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Once again, the past month has seen many new announcements and analyses of OA policies across the world. Highlighted here are ones of relevance to OA in Australia as well as some other goings on in academic publishing.

Open Access is growing...



Heather Morrison at the University of Ottawa's École des sciences de l'information provides a quarterly update (Dramatic Growth of Open Access)  of how Open Access is growing globally. In the first quarter of 2015 she reports that OpenDOAR added 129 repositories - they now stand at just over 2,800. The Bielefeld Academic Search Engine (of Open Access resources) added close to 3 million documents to a total of over 70 million documents..
The Directory of Open Access Journals, added 254 titles jan-March 2015 (despite a lot of work being done to curate the directory) ie slightly under 3 titles per day – to a total now of over 10, 000 journals.

Australian Funder Updates

The Australian Research Council Open Access policy has been updated to specify that publication metadata should include the ARC Project ID and list the ARC as the funding source, as well as other relevant information. Any future Funding Rules and Funding Agreements will include this requirement.

The NHMRC has issued a data sharing statement which "acknowledges the importance of making data publicly accessible ... and which encourages data sharing and providing access to data and other research outputs (metadata, analysis code, study protocols, study materials and other collected data) arising from NHMRC supported research."

Other Funder Updates


The Research Councils UK have published an independent report on the first 16 months of the implementation of their - primarily Gold, ie APC funded - OA policy. A blog on the AOASG website notes that "UK16.9 million was spent from the UK Open Access fund in 2013/14. Studying slightly over half of the institutions funded through the Fund (55 of 107), the report identifies that implementation of the policy occurred without a streamlined cost-effective monitoring or data collection process. Parallel systems for gold and green access appear to have caused complexities and confusion."
Elsevier and Wiley are by far the largest recipients of APCs (each receiving about £2 million in article processing charges from the 55 institutions studied). Only two fully open access publishers, PLOS and BMC, were in the top 10 of publishers receiving APCs.

JISC has published a set of ‘Principles for Offset Agreements’ which institutions and  journal publishers should consider when introducing offsetting systems to reduce the total cost of publishing for institutions. As Neil Jacobs of JISC notes, it sets out the five principles "which UK Higher Education Institutions expect will drive the design of effective offset systems, along with a clear rationale for each, explaining how they will support a managed transition to fully gold open access in the spirit set out in the Finch Report."

Neil Jacobs also has provided an update of the JISC publications router - a service to pass metadata and/or full text papers from journals (and other sources) to institutional systems such as repositories, with the aim to do this within three months of acceptance, in order to help UK universities comply with the REF (Research Excellence Framework) OA policy.

Meanwhile, Professor David Price,Vice-Provost (Research) and Sarah Chaytor, Head of Public Policy in the Office of theVice-Provost (Research) at UCL in London have written an occasional paper for HEPI, (UK Higher Education Policy Institute) on whether a country license is a reasonable proposal. 


Responses to the US White House's 2013 directive on public access continue apace. One of the latest was the from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Key parts of this include that funded articles will need to be deposited into an  internal repository with an embargo period of no more than 12 months after publication. There is no mention of reuse rights. The plan does include detailed information on the relation between data and publications. SPARC has an analysis on its website.
In addition, there is a chart derived from a crowd-sourced open Google Spreadsheet of all these policies, hosted on Figshare.

Other Australian policies

ORCiD gains more traction in Australasia

A key building block for Open Access and other changes in scholarly publishing is a unique author identifier. Though publishers, funders etc have been producing their own identifiers for some time time, there is now a identifier, ORCiD (Open Researcher and Contributor ID), that can span all of the various groups that need to identify academics. The Australian National Data Service (ANDS)  Universities Australia (UA), the Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) and the Australasian Research Management Society (ARMS) have now endorsed a  ‘Joint Statement of Principle: ORCID - Connecting Researchers and Research' which proposes that Australia's research sector broadly embrace the use of ORCID  as a common researcher identifier.

Other OA updates

SPARC Europe has two useful tools to keep up to date with changes in Open Access. The first is their Open Access diary for Europe, where things are changing very fast. 

The second is their Open Access Citation Advantage Service, which was taken over from OpCit and brought up to date. The current state of play is below - taken from the SPARC site.

And in the rest of scholarly publishing...

In the UK, the Royal Society is having a series of meetings on the Future of Scholarly Communication on the occasion of the 350th anniversary of its (indeed the world's) first scientific journal. The Royal Society launched its first Open Access journal in 2014.

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This news letter is compiled by Virginia Barbour, Executive Officer for the AOASG.

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