Open Access Week Webinars – Registration Now Open

Registrations are now open for the free AOASG webinars that will run during OAWK 2014.

Full details can be found on our webinar page:

But in short:

“Open access 101”: Tues 21 Oct  12:30pm  AEDT Register
“Funder OA policies & requirements”: Wed 22 Oct 12:30pm AEDT Register
“Understanding publisher agreements”: Wed 23 OCT 2:30pm AEDT Register
“The changing publishing landscape”: Thurs 24 Oct 12:30pm AEDT  Register

Feel free to spread the registration links far and wide, or to use the events to supplement your own OAWk events.

OAWk Webinars now open for registration

Registration is now open for the AOASG webinars to be held during Open Access Week 2014.

For a full description go to our webinar page, otherwise you can click on the links below to sign up.
These stand-alone webinars will run for 45 -50 minutes with 30 minutes for presentation and 10-15 minutes for discussion. All are being held during Open Access Week 2014.

Date Time Topic Register
Tuesday 21 October 12.30pm – 1.30pm AEDT “Open access 101” Register
Wednesday 22 October 12.30pm – 1.30pm AEDT “Funder OA policies & requirements” Register
Wednesday 23 October 2:30pm – 3.15pm AEDT “Understanding publisher agreements” Register
Thursday 24 October 12.30pm – 1.30pm AEDT “The changing publishing landscape” Register

Australian Chief Scientist comes out in support of Open Access.

Ian Chubb recommends in his newly released STEM strategy that the government “enhance dissemination of Australian STEM research by expanding open access policies and improving the supporting infrastructure.” and “Support the translation and commercialisation of STEM discoveries through: … a modern and flexible IP framework that embraces a range of capabilities from open access regimes to …” Check out pages 18 and 28 of the full report [pdf]

Debate about conditions relating to APC fund allocations

An interesting discussion has come up on the SCHOLCOMM list about applying rules to the allocation of APC funds. I’ve summarised it here and put in the links to some universities’ OA fund criteria which might be of interest to anyone thinking about putting together some criteria for their own institutions.

The first query was from University of orleans saying they were thinking of setting up a fund to pay for APCs and were considering putting in a requirement that the department chair approve the journal choice.

Florida State University replied that there are more objective standards offering their OA fund criteria –

Emory University mentioned ‘quality’ considerations, and sent a link to their fund requirements are here: “The referral to a department chair is part of an internal document signed off on by our Library Policy Committee, which serves as our faculty advisory committee for the fund.”

University of Northern Carolina also have quality criteria such as being listed in the DOAJ. Their LibGuide on information on application and review procedures; it also provides advice for applicants on evaluating the quality of OA journals: Also they said “Department chairs are required to sign off on the application to reflect their support for the fund request, so they could informally vet the journal although this is really considered the job of the review committee. We haven’t run into any issues with this approach, but are still less than a year into the program.”

Grand Valley State University require that department chairs review the applications for our open access publishing fund. We use that in combination with other criteria (see They noted that department chairs were less confident in their own ability to identify predatory publishers. We talk through those concerns and have tried to provide our faculty with tools that assist in evaluating open access journals (

Two people said there would be issues about ‘academic freedom’. One noted: It also occurs to me that journal publishers would not be very happy about this kind of requirement – I know that journal publishers in Canada are very concerned about library OA funds only funding APCs for “big” OA journals.

That last comment is rather concerning.


AOASG Open Access Forum – The Researcher’s Perspective

The Australian Open Access Support Group is pleased to announce its inaugural ‘must attend’ face to face Forum, to be held on the morning of Wednesday 5 November at ACU’s North Sydney Campus.

The forum will consist of two morning sessions, one a facilitated discussion featuring researchers from a range of disciplines discussing the benefits and challenges of sharing their work through making it open access and communicating it through social media. The other session will focus on national and international trends in open access.

This event will precede the ANDS afternoon of talks featuring Dr Heather Piwowar and is held the day before the CAUL Research Repository Community Days commence.

Registration fees will cover costs and morning tea will be provided. Lunch will be provided for those staying for the afternoon ANDS events.

Registrations are not yet open, but we will send out notification to the lists as soon as we can. Please note the date, and starting time of 9:00 am (8:30 registration), in your diary for when you are booking your travel to the CAUL research Repository Community Days and/or the ANDS workshop.

