September 18th, 2014


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Australian OA news

Australian "in the middle" of Open Access publication numbers

Have a look at this heatmap visualisation of open Access publications by country. It uses data from Open Access Journals per country as listed by the DOAJ which has Australia with 117 OA journals.


International OA news

International Council of Science strong position on Open Access

Auckland, 2 September – In a strong show of support for open access to the scientific record, the Assembly, which unites representatives of 120 national scientific academies and 31 international scientific unions, today voted for the statement which stakes out 5 key goals for open access, and offers 12 recommendations that pave the road for attaining them. 

Swedish national guidelines for open access to research findings

Based on the work carried out by the European Union (EU) and the Commission's recommendations to Member States, the Swedish Government has commissioned the Swedish Research Council to develop national guidelines for open access to research findings (Open Access). The Swedish Research Council will collaborate with the National Library of Sweden and other relevant partners accordingly. 

Frontiers is major winner at ALPSP innovation awards 

Open science platform Frontiers has won the gold award at the Assocation for Learned & Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP) Awards for Innovation in Publishing, at the ALPSP 2014 international conference in Heathrow.

Charity alliance launches fund to make charitably funded research open access

An alliance of leading UK medical research charities is today launching a new fund to help make charitably funded research freely available as soon as it is published.
Arthritis Research UK, Breast Cancer Campaign, the British Heart Foundation (BHF), Cancer Research UK, Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, and the Wellcome Trust have joined together to create the Charity Open Access Fund (COAF).


The CERN Workshop on Innovations in Scholarly Communication (OAI9) will be held at the  University of Geneva June 17th-19th 2015. Keep up to date via their website


Reports & Research

Most conservation research not available to conservationists

A new paper, discussed in Conservation, examines just how much conservation research is actually available to the public. The picture isn’t particularly pretty. 


Publisher & Publishing OA news

Open-access journal revenue to triple by 2017

A new report report from media and publishing intelligence firm Simba Information indicates that a global campaign to increase open access to scientific research has created a fast-growing revenue stream for scientific, technical and medical journal publishers.

Max Planck authors can now publish for free in PeerJ

PeerJ is pleased to announce that the Max Planck Society has signed a publishing plan deal with the award winning open access publisher PeerJ, which entitles any Max Planck author to publish their research in PeerJ at no cost to themselves.

With this announcement, thousands of authors in over 80 Max Planck institutes now have the ability to publish their peer-reviewed articles in PeerJ without needing to pay a fee. This publishing plan enables Max Planck to automatically purchase 'Enhanced Plans' for accepted authors, meaning that those individuals will benefit from the lifetime ability to publish with PeerJ freely thereafter (at the level of 2 articles per year). 


Policy Design and Implementation Monitoring for Open Access

Those Open Access policies that work are the ones that have teeth. Both institutional and funder policies work better when tied to reporting requirements.  



Blog Posts, Articles & Opinions

Achieving True Open Access Ain’t Easy 

Open Access has become an ambiguous term, you cannot trust the label to mean what you think it does... In "The parachute"

Giving up copyright is just folly

Open Access definitions vary but authors must be reminded that giving up copyright is just folly. LSE blog post

What is a publisher now? Phil Hurst, The Royal Society

In the week of the ALPSP Conference in London our latest What is a publisher now? Interview with Phil Hurst, Publisher at The Royal Society.  In recent years The Royal Society, which is the world’s oldest scientific publisher has made multiple innovations in the way it publishes and distributes scientific content and Phil has been at the heart of that process

Ideas and tips you need to pull off a great Open Access Week

To support you all in taking part in the week on Friday September 19th, at 6PM GMT+1 join us for an hour of ideas, tips and questions for running a great Open Access Week event. 

Big publishers business model is to transform (our) knowledge and free labour into (their) money

Limiting access to literature means limiting the rate at which we produce new knowledge, and publishers should be held accountable for that. Open Access button blog post

Twitter news

722 followers and growing! See what the fuss is about - @openaccess_oz


OAWk Webinars now open for registration 

Join us for our four free webinars during Open Access Week 2014. All the details are at the top of this newsletter or on our webinars page.

Our Nov 5th Forum on Open Access will be open for registration soon. Free for staff and students from AOASG member institutions.

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