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June/July 2017: what's in this month's newsletter

What's new in OA & scholarly publishing in AU & NZ
What's new in OA & scholarly publishing globally
Upcoming events in OA & scholarly publishing
OA week update
Recent writing & resources on OA

Our monthly 2017 webinar series continues to be lively and well attended. This month Mandy Henk, (Public Lead, Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand) and Nerida Quatermass (Project Manager, Creative Commons Australia at QUT) led a discussion encouraging participants to think about the issues of copyright in scholarly publishing at a whole-system level. You can listen to the recording and see the slides here.

We are excited about next month's webinar, which will provide an insider's view of a new university Open Access publishing initiative. Luqman Hayes from Auckland University of Technology's OA publishing platform Tuwhera will be presenting webinar #5. 

The AOASG blog has posts from the webinars' presenters, as well as other relevant OA topics. In June,  Mark Wilson & Alex Holcombe wrote on Fair Open Access Principles for journals.

OA moves quickly! For regular news updates, our Twitter account  has posts throughout each day.

Contributions to the newsletter or the blog, especially notice of upcoming events, are welcome. Contact 

What's new in OA & scholarly publishing in AU & NZ

The ARC has updated its OA policy.
From the FAQ on the website:
The revised policy remains substantively the same as the previous version of the policy. The requirement that any research output arising from ARC funded research must be made openly accessible within a twelve (12) month period from the publication date has not changed. The new policy removes ambiguities in application including:
  • The addition of a definitions section
  • The specification to make research ARC-funded research outputs openly accessible in an institutional repository has been removed, and replaced with the requirement that these outputs must be made openly accessible [either in an Institutional Repository or somewhere other than an Institutional Repository, for example, through a publisher’s website, if the Published version of the article is Open Access]. Only the metadata for research outputs must be made available to the public in an institutional repository
  • The scope has been clarified to apply to all outputs, rather than just publications (journal articles and scholarly monographs as is currently the case) arising from ARC-funded research and its metadata
  • Greater guidance around the metadata requirements for ARC-funded research outputs
  • Specifying the need for appropriate licensing of research outputs in order to provide guidance on allowable access and reuse
  • Significantly clarifying the roles and responsibilities in relation to the ARC’s open access requirements.
Access the revised ARC OA policy here

NZ Copyright law review underway
New Zealand's Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister has released the terms of reference for a review of the Copyright Act 1994. They provide an outline of the objectives, context and process for the review and will be further refined with industry feedback on an issues paper. Join a mailing list for interested parties by emailing:

NZ Government $$$$ boost for open data
New Zealanders will get access to more ‘open data’, with $7.2 million earmarked for the next three years.

Campaign to bring Copyright laws up to date 
The #FairCopyRightOz campaign has been launched and is calling for the introduction of Fair Use in Australia.

Good news for copyright law reform
The Copyright Amendment (Disability Access and Other Measures) Act 2017 was passed in the Australian Federal Parliament this month, making a number of amendments to the Copyright Act relating to:
  • a fair dealing exception for persons with a disability and anyone /organisations assisting persons with a disability;
  • preservation copying for libraries, archives and key cultural institutions modernised;
  • copyright materials in exams extended to online exams;
  • simplified statutory licensing for educational institutions; and
  • harmonisation of copyright duration including - published and unpublished materials.
Provisions begin to come into effect in December. Read more.

Monday, 31 July will be the two-year anniversary of the Cooking for Copyright campaign which led to important copyright reforms.

#cooking for copyright

What's new in OA & scholarly publishing globally

General news

New advice on OA policies for funders
The Open Research Funders Group (ORFG),  a partnership of highly-visible organizations committed to the open sharing of research outputs, released the HowOpenIsIt? Guide to Research Funder Policies to help funders develop their own open policies. 

OA grows and grows
Heather Morrison updated her regular series on the Dramatic Growth of Open Access  with data for June 30, 2017
As she says: "I wish I had the time to applaud and celebrate the growth of each and every OA service, but with 5,000 services contributing to BASE (and others that don't), if I worked on this 365 days a year I would have to cover 14 initiatives every day. So please feel free to help out by applauding and celebrating the services most relevant to you - the journals in your discipline, your institutional repository, the services you find most helpful to search."
Please send us any specifically relevant to this region!

UK Open Access Spend 2015-2016
The Wellcome Trust published their analysis of the spending by organisations that received a grant from the Charity Open Access Fund (COAF) between October 2015 and September 2016.

From the report:

  •  full compliance with the COAF policy – articles freely accessible through Europe PMC and made available under a CC-BY licence – has risen to 91% - up from last year’s 74%, 
  •  cost of OA publishing continues to rise. While hybrid journals remain more expensive than fully OA journals, the increasing popularity of several high-cost fully OA journals from traditional subscription publishers is contributing to the growing cost.
  • In 2015-16 there was a 21% increase from the previous year in the number of articles for which an APC was paid, with the total rising to 3,552 articles. In parallel with this, total COAF spending also rose, by 32% to £6.6 million. The average APC was £2,044 and the median was £1,944 – rises of 6.7% and 6% respectively.
 The dataset is here

SCOAP³ OA agreement signed for  APS journals
CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear research, and the American Physical Society have signed an OA agreement for all articles on high energy physics in the three leading APS journals Physical Review C, Physical Review D and Physical Review Letters to be published Gold Open Access

KU to make move into STEM 
From next year, Knowledge Unlatched will accept book and journal submissions in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Read more.