AOASG Open Access Forum – The Researcher’s Perspective


Wednesday November 5th


$45 for staff or students of AOASG member institutions (

$90 for others


Tenison Woods House, 8-20 Napier Street, North Sydney, NSW which is part of the North Sydney Campus of the Australian Catholic University

Further details of the Forum will be made available via the website, or contact

Related events

There will be two other events at ACU of likely interest to those attending the Forum.

• On Wednesday afternoon, November 5, the Australian National Data Service (ANDS) will be presenting an afternoon of talks exploring open access, data, data reuse, data citation and research impact featuring guest speaker, Dr Heather Piwowar. Those staying for this event will be provided with lunch. More details from ANDS (

• On Thursday and Friday the CAUL Research Repositories Community Days ( will be held at the same venue.

Open access update June 2014

This blog is a short update of events and developments in open access to the end of June 2014. It includes: Cost of scholarly publishing under scrutiny, Publisher news, Monograph developments, Altmetrics articles, Other published research, News, Events – past, Events – upcoming, Resources.

Cost of scholarly publishing under scrutiny

Shining a light on the big deal – 20 June 2014

Evaluating big deal journal bundles” published in PNAS has concluded what we all knew: that comparable academic institutions pay different prices for journal access. While this is not really news at least it is now in the public domain. Not surprisingly this has caused a lot of comment including:  “Secret bundles of profitScience 20 June 2014: Vol. 344 no. 6190 pp. 1332-1333  and for those not at an institution subscribing to Science can read this commentary in The Scientist: “Journal Price Tags Revealed

FoI requests by New Zealand libraries – 5 June 2014

Official Information Act requests sent to New Zealand universities revealed similar responses to those received by Tim Gowers in the UK. “Official Information Act requests in the style of Tim Gowers

Where is the money for open access going?

Following from Wellcome Trust’s revelation of where their funds are spent, the spending of the RCUK open access block grant in 2013-14 on article process charges for the top five publishers shows that Elsevier and Wiley are streets ahead in terms of overall spend and amount they charge for APCs. Way back follow-ups are PLOS, Nature Publishing Group and BioMed Central.

Publisher news

Interesting development – STM licenses

The International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers (STM) have developed some Open Access Licensing templates because: “STM believes that publishers should have the tools to offer a wide variety of appropriate licensing terms dependent on their economic model and business strategy. To that end, the Association has produced sample licences for a variety of uses within open access publishing.”

Publisher imposes censorship on article about open access – 5 June 2014

An article in Prometheus that criticised the profits of publishers was delayed, the publisher names redacted and a long disclaimer added to it before publishing. The Editorial Board threatened to resign over the incident.

Publisher apologises about the censorship issue – 19 June 2014

The Prometheus editors withdrew threat to resign after Taylor & Francis apologised for obstructing report critical of industry practices. The previous story went viral meaning the first paper was the most read paper in the journal’s online history.

Monograph developments

Monograph solution 1 – Proposal to make HASS monographs sustainable

This is a proposal to encourage partnerships among scholarly societies, research libraries, and other institutional partners with a plan to convert traditional subscription publication formats, including society-published journals and books or monographs, to OA. The financial model is based on an annual or multi-year payment made by every institution of higher education, no matter what its size or classification, and by any institution that benefits from the research that is generated by those within the academy.

Monograph solution 2 – Seed money? – 27 June 2014

The solution from the American Association of University presses is described by Donald J. Waters, of the Mellon foundation’s scholarly-communications program as “a set of ideas to stimulate discussions with a broad range of constituents—presses, scholars, university leaders, libraries, and others.” There are several options, including the possibility that Mellon could provide seed money to universities to pay for the digital publication of some faculty members’ work and to make it openly accessible online.

Monograph solution 3 – Home institution pays for first book

An Association of American Universities and the Association of Research Libraries Prospectus for an Institutionally Funded First-Book Subvention describes an idea of a “prospectus for an institutionally funded first-book subvention” that would shift the burden of payment to authors’ home institutions.

Altmetrics articles

Special issue on alternative metrics – June 2014

The June issue of the Elsevier-produced Research Trends is all about altmetrics, with articles including: A brief history of altmetrics; Scholarly blogs are a promising altmetric source; Downloads versus citations and the role of publication language and many others.

Altmetrics for institutions have been released – 12 June 2014

This is an interesting initiative from Altmetric that will prove very useful to research administrators – institutional altmetrics. This partly arises from a paper published in Ariadne in January: “Realising the Potential of Altmetrics within Institutions”.

