Welcome to the Australian Open Access Support Group (AOASG) website. We have gathered together information about Open Access (OA) in Australia and hope it will inform the debate around this important topic.
New to Open Access? Our FAQ might answer some basic questions
Want more? See detailed information on the benefits of Open Access.
PhD students Consider how Open Access can help to get people to read your thesis.
Benefits of Open Access
Open Access 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.
Open Access 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.
Open Access 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.
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 and 2014 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.