There are many new initiatives in open scholarship. Here, we’ve provided a list of some of the most important ones.
In the new knowledge economy, skills, knowledge and new ideas are a country’s most valuable resource. Keeping ahead of this economic transformation requires a new approach to knowledge discovery and dissemination that combines strong policies with core infrastructure and cultural change. A new model, F.A.I.R., is being adopted worldwide to make research output data Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable.
A policy statement on F.A.I.R. access to Australia’s research outputs was released in February, 2017. It affirms the need to make Australia’s publicly funded research outputs F.A.I.R., recognising this will require different approaches across different types of research output, a long-term national commitment, and consideration of the global change agenda.
With F.A.I.R. access, Australian research will be more visible, the broader community will have better access to well-founded knowledge, Australian researchers will be able to more easily collaborate locally and globally, including with industry, and the Australian research enterprise will be more accountable to the community it serves
SCOAP3 is the Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics) , which has converted key High-Energy Physics journals to Open Access at no cost for authors. SCOAP3 centrally pays publishers which in turn reduce subscription fees to all their customers. These funds are pooled in a SCOAP3 common fund: each country participates in a way commensurate to its scientific output.
SevenAustralian Universities are currently members of SCOAP3 : ANU, Griffith University, Macquarie University, University of Melbourne, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), UNSW and University of Western Australia. Up to date info on SCOAP3 is here.
Knowledge Unlatched is committed to changing the current system for publishing scholarly books They are working together with libraries to create a sustainable route to Open Access for scholarly books. Many libraries from Australian and New Zealand participated in the pilot. Their second round of books just became available
The OLH publishing platform supports academic journals from across the humanities disciplines, as well as hosting its own multidisciplinary journal. The organisation is looking for more partner – see the Open Library of the Humanities – prospectus for Australia and New Zealand
For information on how you can participate in any of these initiatives, or if there is another you think we shoud add please contact us
And… if you are interested in how scholarly communication is innovating and evolving dramatically, take a look at 101 (actually now closer to 500!) Innovations in Scholarly Publishing
Page updated July 31, 2017