Other published research

Learned Societies and open access report – 27 May 2014

This survey appraised attitudes toward Open Access amongst learned society publishers with findings including: Learned societies overwhelmingly agree that Open Access will inevitably place some learned societies’ journals into financial jeopardy, and Collaboration between learned societies could help in the transition to Open Access, by pooling resources and sharing complex tasks. Press release.

Researchers change their publication to fit the assessment – 8 June 2014

A new series of quarterly reports has been launched by Digital Research to look at research data. The first report, called Evidence for Excellence addresses publishing behaviour of researchers submitting to the UK’s Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), finding there has been a change in publication formats, with Engineering moving away from submitting conference reports to (almost exclusively) submitting journal articles, and for Social Sciences to submit far fewer books in favour of more journal articles. Of a total 200,000 unique items submitted for the RAE in 2008, 165,000 were journal articles.

Availability of journal articles on the internet – 15 June 2014

Out of a sample of 1,463 articles published 2011-2013, 32% were openly accessible at the end of 2013. Bruce White (eResearch Librarian at Massey University, NZ) has published a Library Review article “Total Availability of Journal Articles to Internet Users” The blog post summarises the  main findings “Open Access Journal Articles – How Much Access Do Internet Users Actually Get?

Google Scholar trumps Web of Science – 9 May 2014

A recent article in PLOS ONE (The number of scholarly documents on the public web) estimated that at least 27 million (24%)  of the 100 million or so scholarly articles online are freely available since they do not require a subscription or payment of any kind. Apparently Web of Science only indexed 50 million of these documents.


Collecting UK research in one spot – 13 June 2014

The UK research councils are combining to adopt unified digital platform for capturing research outputs called Researchfish, to capture the outputs of the £4.5bn of research they fund every year across the UK in a consistent way. Researchfish works by connecting researchers together with the funding bodies and the universities that support them. Through the service interfaces, funding bodies can capture the outputs from specific research grants, allowing funders to see the value their funding is achieving both now and well beyond the lifetime of the grant.

The only way is up for OA journals – June 2014

A total of 399,854 articles were published with the CC-BY license by members of OASPA during the period shown above, with 120,972 of those being published in 2013 alone. These numbers only include articles that were published in journals whose entire content is Open Access, so articles that were published in hybrid OA journals are not included. Growth of fully OA journals using a CC-BY license was published by the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association

User beware – Publication Integrity and Ethics

The Publication Integrity and Ethics (P.I.E.) is sending invitation emails to people in academia. If you receive one you might want to read the following before joining: “Strange email of the week”, ‘The Strange Case of “Publication Integrity and Ethics”‘ and “Duplicate Publication, Integrity and Ethics (PIE Part 4)

Academic identity theft – 6 June 2014

This story from Times Higher Education is about someone who has won a legal argument to get his name off the board of a journal he has never heard of. “Lecturer’s name removed from board of ‘predatory’ journal”. This is a serious problem – Deakin University academics are listed on this conference’s editorial board without them having any awareness of it

More licenses for publishers to open research

International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers (STM) have developed some Open Access Licensing templates because “STM believes that publishers should have the tools to offer a wide variety of appropriate licensing terms dependent on their economic model and business strategy. To that end, the Association has produced sample licences for a variety of uses within open access publishing.” These need some in depth analysis.

Plan to link data – 30 April 2014

The Data Conservancy, IEEE, and Portico have announced their partnership to design and prototype a data curation infrastructure that connects published research and associated data sets for the long-term benefit of researchers worldwide. The two-year project is supported by a $602,000 grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, will result in the development of a service that will build, store, update, and retrieve the connections among publications and data, and preserve those connections over the long-term.

Events – past

Ockham’s Razor on Radio National – 15 June 2014

Emeritus Professor Tom Cochrane, the Patron of the AOASG spoke on the topic of “Open Access” in the Ockham’s Razor program on Radio National on 15 June 2014

Open Access Publishing in Asia – 2-3 June 2014

Australia’s Emeritus Fellow Colin Steele flew the Australian flag at the OASPA 1st Asian Conference on Open Access Scholarly Publishing with his talk Open Access in Australia: National and Global Perspectives

Global Research Funders discussing Open Access – 26-28 May 2014

The topics for discussion at the Global Research Council Meeting held in Beijing on May 26-28 2014 included Open Access for Publications and Shaping the Future: Supporting the Next Generation of Researchers. Approximately 60 Heads of Research Councils from around the world participated including Professor Aidan Byrne, the CEO of the Australian Research Council.

