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Feb/March 2023 Newsletter

What’s new in OA & scholarly publishing in Australia & Aotearoa New  Zealand
What’s new in OA & scholarly publishing globally
Recent writing & resources on OA
Upcoming events in OA & scholarly publishing

We are just over two months into the new year and we pleased to say that Open Access Australasia continues to expand. We are thrilled to announce that NSLA (National & State Libraries Australasia) the peak body for Australia’s national state and territory Libraries has joined Open Access Australasia – their contribution will strengthen our advocacy.  We are also thrilled to welcome Bond University to Open Access Australasia, and we very much look forward to working with them. Kim Tairi, Chair of the Open Access Australasia Executive Committee, commented: The OAA Executive are excited that NSLA (National & State Libraries Australia) and Bond University have joined OAA. Growing our membership and diversity strengthens our capacity for advocacy, knowledge building and sharing through-out our region. We look forward to working together in the years to come! Nau mai (welcome) ki a koutou katoa (to you all).

We also say thank you to Dr Danny Kingsley who leaves her role on the Executive Committee after resigning from USC. We appreciate all of her hard work and unrelenting passion for open access.  Danny was the first Executive Officer of AOASG, which became Open Access Australasia, and set us in very good stead to become the successful advocacy group we are today. 

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What’s new in OA & scholarly publishing in Australia & Aotearoa New Zealand

Conversation on Australia’s science future
Australia’s Science Minister, the Hon Ed Husic MP, has launched a month long consultation process for the National Science and Research Priorities and National Science Statement. The consultation is seeking views on refreshing the priorities for our science system to reflect Australia’s ambitions and challenges. A conversation starter has been provided which sets out the intent and background for this consultation and gives some questions and key considerations for feedback.  Open Access Australasia will be making a submission. If any members wish to contribute to the submission please contact us. Submissions close 31 March 2023.  Read more.

New data request platform for Australia 
The Australian government has launched Dataplace, a new platform where researchers and policy makers can request data from any Australian Government agency, including under the Data Availability and Transparency Act 2022, data sharing scheme.  Read more.

QUT policy moves in line with NHMRC
20 years after becoming the first university in the world to have an institution wide OA mandate, QUT has revised its Open Access policy to require researchers to make their refereed research articles and published conference papers to be made “immediately available, with a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) licence”, via its institutional repository QUT ePrints.  The move aligns QUT’s Open Access Policy with that of the NHMRC, who recently joined cOAlition S.

Webinar on Open Science
The UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science has become a very important in driving discussions on Open Science international and is one of a number of global open science initiatives. On 30th March CAUL, Open Access Australasia and ARDC will co-host a webinar Open Science in Australia: How can we support key international initiatives. Information and registration here.

What’s new in OA & scholarly publishing globally

Swedish presidency of Council of EU: Immediate open access ‘should be EU default’
The statement came after discussion among EU research ministers earlier this month. The presidency said “Making scholarly publications rapidly accessible to all contributes to high-quality research,  Therefore, providing immediate open access to peer-reviewed research publications under open licences should be the default.”  Read more

UNESCO capacity building index
UNESCO has designed an index for Open Science capacity building connecting people to resources to foster learning about open science and to support teaching open science. Last year a survey was launched to collect content. Browse the index here.

DOAB continues to grow 
In 2022 more than 18,000 books were added to the Directory of Open Books. More than 600 publishers are now on the DOAB’s books with 87 new publishers added last year. More than 65,000 academic peer-reviewed books are now available via the platform. Read more.
DORA turns 10
This May the Declaration on Research Assessment will celebrate its10th Anniversary, with two plenary sessions – one of which is in this time zone –  and the opportunity for organisations and other groups to host their own event. Register or propose an event here 

Flip to diamond funding @MIT Press
MIT Press has announced a new initiative to flip existing subscription-based journals to a diamond open access publishing model. shift+OPEN  will be accepting submissions for subscription English-language journals in any field and from any part of the world. Intended for existing titles, it will cover the expenses of transitioning one journal to open access model for a three-year term, provide the Press’s full suite of publishing services, and support the development of a sustainable funding model for the future. Their focus will be on identifying a “modest sized” quarterly journal as the first title to be included in the pilot.

Fully OA publishers statement
Fully OA has issued a statement supporting the US OSPT memo.  The group, which formed as an Open Access Scholarly Publishing Association (OASPA) interest group, is limited to publishers who publish 100% of their journal content OA and are not mixed-model nor in any kind of transition to OA.

Apply for ASAPbio fellowship
Applications for the 2023 ASAPbio Fellows program is now open for applications.  Participants will be given a comprehensive overview of the preprint and preprint review landscape as well as opportunities to explore trends, tools, and the outlook for preprints.  They will also work on a preprint project. More info.

Policy paper on digital ownership: Library Futures 
US Advocacy group Library Futures (LF) has released a policy policy paper on digital ownership for libraries. The policy follows what LF describes as a dramatic digital shift by book publishers and ebook platforms away from traditional sales toward licensing content. Read more

Warning from DOAJ 
The Directory of Open Journals (DOAJ) has issued a warning about a website & Twitter account from an organisation called ‘DOAJ Publications’ or ‘Doaj publisher’. The DOAJ says the company is not affiliated with them and believes it may be being used to deliberately mislead people. Read more.
cOAlition S publishes Plan S: Annual Review 2022
The report includes activities in 2022, discussions on support for various publishing models and highlights specific initiatives of cOAlition S funders. There is also a preview of plans for 2023. Read here.


Clarivate launches Preprint Citation Index
The multidisciplinary Preprint Citation Index provides aggregates almost two million preprints from arXiv, bioRxiv, chemRxiv, medRxiv and Preprints.org. Clarivate plans to also add preprints from more repositories and display open peer reviews on the index this year. The preprints are not included in Clarivate’s Web of Science Core Collection. Read more.


OA in China 
A Joint Report about Open Access has been prepared by China Association for Science and Technology and the International Association of Scientific, Technical, and Medical Publishers. Download the report here.
JASPER journal saver project:  Progress report
The Project JASPER initiative was launched in late 2020 to address the issue of OA journals disappearing from the web and involved the DOAJ, CLOCKSS, Internet Archive, ISSN International Centre (Keepers Registry) and the Public Knowledge Project.Read about what has happened.

Recent writing & resources on OA 

What we’re reading

Librarians Are Finding Thousands Of Books No Longer Protected By Copyright Law – Vice.com by Claire Woodcock 

Cultural Heritage Mapping Report: ‘Practices and policies supporting Cultural Heritage image sharing platforms’ – Beth Knazook and Joan Murphy for the Digital Repository of Ireland

What we’re listening to 

Scholarship for the Public Good: Paths to Open Access – CUNY Webinar with Peter Suber (Harvard University) Heather Paxson (MIT)  Leslie Chan (University of Toronto)

Upcoming events in OA & scholarly publishing


May 16-18 2023 Costa Rica 



12-15 June 2023 South Africa


OAI13 Geneva Workshop on Innovations in Scholarly Communication from 4-8 September 2023

OASPA Online Conference on Open Access Scholarly Publishing 2023

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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Newsletter compiled by Sandra Fry and Virginia Barbour, Open Access Australasia.

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