Open science round-up: September 2022

Momentum around Open Science continued to build through September 2022. Jenice Goveas rounds up the latest news.

Open science round-up: September 2022

The month of September saw ripples of the US Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) policy, particularly on the other side of the Pacific, where Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council took a significant step towards Open Access. Dr Ginny Barbour, Director, Open Access Australasia gives us a glimpse of the positive developments in Australia and New Zealand:

“The August 25th announcement by the US White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) on public access to federally funded research, and the data behind that research, was met with a great deal of interest in the university sector and beyond in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand. Following on from the work that UNESCO is doing on the implementation of the UNESCO Open Science Recommendation, it is clear that there is considerable global impetus now for Open Access and Open Science.”

Australia’s two federally funded agencies, the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) – which funds health research – and the Australian Research Council (ARC), which funds all other research, from humanities to physics, have had Open Access policies since 2013. These policies were revised in 2018, but allowed a 12 month embargo. On September 20th, the NHMRC announced a substantial step forward by requiring that all NHMRC funded research will need to be made immediately Open Access at the time of first online publication with a CC-BY licence. The policy comes into effect immediately for all new grants awarded under guidelines issued on or after 20 September 2022 and from 1 Jan 2024 for other grants. It brings the NHMRC into line with cOAlition S, which the NHMRC has also just announced that it will be joining. There are a number of other Open Access initiatives in Australasia. The Australian Chief Scientist, Dr Cathy Foley, announced soon after she started in the role in 2021 that she wanted to see a national approach to Open Access in Australia and is currently developing that approach.

In Aotearoa New Zealand, where no national funders currently have Open Access policies, there is also new interest in Open Access, triggered by a report from the Office of the New Zealand Chief Science Advisor. That report, entitled The Future is Open: Intern report on Open Access publishing in Aotearoa laid out a number of possible options for Open Access in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Finally, a number of regional read and publish deals have been negotiated by the Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL). Open Access Australasia provides updates on Open Access in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand, including OA Week 2022 activities”.

Dr Ginny Barbour, Director, Open Access Australasia

Big stories in Open Science:

The Global International Open Access Week:

Plan S Journal Comparison Service Launched:

COARA releases Agreement on Reforming Research:

Doha to hold the Third Arab Open Access Forum:

Z- Library to be Blocked in France:

GigaByte wins the  2022 ALPSP Award for Innovation in Scholarly Publishing :

Experts Predict Asia likely to follow US on Open Access:

JISC Supports Implementation of UKRI Open Access Policy.

Project to Develop Institutional OA Publishing Models launched

Open Knowledge Network Roadmap report released:

Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing:

Peer Review Week Celebrated Globally:

Open Science Events and Opportunities:

Job Opportunities:

Our top ten open science reads from September:

  1. Academics contributing to books are risking their livelihoods
  2. Open Letter: Open Science Should Provide Support, not Impose Sanctions
  3. The Destiny of Articles When Pairing “Traditional”—With Open Access Sibling Journals
  4. This Woman Has Done More for Science Than Anyone Else in History
  5. Copyright is failing artists: Here’s what could replace it
  6. “Knock knock! Who’s there?” A study on scholarly repositories’ availability
  7. Preprints as a driver of open science: Opportunities for Southeast Asia
  8. How Will Academia Handle the Zero Embargo?
  9. Open Access Doesn’t Need APCs
  10. Veritas and Copyright: The Public Library in Peril

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