Ghana research Council adopts OA policy
Ghana’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, the body mandated by the government to carry out scientific and technological research for national development has adopted its first OA policy. Read more.

Plan to make 10,000 OA synthetic genes free for researchers
The agreement between Twist Bioscience and BioBricks Foundation to make 10,000 synthetic genes available at no cost to researchers. The foundation will moderate an open online forum allowing researchers to suggest which genes should be built. 
OpenAIRE input statement at European Open Science Cloud Summit
Call for action on five key points.  Read more.

Vote for extra copyright for linking and snippets in EU Parliament
The Committee for Culture and Education (CULT) and the Committee for Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) voted for extra copyright for news publishers by creating charges for the use of snippets and links. The ITRE committee also  voted to extend the extra copyright to academic publications, which according to Julia Reda, MEP, would stop people from freely linking to academic content despite the content itself being free.

Berlin Universities poised to cancel Elsevier contracts
German research institutions are putting increasing pressure on the publisher to reach an acceptable national deal.
New OpenCitations Corpus project
It is expected that by the end of this enhancement project it will have harvested around 190 million citation links.

New OA platform in India
India's first open access platform for academic authors to publish their works and make them available in over 100 countries has just been launched., is being dubbed as a launch pad for scholars, universities, researchers and research groups to publish their work and reach wider audiences.
Diego Gomez acquitted after sharing papers
Right to Research Coalition claims victory after a former Masters student, Diego Gomez, who was facing jail for posting an academic paper online, was acquitted. However, there may be an appeal so continued action is needed.

Swedes coordinate OA
Knowledge in Collaboration – Political Support for Open Access in Sweden.  Read more.

July 12 was the day of action for net neutrality

This day is an important reminder of what the effect would be of US Federal Communications Commission plans to reverse Title II, a set of legal frameworks for how internet service providers exert control over how consumers access the internet.


Nobel Prize winner promotes preprints
At the 67th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, 2008 Nobel Prize for Chemistry winner, Professor Martin Chalfie spoke out about the assessment of research articles based on where they are published, indicating preprints like ASAPbio were a solution to publishing bias. Read more.  

New preprints app
Papr - the new 'Tinder for preprints' app?  Read more.

And for post-publication commenting: PubPeer 2.0 launches  
A new version of post-publication peer review site has been launched. Read more.


EC publishes Horizon 2020 evaluation 
Report shows the EU's research and innovation programme is on track, but underfunded. 

Jisc report: Open by default?
This report looks at opportunities that working in the open creates, summarises support from Jisc in this area, and suggests three big ideas for what could be done in the future.

State of Government Open Data
Open Knowledge International’s first State of Open Government Data report. Based on key findings from the Global Open Data Index 2016/17. 

European Universities report on OA
EUA releases a series of aims and recommendations on open access, with the purpose of further assisting European universities and National Rectors’ Conferences in the transition towards a more open scholarly communication system.


The OR2017 Conference was held in Brisbane from 26-30 June.
There were more than 300 participants from around the globe. The conference presentations included presentations and discussions on a wide range of technical, policy and infrastructural topics with  a major theme emerging of interoperability of all kinds. There was a lively twitter stream. Next year's conference will be in Bozeman, Montana, USA

COAR released results of a survey of OA activities in Asia in 2017

Myanmar Unis setting up OA Repositories 
EIFL is assisting the University of Mandalay and University of Yangon in Myanmar to set up OA institutional repositories

and finally, the journal all OA advocates need is launching in October:

New OA superhero science journal
The Superhero Science and Technology Journal is calling for papers describing new research with a comic book application for its first issue, to be published in October on the TU Delft platform. The official launch of the journal took place at the 1st symposium on superhero science Secrets of Superhero Science, which is part of the International Festival of Technology

Upcoming events in OA & scholarly publishing

Meetings and other events

Jean-Claude Guédon will be giving a public talk on the 30th August in Canberra: Promoting Knowledge in the Age of Unreason: Toward the Internet of the Mind. His important essay on this topic was published on the 15th anniversary of the Budapest Open Access Declaration


Open science and Scholarship Workshop:Changing Tour Research Workflow

Registrations are now open for the 9th Conference on Open Access Scholarly Publishing (COASP) in Lisbon, Portugal, on 20-21 September, 2017.

FORCE11 Scholarly Communication Institute (FSCI) - a week long training program - will be held from July 31-Aug 4, 2017 in La Jolla, California 

 11th eResearch Australasia Conference
Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, 16 – 20 October 2017.


The FORCE2017 Research Communication and e-¬Scholarship Conference
will be in Berlin 25-27 October 2017

The Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) and the ZBW - Leibniz Information Centre for Economics, are pleased have announced the next COAR Annual Meeting will be held on
Tuesday 15 -17th May 2018 in Hamburg, Germany

13th annual Open Repositories conference
June 4-7th, 2018 in Bozeman, Montana, USA


OA week 2017

This year the Open Access movement will celebrate the 10th International Open Access Week 23-29 October 2017. The theme is "Open in order to..."
Read the blog here 

Recent writing & resources on OA 


Books and scholarly writing

Collaboration in scholarly communication: Opportunities to normalize open access
Allyson Rodriguez - College & Research Libraries News

Blogs we're reading

The strange world of academic publishing
Julia Kaplick:  Ecology Ngātahi 

Never pay for primary research.
Anton Angelo

Detours and Diversions — Do Open Access Publishers Face New Barriers?
Kent Anderson:  The Scholarly Kitchen

Why I don't send papers to journals: A case study
Jordon Anaya: Medium

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