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May 2024 Newsletter



May 2024: What’s in this issue

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

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

An Open Conversation with the Chief Scientist about Open Access for Australia

On May 23rd 2024 over 300 participants attended an Open Conversation with the Chief Scientist Dr Cathy Foley organised by CAUL. Dr Foley spoke about her vision for open access in Australia and then took questions from the audience. There were over 80 questions submitted via Slido. A recording of the session will be circulated to CAUL membership. Questions not addressed at the meeting will be collated and sent to Dr Foley for her response. Watch this space!

Code of Ethics for the Australian LIS Sector – Consultation Paper out now.

“The Code of Ethics… is intended to be representative and supportive of the entire Australian LIS sector, so everyone in the sector, ALIA members and non-members alike, is invited and welcome to contribute feedback, with the aim of creating a Code of Ethics that embraces the sector’s diversity and unites the workforce in ethical practice.”

A webinar discussing the Code of Ethics is being held on 19 June. Register here

Call for EOI for OA201 Working Group

The fifth run of the online course OA101 has just wrapped up with 88 participants from 23 OAA member institutions. Thank you to all our participants and to our tutors!

We are now preparing to write the next course – a more advanced deep dive into current issues in open access, open science and scholarly communications.

If you would like to be part of the working group for this new course please send your EOI to contact@oaaustralasia.org

Call for EOI for Organising Committee OAA Open Access Week 2024

Open Access Australasia is seeking individuals with a passion for open access to serve on the organising committee for this year’s OA Week events. If you are interested in being involved in planning the panels and webinars for this year’s theme ‘Community over Commercialisation’ please email contact@oaaustralasia.org

To learn more about what Open Access Australasia does for OA week check out our videos from last year


Strengthening the science, innovation and technology system in Aotearoa: Consultations for Phase 1 of the Report.

The Science System Advisory Group (SSAG) has been established by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment to provide advice to the Aotearoa New Zealand government on strengthening the science, innovation and technology system. SSAG is currently preparing a two-part report via a consultation process. Both CONZUL and Open Access Australasia submitted to phase 1 of the consultation.


New OA Dashboard from Aotearoa’s Tom Saunders using OpenAlex

This useful OA tool has been written by Tom Saunders to query OpenAlex to track

open access trends by country or by institution. The current dashboard shows overall data for Aotearoa New Zealand and Australia, and trends over time for the Aotearoa universities and also the Australian G8.

Tom has kindly offered to stop by the next Australian Scholarly Communications Community of Practice meeting on June 13th to give a quick demo.

The dashboard can be found at https://tomsaunders.me/oa-nz/

If you would like to join the AuSCCoP and attend the next meeting please email contact@oaaustralasia.org

What’s new in OA & scholarly publishing globally

OASPA calls for community feedback on draft recommendations to increase equity in open access

OASPA has released its draft recommendations to increase equity in OA and is inviting the international community to give feedback. Consultation closes 1 July 24.

“We…want to avoid erosion of trust in the very concept of OA due to exclusionary practices. There is scope for improvement in all approaches, and our recommendations cover all models of OA, across book and journal publishing, and across hybrid and fully OA publishing.” More information here

Launch of first national guidelines on Open Access publishing in Ireland

“The first national guidelines for Open Access publishing in Ireland were launched on 23 May 2024. The guidelines will provide practical support for Irish scholarly publishers and authors to transition to Open Access, with the potential to substantially democratise access to research.” More information

Editors at Philosophy & Public Affairs Resign; Will Launch New OA Journal

The executive, associate, and advisory editors and all of the editorial board members of the  influential journal Philosophy & Public Affairs currently published by Wiley

have resigned en masse and intend to start a new diamond open access journal. The resigning staff state that academic journals are “not well-served by commercial publishing.”


The Public Knowledge Project releases its 2023 Annual Report

“PKP is pleased to release its Annual Report for fiscal year 2023, including updates on software development and usage, advisory committee, community governance, committees and interest groups, research, publishing services, Coalition Publica partnership, financial and operations, contributors, and more.”

2024 State of Open Infrastructure Report

“We believe that open infrastructure has an indispensable and irreplaceable role in advancing a research ecosystem that prioritizes access and participation by and for all — and that anchoring our technical systems in community, interdependence, and openness are competitive advantages.”

What we are reading

Wiley’s ‘fake science’ scandal is just the latest chapter in a broader crisis of trust universities must address

Wiley’s “Hindawi scandal offers a window into a thriving black market worth tens of millions of dollars which trades in fake science, corrupted research and bogus authorship.” This paper concludes with Australia’s response to the global increase in research fraud.

Lessons from Redalyc’s organic rise as a model of diamond open access

“The non-commercial infrastructure embraces science as a public good that should be free – and freely shared. Rather than relying on Article Processing Charges (APCs), Redalyc open access journals are published under the Diamond Open Access model, supported in ways that are aimed at promoting equity in scholarly communication. The organization is committed to keeping control of publishing within the academic community to ensure a sustainable scientific ecosystem that includes the voices of all who want to participate.”


What we are watching

Measuring Open Science

A Centre for Open Science webinar on the current state of open science adoption, featuring diverse perspectives from researchers, funders, and publishers, as well as an exploration of innovative initiatives and metrics designed to enhance and track open science practices across various disciplines and regions.

What we are listening to

Open Science Talk Podcast

The German initiative KOALA (in English, Building Consortial Open Access Solutions) is a bottom-up initiative that negotiates funding for Diamond Open Access by cutting into library budgets. By pooling resources from more than a hundred research libraries across Germany, KOALA has so far secured funding for ten peer-reviewed journals and two book series.

Upcoming events in OA & scholarly publishing

Open Repositories Conference

3-6 June Göteborg, Sweden

Research Bazaar Aotearoa

8-12 July. Online. Sign up for updates

IFLA Information Futures Summit

30 Sept – 3 Oct 2024 Brisbane, QLD, Australia

2024 Open Education Conference (OpenEd24)

8-10 October 2024 Providence, RI, USA, and online

OEGlobal 2024

13-15 November 2024 Brisbane, QLD, Australia

44th IATUL Conference

24-28 November 2024 Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand.

2nd Global Summit on Diamond Open Access

8 – 14 December 2024 Cape Town, South Africa.