Records of the Australian Museum is a peer-reviewed journal publishing the results of studies based on Australian Museum collections. While the research focus is animal taxonomy and systematics, contributions described as cultural, archaeological, mineralogical or palaeontological will also be considered. The journal is Open Access, and there are no author - or reader charges. Print and online content are published simultaneously. In March 2022, Records was admitted to the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).
Since 1827, studies on Australian Museum collections, or studies that more generally lead to a better understanding of the unique natural and cultural history of Australia and the Pacific, have been published by the Museum. The Museum’s leading research journal, Records of the Australian Museum, was first published in print in 1889 and since 1999 has been published in print and online as full-text, born-digital, PDF. CrossRef DOI (article-level) was implemented in 2008 to facilitate persistence and interoperability in the scientific literature. In 2009, the entire legacy was digitized and made permanently and freely available online with each article DOI-registered and OCR active. Since 2016, most authors have been ORCID-registered, and since 2017 taxonomic publications have LSID via ZooBank.
Authors retain full copyright to their works. PDFs are externally archived at Australia’s National eDeposit (NED), and, from 2019, works are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0). This permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original authors and source are credited. To accelerate publication of peer-reviewed science, a one- or several-article-per-issue model has been adopted. For the last 35 years the Museum has published the journal as a variable number of issues per volume, one volume per year (volume 74 in 2022). Print production is greatly reduced to a sustainable level.