Welcome to the AOASG

Welcome to the Australian Open Access Support Group website. The site contains information about open access in Australia and we hope they will help to inform the debate around this important topic. Use the links below to go to pages of interest.

If you are new to open access our FAQ might answer some basic questions. You also might want to consider the benefits of open access. PhD students might consider whether they want people to read their thesis.

Benefits of Open Access

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OA repositories

The AOASG supports the sharing of Australian research through deposit into one of the many Australian institutional repositories. You can look at this poster to see how to make your research open access in a repository. Repository managers might find the discussion about changing copyright agreements illuminating. If you are considering developing a repository you might find the case study of Ballarat Health Services of interest.

OA publishing

The site also contains information about open access publishing.  Australian institutions publish a large number of open access journals. Many academics act as journal editors – who may be surprised by the power they hold with their publishers. There have also been some recent significant developments in OA monograph publishing. You might be interested in an OA publisher’s perspective on CC-BY. If you are considering starting an OA journal, there are lots of links and tips including some case studies.

Policies

There has been a sharp spike in statements about open access both in Australia and around the world. The comparison of the ARC and NHMRC policies identifies the similarities and differences between the policies. For a simple graphic view of the policies, look at the policy requirement graphic and if you need step-by-step help, use the policy compliance decision tree. The AOASG keep watch on overseas developments too, and the site contains an analysis of OA developments in the US including the CHORUS and SHARE proposals. There is also an analysis of the UK BIS report – including observations and implications.

Scholarly communication

For those interested in the broader issues related to open access, the page listing Australian research into open access will be a great starting point. This research builds on a long history of centrally supported OA initiatives in Australia. Indeed support for open access in Australia continues to grow. Open Access Week in 2013 saw a large number of events held in institutions across the country. Despite this positive momentum we still face issues restricting widespread green OA in Australia.

Information about the AOASG is available at the About the AOASG page. Our members are listed here. The group has had considerable news coverage since commencing. Please feel free to contact us – we welcome your feedback.

One thought on “Welcome to the AOASG

  1. Mark Elkins

    From January 2014, Journal of Physiotherapy will make it free for authors to submit their original research papers, free for authors to publish any papers that are accepted after rigorous peer review, and free for readers to access these papers in full text from the moment of publication.

    This so-called ‘platinum’ open access uses a model that we have not seen in other journals. That is, the sole professional member organisation in the country (the Australian Physiotherapy Association) has configured an innovative financial arrangement that makes it possible to avoid having to charge publication fees. This demonstrates the APA’s commitment to building information infrastructure that supports clinical practice locally and internationally. The free dissemination of high quality research demonstrates to government, other health professions and consumers of physiotherapy services that physiotherapists are committed to quality practice.

    The Journal of Physiotherapy is focused, perhaps more than any other physiotherapy journal, on publishing research that is both rigorous and clinically relevant. Open access to the Journal of Physiotherapy’s research content could improve translation of evidence into clinical practice by increasing both the amount and quality of accessible physiotherapy research.

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