How to get published – 15 May 2014

CSIRO’s Executive Manager of Communications & Publishing and Director of CSIRO Publishing, Andrew Stammer, gave a presentation on the publishing process within CSIRO; how journal articles are selected; skills that will assist researchers in the publishing process, and suggestions for pitching book proposals.

Events – upcoming

Webinar – PLOS: open data, ORCIDs and Article Level Metrics – 3 July 2014

This ANDS webinar features Dr Virginia Barbour, Chief Editor of PLOS Medicine, discussing the new PLOS data policy, the introduction of ORCID Identifiers to the people records in the PLOS manuscript submission system, and the development of PLOS article level metrics to measure the impact of research.

A festival of events in October/November – block out your diaries!

  • 20-26 October: Open Access Week (Australia-wide)
  • 27-31 October: eResearch Australasia conference (Melbourne)
  • 5 November (AM): AOASG presents a facilitated discussion on disciplinary aspects of open access (Sydney)
  • 5 November (PM): ANDS event “An afternoon of talks featuring Heather Piwowar, Impact Story” (Sydney)
  • 6-7 November: CAUL Repository Community Days (Sydney)

Reinventing university publishing international symposium 17-19 March 2015

Presented by the Council of University Librarians, this promises to be an exciting event, the call for proposals will go out soon, and those interested in being kept up to date on the event can click here.


Open Access Journal Options Flowchart – 24 June 2014

In case you missed it, this flowchart aimed at researchers making choices about publication has generated a huge response, with the AOASG website’s biggest single day of 803 views.Screen Shot 2014-07-01 at 3.12.56 pm

Location of Academic Knowledge – June 2014

In this graphic Australia is the same level of impact (but larger output) than China. It shows how big US, UK & The Netherlands are in this space. New Zealand is punching well above its weight. And what is going on in Denmark? A small but very dark blue box.

Tweeterati advice

Is Twitter right for every scientist?” – a Q&A with Jeffrey Hiday who directs the Office of Media Relations for RAND Corporation and works with people to help them get comfortable with Twitter. Tips include: “You can’t put everything across in 140 characters. But you certainly can entice folks to click through and read your research in that number of characters”

Published 1 July 2014
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Open access update May 2014

This blog is a short update of events and developments in open access to late May 2014. It includes: Open Access NewsNew open access policies – internationalReports & ResearchAlternative ways to value journals and Events

Open Access News

AOASG a signatory on COAR Statement about embargoes – 29 May 2014

AOASG has become a signatory to the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) ‘Statement about embargo periods’, joining other international associations. The statement says embargo periods are a transitional mechanism to help facilitate a wholesale shift towards Open Access.

Open Access Week 2014 theme is Generation Open

SPARC have announced the theme for Open Access Week 2014 – Generation Open – with a focus on early career researchers and students. This provides considerable potential for activities and events.

Predator-watch 1 – ‘Hijacked’ journals list – 18 May 2014

This is a new predatory scam where someone will create a counterfeit website that pretends to be the website of a legitimate scholarly journal. The website creators then solicit manuscript submissions for the hijacked version of the journal, pocketing the money. In some cases the legitimate versions of the journals are only published in print form and they may not have websites.Jeffrey Beall now has a new list- Hijacked Journals

American Society Of Civil Engineers Issues take down notices – 16 May 2014

There have been over 1200 requests to Google to take down content. This move reflects Elsevier’s requests to take down the publisher’s versions of work at the end of 2013. It has caused considerable discussion including “Publisher targets university researchers for ‘pirating’ their own research

Librarians should be across OA & APC payment options – May 2014

That’s the conclusion of Christine Fruin and Fred Rascoe in their article “Funding open access journal publishing: Article processing charges” in College and Research Library News Vol 75, pp.240-243

Elsevier expenditure – 24 April 2014

Cambridge mathematician Tim Gowers sent out a series of FoI requests to find out what UK libraries are spending on Elsevier. His comprehensive blog on his findings notes “A striking aspect of these amounts is just how much they vary.” This has sparked considerable discussion, not least “The cost of academic publishing”.

