We’re delighted to share our new name – Open Access Australasia – along with a new logo and website to go with it. We believe this new name reflects our ambition to be inclusive of all approaches to furthering open access within the region. We encourage you to explore our resources and the directories. We welcome any comments or updates. Read more.
Open Access Australia’s Chair Martin Borchert & Director Ginny Barbour will be presenters and panelists at the Australian Digital Alliance Copyright Forum next month. See the short video preview and Register here.
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What’s new in OA & scholarly publishing in AU & NZ
Proposed OA policy change for NHMRC Australia’s NHMRC is proposing changing its policy to ensure all of its funded research articles are open access. By proposing this change, the NHMRC is adopting the same leadership role that other funders globally, especially health funders, have taken. We encourage you to submit your own feedback to the proposed change, which is is due by 5pm AEST 5 May. We blogged about this here. Find the NHMRC proposal here.
OA importance for Teaching & Learning Nice article in Campus Morning Mail by Tracy Creagh from QUT about the importance of open access, especially university-supported open access journals and the willingness of academic institutions to recognise the value of increasing dissemination via platforms without paywalls.
What’s new in OA & scholarly publishing globally
Next stage of UNESCO recommendations on Open science Intergovernmental special committee meeting related to the draft UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science will be held online, 6-7 and 10-12 May 2021 Read more
Launch of EC’s OA platform The European Commission has officially launched Open Research Europe, the open access publishing platform for scientific articles that present the results of research funded by Horizon 2020, and soon Horizon Europe. See more
Open Access button now OA. Works The library-owned non-profit tool maker Open Access Button has changed its name to OA.Works and expanded its activities. Their free open-source tools help make open access easy & equitable. Their tools include ShareYourPaper.org, InstantILL and Open Access Button.
UK police force issues warning about Sci_Hub The City of London Police have issued a warning about Sci-Hub, saying that “We would urge people to not use Sci Hub, as doing so could pose a threat to their personal information and devices.” Read more
Concerns about library vendors harvesting information SPARC have highlighted how “major library vendors—RELX and Thomson Reuters—have been building sophisticated, global systems of surveillance that include online tracking technologies, massive aggregation of user data, and the sale of services based on this tracking, including to governments and law enforcement.” Read more
IFLA launches the Global Library Publishing Map This map documents library publishing activities among IFLA’s global membership. Read more
Plan S open letter to researchers on the Rights Retention Strategy & publisher equivocation
The letter describes how some subscription publishers have recently put in place practices which may attempt to prevent cOAlition S funded researchers from exercising their right to make their author accepted manuscript open access immediately on publication in alignment with the rights retention strategy. Read more
Myth Busting session on RSS Jisc is running a “myth busting” session on the plan’s Rights Retention Strategy next month. Read more
cOAlition S and hybrid journals A short briefing highlights why why cOAlition S Organisations will not financially support the hybrid model of publishing. Read more
Support for the Subscribe to Open Model cOAlition S has written in support of this model of open access, noting that “Using existing budget and subscription processes without imposing paywalls, S2O provides a rapid route to open access that is applicable to research from all disciplines and all countries.” Read more
OA Books report published Academic Libraries and Open Access Books in Europe : A Landscape Study report from OPERAS. Read here
Milestone for LibriVox LibriVox is a free public domain repository for audiobooks which are made available by volunteers who read, proof listen and help out with with technology. The catalogue has almost 2000 projects in 43 languages. Read more
Society for Scholarly Publishing’s 43rd Annual Meeting May 2021
Open Repositories 2021 June 7-10
LIBER 2021 Online Conference
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 Open Access Australasia include joining our community of practice calls.