Tuesday 9th April
The promising future of Preprints
9am WA – 11am AEST – 1pm NZ
Preprint servers provide some of the greatest Open Access success stories over the past 20 years. They’ve emerged as a valuable tools for researchers in all areas of scholarly writing, especially in fast moving areas of endeavour. Preprints accelerate research communication and thereby academic discoveries. Preprints are a saviour to those in the Global South and other parts of the world where resources are limited. Our guest presenter Benjamin Schwessinger is a biologist and at ARC Future Fellow at ANU. His team is focusing on studying plant pathogenic fungi threatening Australia’s agriculture and iconic fauna. He’s an advocate for open and reproducible academic practices including the wide usage of Preprints. He has deposited more than ten preprints which have now all have been published in classic peer-reviewed journals. Benjamin will provide an overview of the role of preprints in scholarly communication and the many benefits they deliver.
Friday 18th January
5 years strong – AOASG Achievements and future plans
Chair of the AOASG Executive Committee Martin Borchert was our guest presenter in our first webinar of the year. He took us through a comprehensive wrap up of the Group’s 2018 activities including our successful expansion from 11 members to 18. The second part focused on priorities and challenges for open access advocacy in the next 12 months which prompted thoughtful questions and useful discussion.