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September 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

The big news in the past month is the Australian Federal Government's support for the recommendation for a national and states' Open Access policy (see details below).  We also have enjoyed two recent webinars on contrasting perspectives: In August Luqman Hayes  from AUT's OA publishing platform Tuwhera  gave us a really thoughtful presentation about how indigenous perspectives helped create such a successful venture. In September Amanda Lawrence, from Analysis and Policy Observatory (APO) spoke on the access to work beyond traditional academic works - the "grey" literature and beyond. All the webinar talks and presentations are on our site.

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

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

Australian Govt supports recommendation for National OA Policy
The Australian Federal Government’s response to the Productivity Commission report on IP has been released and it supports the recommendation for a national (and states and territories) OA policy. This is obviously great news; the next steps will be to ensure that there is appropriate infrastructure support for policies. See full report at this link, and confirmation of support below. 

The recommendation is consistent with current Australian Government policy and emerging international best practice in Europe, the United Kingdom, the United States as well as international organisations such as the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Promoting open access to science and research publications and collaborative use of research outputs by researchers and industry is an important element of the Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA). The Australian Research Council (ARC) and National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) already require publications arising from government funded grants to be made available in a publicly accessible repository within twelve months of publication. Further implementation arrangements are being developed in consultation with universities and publicly funded research agencies (PFRAs). As part of these arrangements, the Government plans to require all PFRAs to put in place transparent policies that are consistent with this approach, with the flexibility to allow exemptions in specific circumstances, tailored to the needs of individual agencies. The Australian Government also calls on state and territory governments to implement transparent open access policies that are consistent with this policy for publications arising out of the research they fund.

Qld Gov releases Open Data policy statement
The keystone of the policy is a commitment to the principles in the International Open Data Charter for Queensland government data:
  1. Open by default
  2. Timely and comprehensive
  3. Accessible and useable
  4. Comparable and interoperable
  5. For improved governance and citizen engagement
  6. For inclusive development and innovation.
Cooking for Copyright
We took part in the #cookingforcopyright campaign at QUT in Brisbane, and which was also celebrated around Australia.

The campaign seeks to raise awareness of Australia's muddled copyright law and supports lobbying for immediate reform. The enthusiastic cooks baked goodies using recipes which under existing laws were protected by copyright forever, which means they cannot be enjoyed by others. 

Creative Commons New Zealand September newsletter
Lots of information on what's going on there.

What's new in OA & scholarly publishing globally

General news

FASTR call for federal OA law in US    
Under FASTR, every federal agency that spends more than $100 million on grants for research would be required to adopt an OA policy giving the public access to all research after an embargo period.

Knowledge Unlatched Launches KU Open Services

The Open Services aim to help "publishers, librarians, and authors achieve greater impact for their OA titles, through efficient and effective management of the discoverability process and total transparency"

Oxford revises APC funding 

Limited funding forces prioritisation of APCs for fully OA journals at University of Oxford.

APCs in Sweden
Sweden released its APC data from 2008 to 2017

OpenAIRE released a position paper on Open Research Europe
This is in response to the recently announced European Commission plans to create “Open Research Europe.

How to negotiate for OA
LIBER releases its five principles for negotiations with publishers

Elsevier approaches Finnish academic institutions and individual researchers
Elsevier has been approaching individual Finnish researchers and academic organizations "stating their perspective on the ongoing, difficult negotiations between [the national body] FinELib" This website is organising a boycott in response.

Jisc Reports on its offsetting agreements
This is for 2016, year 2 of the agreements

SPARC Europe pulls together collaboration to halt potentially harmful copyright reform
Harmful provisions found in the current draft of the EU Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market, and certain amendments, which could threaten Open Access and Open Science. An open letter and background in response is here.

Taiwan opens access to 70,000 imagesDetail from a work by Fan Kuan (11th century). Courtesy the Taiwan National Palace Museum.
The growing virtual museum is part of the institution's Open Data photo-sharing initiative.

Ethopia workshops  OA 
Key stakeholders meet in Ethopia to explore collaboration towards a sustainable OA platform.

Brazil Adopts Open Licensing in National Textbook Program

From the SPARC blog: "Brazil’s Programa Nacional do Livro Didático (PNLD) is one of the largest national textbook programs in the world. Each year, the program purchases curricula for a set of primary or secondary school subjects, including textbooks and digital supplemental resources for teachers. In 2017, PNLD spent R $1.3 billion (approximately US $400 million) to purchase more than 150 million textbooks for nearly 30 million students. Starting in 2019, the program will for the first time incorporate an open licensing requirement. 

Publisher push back against Research Gate
STM, a large publisher body, has indicated to the file sharing site that they have concerns the practices on the site. It has given ReseachGate a deadline by which to respond. Elsevier and ACS have noted they support this approach. The issue is that many files are uploaded in contravention of publishers copyright restrictions, usually by researchers who are unaware of what is acceptable. The next steps will be interesting to follow; at the least it may emphasis to researchers what happens when they do not retain copyright.

Further legal action against Sci-Hub
ACS and Elsevier are continuing their action against Sci-Hub, the illegal file sharing site. On this occasion ACS plans to ask search engines and internet service providers to make the site inaccessible. ACS is also requesting US$4.8M in damages


New Preprint services
The Centre for Open Science announced six new preprint services in late August - "INA-Rxiv, the preprint server of Indonesia; LISSA, an open scholarly platform for library and information science;  MindRxiv, a service for research on mind and contemplative practices; NutriXiv, a preprint service for the nutritional sciences; paleorXiv, a digital archive for Paleontology; and SportRxiv,"

ChemRxiv now accepting submissions
The American Chemical Society says the system is now available in a fully functioning Beta version and is aiming to post preprints within one to two business days of receipt.


The 9th annual COASP meeting took place on the 20th and 21st September. there was a rich set of tweets from the meeting, which featured many updates on the state of OA generally. Notable talks included one from the Wellcome Trust. Key themes were noted as collaboration, diversity, common infrastructure, efficiency, change and transformation.


Upcoming events in OA & scholarly publishing

Meetings and other events


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

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