Webinar #3 Building a Sustainable Scholar-Led Model for Open Access Without Publication Fees
Tuesday 12th June
The Open Library of Humanities, is a UK-based charitable organisation dedicated to publishing open access scholarship with no author-facing article processing charges (APCs). Its aim is to make scholarly publishing fairer, more accessible and preserved for the future. It is currently supported by 230 or so academic libraries from around the world, including Cambridge, Harvard, Princeton, and Carnegie Mellon. Regional supporters include University of Sydney, University of the Sunshine Coast, and Auckland University of Technology.
Our presenter is an author, editor and the marketing officer at Open Library of Humanities Dr James Smith. A Perth native, Dr Smith received his doctorate in History from the University of WA. Now an Ireland-based researcher and author at Trinity College Dublin, his first academic book is Water in Medieval Intellectual Culture: Case-Studies from Twelfth-Century Monasticism (Brepols, 2018). He has edited The Passenger: Medieval Texts and Transits (Punctum Books, 2017), and co-edited a themed volume of the Open Library of the Humanities on New Approaches to Medieval Water Studies.
You can follow him on Twitter here.
Webinar #2 Wikis, open access & academic publishing
Tuesday 17th April
Our presenters and Wikipedia editors, researcher Thomas Shafee, academic librarian Kate Harbison and the State Library of Queensland’s Jacinta Sutton discuss how Wikipedia & Open Access go hand in hand.
Wikipedia and its sister-projects comprise one of the world’s largest open-access initiatives. Greater involvement by experts, researchers and academics is being encouraged by a variety of Wikipedia-integrated academic publishing models.
Dual-publication of peer-reviewed articles (particularly review articles) creates:
1) a stable, citable, version of record, as well as,
2) a living version integrated into Wikipedia that can be constantly updated. Examples include PLOS, Gene & RNA Biol.
Hear how journals can be built entirely on free to access MediaWiki architecture which is open, designed for collaborative writing, and which allows for OA publishing to be achieved with no article processing fees.
Bridging the Academic-Wikipedia divide improves the scientific accuracy of the encyclopedia, and rewards academics with free, impactful, citable, publications that achieve far greater public reach than they can normally access.
Webinar #1 All the flavours of FAIR, fair & F.A.I.R
Tuesday 6th March
Presented by: AOASG’s Ginny Barbour, Keith Russell, Australian National Data Service (ANDS) and Alex Holcombe, Associate Editor of Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science, Professor University of Sydney
The word fair can mean many different things to many different people, but it’s generally a description of activities or processes which are just, equitable and reasonable. Within scholarship it’s been used as an acronym FAIR (Freedom of Access to Information and Resources) for the ongoing campaign for an open democratic society where everyone can access information. In 2015, fairness was found in another acronym in the F.A.I.R. Data principles (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable). Created to support knowledge discovery and innovation and to promote sharing and reuse of data, these principles informed the development of the F.A.I.R. Access policy statement in 2016 for all Australian publicly funded research outputs.
The concept of fairness has implications for how journals should be run. “Fair Open Access” has been a rallying cry for researchers seeking to achieve fair, low-cost journal open access. In 2017 a group of researchers and librarians formalized Fair Open Access principles for journals and the Fair Open Access Alliance (fairopenaccess.org).
Scott Abbott sent this link for the Economic, social and ethical argument for OA
Anne Stevenson sent this link suggesting there may be more analysis in Heather Piwowar’s latest article.