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August 2021 Newsletter

August 2021: What’s in this issue

What’s new in OA & scholarly publishing in AU & NZ 
What’s new in OA & scholarly publishing globally
Recent writing & resources on OA
Upcoming events in OA & scholarly publishing
We are thrilled to announce three new members of Open Access Australasia. Each of these organisations has been advocating for open access in their own domains for some time.  We look forward to engaging their expertise in our work on open access in this region.

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) is the national professional organisation for the Australian library and information services sector. It has been a long term contributor to the discourse around open access with its quarterly journal JALIA available as a green open access publication since 2013.
The Australian Digital Alliance (ADA) is a broad coalition of copyright users and innovators who support copyright laws that strike a balance between providing reasonable incentives for creators and the wider public interest in the advancement of learning, innovation and culture. It was founded in 1998, with retired Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia, Sir Anthony Mason, as its first patron. For the latest news from the ADA look here.

Wikimedia Australia is the Australian chapter of the international Wikimedia Foundation, a global movement whose mission is to bring free educational content to the world. Through various projects, chapters, and the support structure of the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation, Wikimedia strives to bring about a world in which every single human being can freely share in the sum of all knowledge.

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What’s new in OA & scholarly publishing in AU & NZ

Photo of Australia's chief scientist Dr Cathy FoleyChief Scientist discusses OA at Open Access Australasia members’ meeting 
Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Cathy Foley, was the guest speaker at our mid-year strategy & planning meeting. Earlier this year, she identified open access as a key pillar of her strategic work plan.

Dr Foley is currently consulting with stakeholders such as publishers, research funders, library peak bodies, national and international open access advocacy bodies, including Open Access Australasia, and has engaged a consultancy for that consultation.

Feedback can be provided to the Office of the Chief Scientist: openaccess@chiefscientist.gov.au

Draft research software agenda launched
The Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC) is calling for research software to be recognised in line with journal articles and research data as a first class scholarly output. The call comes in ARDC’s recently released draft national agenda for research software. The draft agenda also highlights the FAIR4RS Principles as an area for action. 

CAUL read & publish agreement guide
The Council of Australian University Librarians has published a new guide: Read & Publish Agreements Negotiated by CAUL.  It includes key information on the seven Read & Publish agreements currently available, including a list of participating institutions, included titles, information for authors about rights and publishing processes, and information for libraries about licensing, workflows and sharing via repositories.

Community Consultations underway for the 2021 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap
There are a range of opportunities for consultation through the NRI website. See more

Open Access Australasia webinar: OA & the UN SDGs
Our third webinar for 2021 will focus on the contribution of open access to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and will be presented by Fiona Bradley, Director of Research and Corporate at UNSW Library. REGISTER NOW


What’s new in OA & scholarly publishing globally

General News

UKRI OA policy outlined
UK Research and innovation (UKRI) has announced its much awaited OA policy  which is largely in line with Plan S, but interestingly, they are continuing to consult on publication fees for hybrid journals.  Open Access Australasia welcomes this announcement. There has been a generally positive response to the policy, albeit with reservations from some publishers – see these responses;  STMTaylor & FrancisNature articleJiscResearch Libraries UKCOPIMFrontiers.  cOAlition S has welcomed the policy here

UKRI logoRequirements of the new policy:

For peer-reviewed research articles, key requirements of the new policy include: 

  • Immediate open access for research articles submitted for publication on or after 1 April 2022.
  • either via the version of record in a journal or publishing platform, or by depositing the authors accepted manuscript (or if permitted by the publisher the version of record) in an institutional or subject repository.
  • CC BY licence and CC BY ND by exception, including a requirement to notify publisher of licensing at the point of submission.

Key requirements of the new policy for monographs published on or after 1 January 2024 include: 

  • The final version of a publication or accepted manuscript being made open access via a publisher’s website, platform or repository, within a maximum of 12 months of publication
  • CC BY licence preferred, but NC and ND licences are permitted.

Supporting policy implementation

To support successful implementation of the policy UKRI will work with the sector to put in place supporting interventions, including:

  • substantially increasing UKRI funding support for open access in recognition that this is required to meet the new policy intent and the extension of our policy to long-form outputs.
  • dedicated funding to Jisc in support of sector open access negotiations, with guidance and infrastructure to aid the up-take of UKRI compliant open access options.
  • continuing  work to support culture change around publication, in that research should be recognised for its intrinsic merit rather than where it has been published.
Open Science and the UNESCO initiative
The International Science Council has welcomed the draft UNESCO recommendation on Open Science strongly. UNESCO has engaged with the scientific community over the last year to generate a list of draft recommendations including: for open access to the published record of science, open data, open educational resources, open-source software and code, open hardware and infrastructures, and open engagement with society. It’s seeking to formalise these trends internationally by placing a Recommendation on Open Science before its 193 Member States for their endorsement. 

