinders Academic Commons provides enduring access to this research and makes the content easily discoverable to anyone with internet access.

Highly searchable

All archived items have been meticulously described with relevant metadata. DSpace metadata is compliant with the Open Archives Initiative for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH). This ensures that the repository will work with national and international repository harvesters, and that the items contained in the FAC will be fully searchable through major search engines like Google.

No more broken links

Traditionally, individuals and organisations have relied on URL hyperlinks and personal web pages to provide access to their digitised content on the internet. However, over time, more and more of these links are broken, rendering this content irretrievable. DSpace uses a different system. Each item in the FAC is assigned a 'handle', a type of persistent identifier, which will ensure that the digital work it represents will be perpetually sustained. These handles enable visitors to the FAC to locate, access, and otherwise make use of the resources it contains.

Concerned about copyright infringement?

Open Access (OA) digital environments like the Flinders Academic Commons are effective because they enable research to be quickly disseminated to a world-wide readership. This Open Access model is, however, a relatively new one that brings with it a number of challenges, including how to manage copyright in a fair and balanced way.

To add content to the FAC, you must own the copyright to the material you are submitting, or you must have permission to submit work for which you do not own the copyright.

Copyright is not transferred to the FAC, to the Library, or to any other body or organisation if your research is stored in the archive. If you held the copyright before you submitted your work to the FAC, you will still hold the copyright once it is archived. You should, however, be willing and able to grant the Flinders University Library the limited, non-exclusive license to preserve and distribute the work in DSpace. Please see the contributor's license for more information.


The FHRC has assembled several discipline-specific lists of 'copyright approved' publishers based on the 1500 items already stored in the FAC. This list is a work in progress; please contact us if you have obtained permission to archive works in a journal that does not appear on these lists.

Click on any of the following links to view the 'copyright approved' list for that discipline:

Aboriginal Studies


Cultural Studies

Drama and Screen Studies



Language and Linguistics

Legal Studies




Please note: These copyright lists are not provided as legal advice and should not be relied upon as such. If you are unsure about the copyright status of your work, please contact the journal or publisher directly for archiving approval. Feel free to contact the FHRC if you've any questions.

Most publishers' copyright information can be found online. Consult the journal or publisher's website or visit a copyright search engine like SHERPA/RoMEO to verify copyright permissions.