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Open Access

Your guide to making your research outputs FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reuseable).

Australian OA movement

Funder Mandates

Two of Australia’s major research funding bodies —the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and the Australian Research Council (ARC) have both have open access policies for research outputs

The University of Tasmania’s Open Access Repository (OAR) and eCite repository (ERA research outputs prior to 2017) comply with these new policies.

FAIR Access to Australian research

The FAIR Access Policy statement describes the Universities Australia commitment to making Australian publicly funded research outputs Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reuseable (FAIR) by 2020.

The Conversation on Open Access

The Conversation is an independent source of news and views, sourced from the academic and research community and delivered direct to the public.  Topics posted are numerous and varied and open access is among them quite often.  

Back in the beginning...

Budapest Open Access Initiative, 2002 & reaffirmed 2012

Public statement of OA principles including:

  • deposit as early as possible, ideally at time of acceptance, and no later than the date of publication

Bethesda Statement, April 2003

Meeting at Maryland of 24 international participants - funders, scientists, publishers, librarians; statement on OA drafted by Peter Suber with goal of providing OA to primary scientific literature as rapidly and efficiently as possible.

OA publication defined as:

  • Copyright holder granting the right of access to, and a license to copy, use, distribute, transmit and display the work publicly and to make and distribute derivative works… subject to proper attribution
  • A complete version of the work ... in an appropriate standard electronic format is deposited ... in at least one online repository ... that seeks to enable open access, unrestricted distribution, inter operability, and long-term archiving
  • States variant responsibilities of institutions and funding agencies, libraries and publishers, scientists and scientific societies for achieving OA

Berlin Declaration, October 2003

  • Mission of disseminating knowledge - only half complete if information is not made widely and readily available to society
  • Definition of an Open Access Contribution consistent with Bethesda Statement
  • Applies to original scientific research results, raw data and metadata, source materials, digital representations of pictorial and graphical materials and scholarly multimedia material

International OA Developments

Science Europe, cOAlition S

What is cOAlition S?

On 4 September 2018, a group of national research funding organisations, with the support of the European Commission and the European Research Council (ERC), announced the launch of cOAlition S, an initiative to make full and immediate Open Access to research publications a reality. It is built around Plan S, which consists of one target and 10 principles 

Responses to Plan S

Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR), 2010

Mission to enhance the visibility and application ore research outputs though a global structure of open access repositories, based on international collaboration and interoperability.

Finch Report, 2012

Fundamental shift in how research is published and disseminated; how to achieve better, faster access to research publications – should embrace transition to OA and accelerate process e.g. by

  • Clear policy in support of publication in OA or hybrid journals as main vehicle for publication of research [support for gold OA]
  • Key funding bodies should establish more effective & flexible arrangements to meet costs of publishing in OA & hybrid journals
  • Policies to minimise restrictions on right of use and re-use

National Institutes of Health Plan for Increasing Access to Scientific Publications and Digital Scientific Data from NIH Funded Scientific Research February 2015

This document describes NIH’s plans to build upon and enhance its longstanding efforts to increase access to scholarly publications and digital data resulting from NIH-funded research.

Joint COAR-UNESCO Statement on Open Access, 2016

The statement is aimed at policy makers and underscores the need for a variety of OA models to be implemented around the world, especially to mitigate costs from Article Processing Charges (APCs) imposed by some OA journals.

HEFCE 2021

The four UK higher education funding bodies introduced an open-access requirement from the Research Excellence Framework in 2014.  This has been updated in 2016.