Join us for our #2 webinar on April 28th where AOASG Executive Committee Chair, Martin Borchert, in his role as Chair of the SCOSS Board, and Angus Cook, CAUL Content Procurement Manager, will co-present the case for the continued support of the SCOSS crowd funding initiative. The Global Sustainability Coalition for Open Science Services (SCOSS), an initiative of SPARC Europe, works to facilitate crowd funding to help ensure the long-term sustainability of the world’s Open Science infrastructure upon which we have come to depend. You can register here.
We’ve added a new section below to highlight some of the excellent OA resources being produced on dealing with COVID-19 and are compiling these on our website. We welcome suggestions for additions.
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What’s new in OA & scholarly publishing in AU & NZ
AOASG & CAUL statement on access to content during COVID-19 CAUL and AOASG have welcomed moves by commercial publishers to open up their content at this critical time, the necessity for this to happen at all demonstrates that open access to research should be the new norm. This statement outlines how critical it is that once the pandemic is over, publishers do not once again restrict access to COVID-19 content. This will be especially crucial in light of the economic challenges all sectors of society will be facing, including universities dealing with constrained scholarly content budgets. Read statement.
Australian Academy of Science article on open science and COVID-19 Ginny Barbour, AOASG Director & AOASG Chair, Martin Borchert, have written on why OA is important, not just now but for the long term: Open science: after the COVID-19 pandemic there can be no return to closed working. Read the paper here.
ARC ORCID experience Australian Research Council Branch Manager (Policy and Strategy) Kylie Emery talks about the benefits of ARC’s integration with ORCID and getting to the goal of “enter once, reuse often” for research outputs in the application process.
APO gears up for COVID-19 Australia’s Analysis & Policy Observatory is supporting the global response by providing an increased focus on curating policy and research resources on COVID-19 and has created a new subject term dedicated to COVID-19, along with other related subjects such as pandemics, and respiratory and infectious diseases.
CAUL compilation of open resources relevant to COVID-19 This compilation is updated regularly.
Frontiers and The Norwegian Institute of Health have signed an OA publishing agreement. Read more.
Open Access Button‘s latest initiative from is shareyourpaper.org It allows researcher to find an OA copy of their paper that can be deposited in a repository and also will have an API for library integrations
Think Check Submit has added books to its set of resources
‘Diamond’ journal & platform study cOAlition S has just published a call for a study containing an analysis and overview of collaborative non-commercial (aka “Diamond”) publishing journals and platforms. The study is financially supported by Science Europe.
New criterial for transformative journals cOAlition S has published updated criteria for Transformative Journals. These are not substantial changes, and it does seem clear any support for hybrid will have a hard end by 2024
These are the key changes (from the website)
“changed the threshold when a journal must flip to full Open Access from 50% of to 75% and removed the commitment to flip by December 2024. In making these changes, however, we have stressed that publishers must explicitly state their commitment to transition to full Open Access and that our support for this model (in terms of paying for publishing services in subscription journals) will cease at the end of 2024;
reduced the annual growth target for the proportion of content which must be published in Open Access from 8% to at least 5% in absolute terms and at least 15% in relative terms, year-on-year;
Other criteria which a Transformative Journal must adhere to include:
implementing transparent pricing for the OA content published under this model and ensure that institutions purchasing a subscription to a TJ will pay only for remaining subscription content and
agreeing to provide an annual public report to cOAlition S, reporting on progress and demonstrating compliance with the requirements for TJs. This report must provide information on the usage – including downloads, citations, altmetric data – of OA articles compared with the subscription content.”
Springer Nature has put out its response to Plan S and its support for the transformative journals guidelines
APC funding is complex. Authors use a wide range of funding sources, often in combination.
Monitoring is a challenge as many APCs are still ‘in the wild’, particularly for fully OA journals.
To support the OA transition institutions need a more comprehensive view of APC funding sources.
Authors’ use of funds from outside of the library budget (other institutional funds or from research funders) demonstrates the opportunity for publisher OA agreements to consolidate multiple sources, as has been the case for some existing Springer Nature agreements.
This is a great time to get in touch with (or even start!) local and online initiatives such as Hacky Hours. AERO has a list of resources here
Want more OA news?
We can’t cover everything here! This is a curated list of items that caught our eye and/or which seem especially relevant to OA in this region. For daily updates the best source is the Open Access Tracking Project or if you prefer to be more selective, our Twitter account which has posts throughout each day.
The newsletter archive provides snapshots of key issues throughout the year. Other ways to keep in touch with discussions at AOASG include joining our community of practice calls or the listserve.