December 11th, 2014

Happy Holidays


The AOASG would like to wish everyone a happy and joy filled holiday season.

This will be the last newsletter for 2014 as the office will be closed between December 20th and January 5th. Newsletters will restart in early 2015,continuing to bring your Open Access information from around the globe.


Australian OA news


AOASG deputy chair speaks at ARL Fall Forum 2014, which Explores Future of Scholarly Monograph

Roxanne Missingham university librarian at the Australian National University (ANU),  participated via Skype, and spoke about the development of the Australian National University Press, which produces all of its materials as open access in order to increase their impact.

International OA news

State of the Commons

The Creative Commons has released State of the Commons
Here's an excerpt: "We're also celebrating the success of open policy worldwide. Fourteen countries have now adopted national open education policies, and open textbooks have saved students more than 100 million dollars. These are big moves making big impacts."


New LIBLICENSE Model License Agreement

The Center for Research Libraries (CRL)—in collaboration with several partners, including ARL—has released the major upgrade of an important tool for library investment in electronic resources: a revised LIBLICENSE Model License Agreement. The new model license incorporates the best practices of the library profession and the best advice of legal and publishing advice of legal and publishing professionals.


3 OA policies updated: emphazising Gold OA: WHO, CERN and the Norwegian Research Council

So far most OA-policies and mandates have a preference for green OA, although many allow payment for APC´s via grants or dedicated OA-publication funds. Three well-known organizations have recently updated their OA-policies and mandates and now emphasize and/or facilitate Gold OA for slightly different reasons.

Thousands of Einstein Papers Made Available in Digitized Archive

Princeton University has created and released an open-access collection of thousands of documents by theoretical physicist and philosopher of Science Albert Einstein.

43.000th Open Access publication in the TU Delft Repository

The 43,000th upload came from Dr. Ir. Coen de Visser of the faculty of Aerospace Engineering, and regarded the article ‘An optimal control framework for estimating autopilot safety margins’.


Reports, Research Articles, Presentations & Resources

Quantifying the Costs of Open Access in the UK

 Report  examines what it costs UK institutions to comply with the open access (OA) requirements laid out by various UK research funders. Key points are:

  • £9.2m cost to UK research organizations of achieving compliance with RCUK Open Access Policy in 2013/14
  • The time devoted to OA compliance is equivalent to 110 full-time staff members across the UK
  • The burden of compliance falls disproportionally on smaller institutions, who receive minimal grant funding
  • The cost of meeting the deposit requirements for a post-2014 REF is estimated at £4-5m
  • Gold OA takes 2 hours per article, at a cost of £81
  • Green OA takes just over 45 minutes, at a cost of £33
  • There is significant scope to realize efficiency savings in open access processes


Cites & Insites

Volume 15, Number 1: January 2015 is now out - with a great article looking at The New DOAJ Requirements

JournalClick Launches Library Services for the Open Access World

Finding relevant research articles just got easier with the launch of a purpose built library service from leading open access research hub, JournalClick. The brand new function has been engineered specifically to cater for the needs of both librarians and library users, addressing commonly encountered issues faced by both parties.

Publisher & Publishing OA news

Journal retracts paper when authors refuse to pay page charges

Taylor & Francis has withdrawn a paper published online after a disagreement with the authors about page charges. 

Nature makes all articles free to view

All research papers from Nature will be made free to read in a proprietary screen-view format that can be annotated but not copied, printed or downloaded, the journal’s publisher Macmillan announced on 2 December. 

Blog Posts, News articles & Opinions

Is Nature’s “free to view” a magnanimous gesture or a cynical ploy? 

...It’s actually kind of brilliant on Nature‘s part. They are giving up absolutely nothing. Readers of news stories about Nature articles were never going to pay to access the actual articles (like other publisher Nature has tried a pay-per-view system that has completely failed). And individuals and institutions that subscribe to Nature aren’t going to give up the convenience of being able to read articles on demand for the challenge of finding a link on Twitter (unless someone were to set up a database of these links…. hmmm….).

Pay it forward approach to Open Access publishing

This interview with Neil Christensen explains how the University of California Press will launch a new OA service with a business model that pays part of the APC to the reviewers and editors – they can use it offset future APC costs, or put it into a waiver fund to support non funded researchers or just cash out the money.

Paperity Hopes to Create a Comprehensive Index of Open Literature 

Paperity includes over 160,000 articles from 2,000 scholarly journals, and growing. The goal of the team is to cover 100% of Open Access literature in 3 years from now. 

Contrary to what you read in Nature, Open Access has not caused the growth in science publishing 

There is clearly a rise in the total number of papers published. And open access has been capturing an increasing fraction of this growing market. But it is simply false to assert that open access has been driving this increase in scientific output. 

Is Nature’s “free to view” program a step back for open access?

News articles about scientific research often have misleading headlines meant to grab readers. Nature did not make it’s articles free to view. Users without a subscription still cannot view articles, unless they have a friend with a subscription who can now share a read-only version of the article. 

Twitter news

We now have more than 800 followers! See what the fuss is about - @openaccess_oz


What would you like AOASG to focus on in 2015?? 

AOASG will hold it's annual strategic planning day in January. If you have any suggestions about specific areas we should focus on, events we should run, or resources you would like us to create or any feedback in general please email it to:


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