New research prototype set to change landscape
Octopus is an experimental new platform for scientific research to be made available as separate elements: the problem statement, hypothesis, methods, data, analysis, interpretation, implementation, and peer review are all linked together, to form chains of collaborative work.  The concept will receive £650,000 in funding from Research England’s Emerging Priorities Fund over the next three years to help develop the prototype. The platform will be free for researchers to publish their work and free for anyone to read. Read more.

Author rights resources:  Authors Alliance 
The US Authors Alliance has created a library partner program for scholarly communications and library professionals to assist faculty, researchers and students understand and manage their rights. The Authors Alliance Partner Program (A2P2) resources include Workshops in a Box, webinars & issues briefs.

Rockefeller University Press Announces Free Read-and-Publish for Developing Countries
Publication fees for Immediate Open Access under CC-BY license in Journal of Cell Biology (JCB), Journal of Experimental Medicine (JEM), and Journal of General Physiology (JGP) will be automatically waived for corresponding authors based in eligible developing countries. This includes deposit in PubMed Central (PMC) and archive in LOCKSS/CLOCKSS and Portico. Read more

SCOSS Campaign: DOAB/OAPEN meet funding milestone for DOAB and OAPEN
The Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) and OAPEN, jointly part of SCOSS’s second funding cycle, reached their funding goal of 505,000 Euros over 18 months. DOAB/OAPEN are now the second SCOSS endorsed Open Science Infrastructure that has successfully reached its funding target with pledges from libraries globally. Read more

Invest in Open Community Oversight Council: Informational Sessions 
On August 25 (26th for this region) IoI is running two  informational sessions on their Community Oversight work, including the formation of a Community Oversight Council. Register here

Preprints in Grant applications
Concerns were raised over an ARC rule that excludes citation of preprints on grant applications. Read more


New Plan S Repository Self-Assessment Tool
Jisc’s OpenDOAR (Directory of Open Access Repositories) has launched a self-assessment feature for repository staff that allows them to check whether their repository meets the six Plan S requirements for repositories. Read more

CARL Releases Documentation to Support Canadian Repositories’ Participation in OpenAIRE
This documentation is as a result of a collaboration of Canadian Association of Research Libraries with OpenAIRE as part of  the OpenAIRE Advance project. The documentation includes a step-by-step decision tree, guidance for OpenAIRE metadata compliance, and a FAQ. Read more

LIBER and COAR sign partnership agreement 
The agreement provides a framework for joint strategic actions that will reinforce the important role of libraries in sustaining and advancing open repositories in Europe. Read more

US National Gallery donates images & data to Wikimedia
The US National Gallery of Art has been working with the Wikimedia Foundation since 2018 to add its collection of OA images and data to Wikimedia platforms, and has so far contributed 53,000 images to Wikimedia Commons and 120,000 art object collection records to Wikidata.  All are freely available to use without restriction with a Creative Commons CC0 licence.


International Open Access Week 2021

2021 theme: It matters how we open Knowledge:  Building Structural Equity
The International Open Access Week committee has announced this year’s theme for the October 25-31 event. Graphics can be downloaded here. This year’s theme aligns with the draft UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science, of which Open Access is a crucial component. SPARC says the recommendation powerfully articulates and centers the importance of equity in pursuing a future for scholarship that is open by default. Open Access Australasia has set up an OA Week planning committee led by Thomas Shafee from La Trobe University which has begun preparations for Australian & New Zealand events.  

Expressions of interest and surveys

cOAlition S, OASPA and ALPSP 
This is a call for expressions of interest from people who would like to work on shared principles, data, licenses, and workflows to underpin Open Access agreements between libraries/consortia and smaller independent publishers.  https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CQDMQD8

COAR and ASAP Bio survey 
Calling all generalist repositories! @ASAPbio_/COAR  are conducting a survey on Preprint Sharing in Repositories  As the sharing of preprints becomes more widely embraced, these types of repositories are obvious mechanisms to expand the preprint ecosystem. https://surveymonkey.com/r/DXV3DCW

Recent writing & resources on OA 

Keynote speakers from the Knowledge Unlatched Leuven Open Science Day

The future relationship between university and publisher by Samuel Moore 

New quick guide to open data licenses from Zenodo

Lessons from arXiv’s 30 years of information sharing by Paul Ginsparg in Nature Reviews Physics


Blogs we’re reading

Let’s stop reviewing for publishers that profit from research – Joseph Paul Cohen Blog – Australasian Human Research Ethics Consultancy Services (AHRECS) 

Voices of the new generation: open science is good for science (and for you) – Neville E. Sanjana – Nature Blog

How to foster a positive preprint feedback culture: From FAST principles to implementation – ASAPbio 

We won’t get to a more equitable knowledge ecosystem if we don’t have more equitable ways to assess research and knowledge – By John Harle, LSE blog

Upcoming events in OA & scholarly publishing

Open Education Policy Forum
September 15-16

OASPA 2021 Conference UK
September 20

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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.
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