Cross Connect and SCU Profiles

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Promoting your research and profile

Cross Connect is the institutional repository of Southern Cross University. Cross Connect provides a platform to showcase our research and researchers and, where possible, provide Open Access to publications.

Included in Cross Connect are our SCU Profiles. Any current staff member, adjunct, or emeritus can request a profile. Postgraduate research students must have publications before they can request a profile.

Cross Connect is the public-facing institutional repository of Southern Cross University that promotes all types of publications, research outputs, and Scholarship of Learning and Teaching activities.

Cross Connect will also automatically harvest publications from sources such as Web of Science, SCOPUS, and other publisher platforms to your profile.

Please see the Centre for Teaching and Learning's Knowledge Base article on how to showcase your learning and teaching activities for information on how to enter your Scholarship of Learning and Teaching (SoLT) activities.

Cross Connect and IRMA: What’s the difference?

IRMA (SCU’s Research Management System) is the internal and external reporting data source managed by Research Services in the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research.

Cross Connect, managed by Library Services, fulfils a complementary role. It showcases staff publications, profiles, and research interests and provides a platform enabling Open Access to research outputs, publishing of datasets, and minting of DOI's.

For information from Research Services on reportable publication categories please follow the submission guidelines to register your outputs with All publications registered in IRMA will also be added to the Research Portal.

If you are research-active you should automatically have a profile that you can access and update via the Cross Connect SCU Profiles page.  Sign in at the top right corner of the screen.

Your profile will not be public until you request it. To make your profile public, first, you will need to log in to review the content and edit as necessary. Be sure to upload a recent headshot, update your biography, link your ORCID to enable publications data transfer to ORCID, and add your research topics. Biographies should be succinct and no more than 200 words in total. If you require assistance updating your SCU Profile, contact

If you are approved for Research Supervision by the Graduate School, your biography will also need to made public with specific details included to appear on the Southern Cross 'Find a Supervisor' search. Please note, we are currently working on a structure to more consistently present biographies for this search for the benefit of potential HDR student experience. If you would like to discuss your biography in the context of supervision please contact

Providing accepted manuscripts, sometimes called post-prints, can increase your citations as the full text of your article will be available in the repository on Open Access. This is the final accepted version of your paper, after peer review and before publisher markup. For more information, see the Open Access page. If you want to submit a post-print for an article already in Cross Connect, email it to or login to your profile and retrospectively add it. Library Systems staff will ensure any publisher copyright requirements are met. You can also attach your post-print or accepted manuscript to your submission to the Office of Research along with the publisher version.

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