Predator-watch 2 – another ‘sting’ – 21 April 2014

Another predatory journal ‘sting’, from a Canadian journalist who wrote a rubbish paper and had it accepted by several open access publishers. His article about it was publishing in Ottawa Citizen “Blinded by scientific gobbledygook

Declaration on open access for LIS authors – March 2014

This Declaration for LIS authors states the “undersigned, pledge to make ALL OF OUR WORK open access by all means possible, including especially placing versions of our work in institutional and disciplinary repositories, publishing in open access journals”. The text is being crowdsourced.

Complying with mandates – March 2014

The final version of the Guide to Tagging Institutional Repository Records Related to ARC/NHMRC Grants  is now available on the CAUL website. This document was prepared by: Paula Callan (QUT), Mark Gregson (QUT), Kerrie Burn (ACU) and Tony McCall (ACU).

Predator-watch 3 – Beware VDM publishing – 23 March 2014

A good read and clear warning for PhD graduates considering publishing with VDM Publishing from Joseph Stromberg: “I Sold My Undergraduate Thesis to a Print Content Farm” in Slate: Future Tense

New open access policies – international

Chinese Academy of Sciences Open Access Policy – 16 May 2014

The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) open access policy will require its researchers and graduate students to deposit final, peer-reviewed manuscripts of research articles into the open access repositories of their respective institutes within 12 months of their official publication in academic journals.

Mexico national legislation on open access and repositories – 8 April 2014

Mexico is the third country in the region which now has national legislation related to the issue of open access. This legislation is intended to place Mexico into an ‘information society’. The Act provides for the establishment and operation of the National Repository of Science, Technology and Innovation Information.

Reports & Research

Open-Access Repositories Worldwide, 2005–2012 – 2 May 2014

This study Open-Access Repositories Worldwide, 2005–2012: Past Growth, Current Characteristics, and Future Possibilities by Stephen Pinfield et al reviews the worldwide growth of open access finding they typically use open-source OAI-compliant software but have immature licensing arrangements. Major factors affecting both the initial development of repositories and their take-up include IT infrastructure, cultural factors, policy initiatives, awareness-raising activity, and usage mandates.

British Academy study on OA journals in HASS – April 2014

The report Open Access Journals in Humanities and Social Science is a British Academy Research Project by Rebecca Darley, Daniel Reynolds and Chris Wickham

UKSG special issue on OA monographs – April 2014

This OA monograph supplement to the UKSG journal Insights (Vol 27, Supplement 1) is fully open access

Aligning repositories – March 2014

The report from the COAR Aligning Repository Networks Meeting in March 2014 is now available – “Towards a Seamless Global Research Infrastructure

Analysis of deposit rules of 100 largest journals

The study found 80.4% allow deposit of author’s manuscript or publisher’s pdf within 12 months of publication. Mikael Laakso’s Green open access policies of scholarly journal publishers: a study of what, when, and where self-archiving is allowed” also found that publishers are substantially more permissive with allowing accepted manuscripts on personal webpages (78.1% of articles) or in institutional repositories (79.9%) compared to subject repositories (32.8%).

Alternative ways to value journals

Journal Openness Index

In Librarian, Heal Thyself: A Scholarly Communication Analysis of LIS Journals, Micah Vandegrift and Chealsye Bowley propose a new metric to rank journals, the J.O.I. Factor (Journal Openness Index) which grades journals based on how “open” they are, as opposed to citation impact or h-index.


For biomedical researchers a new beta release JournalGuide provides a matching service for authors to help them identify the right journal for their article. Information on a journal’s scope, speed of rejection or approval, publication speed and cost plus the open access policy.

Quality Open Access Market

A European initiative Quality Open Access Market aims to provide ‘Journal Score Cards’ ranking quality of service against price and also lists the publication fees of journals. The score is out of five and attained by author’s input ranking on: Editorial info, Peer review, Process and Governance.

Open Review

This new service from ResearchGate offers a way of researchers reviewing a published paper.


Stop blaming open access: what’s wrong with scholarly communication and why it’s not the fault of open access, Dr Danny Kingsley, Executive Officer, Australian Open Access Support Group
6.00 – 7.30pm Thursday 12 June Ainslie Football Club, 52 Wakefield Ave, Ainslie ACT. Presented by Canberra Skeptics

Recent Developments in Open Access and Scholarly Communication: The case of History in Britain. Professor Miles Taylor  – Institute of Historical Research, University of London.
12.30 – 1.30pm Wednesday 18th June McDonald Room, Menzies Library, Australian National University

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