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Open Access Week: Points of view

Open Access is – unsurprisingly, perhaps – flavour of the week and the topic of much discussion.

The Conversation has several articles on the subject. Two recent discussions include Roxanne Missingham (University Librarian, ANU) on the impact of open access on the scholarly publishing industry and Martin Eve (Lecturer, University of Lincoln) responding to John Bohannon’s report on the failure of peer-review and editorial processes among some open-access journals.

Also, in the Guardian Peter Suber (Director of the Harvard Office for Scholarly Communication) addresses six myths about open-access publishing. Closer to home, the Thesis Whisperer hosts an interesting piece by Belinda Thompson (Menzies Centre for Health Policy, ANU) on why ‘grey literature’ is not open access.

Finally, staff and students at the University of Melbourne publish a number of open-access journals; find them here. And on a broader note, the Directory of Open Access Journals seeks to provide links to all peer-reviewed, open-access journals.

Open Access Week: October 21-27 2013

Open Access Week is a global event now entering its sixth year. It is an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they have learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new standard in scholarship and research.

Local events for Open Access Week 2013:

Further information about Open Access:

Open Access: UoM support for compliance requirements from Australian funding agencies

Earlier this year the two major Australian funding agencies NHMRC and ARC released new policies on Open Access. Some publications arising from research that they have funded must now be made available in open-access repositories. Researchers should make themselves familiar with these compliance requirements and the University has developed a program of works to assist.

More information can be found at:

Also, a brief video presentation from Professor Liz Sonenberg, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research Collaborations) and the Chair of the university’s Open Access Compliance Steering Committee can be found here.

Need to get serious about document version control?

The UK Data Archive have a useful Version Control and Authenticity webpage that provides best practice advice to ensure that different versions of files, files of different formats or in different locations, and information that is cross-referenced between files, are all subject to version control.

Note the Show Version Control Table – an example of a version control table, and the exercises on Applying Versioning in MS Word and How to Synchronise Folders.


Two forthcoming Publishing seminars from the MSGR Writing Centre

The Perfect Pitch: Pitching to Publishers

Learn how to put together the perfect pitch with Charles Salzberg, one of New York’s leading trainers in the publishing industry.
12 November, 10am-2pm, Yasuka Haraoka Myer Room, Lvl. 1, Sydney Asia Myer Centre.
Free event but booking is essential. Email to book.


Cracking the US Market: Getting Published in the States.

As the biggest book market in the world, the US market can be hard to crack. This seminar offers you an insider’s advice on how to get your work published in this lucrative market.
14 November, 10am-2pm, Yasuka Haraoka Myer Room, Lvl. 1, Sydney Asia Myer Centre.
Free event but booking is essential. Email to book.

The Myths of Open Access and the role of the Australian Open Access Support Group

On November 8 Victoria University will be hosting a presentation from Dr Danny Kingsley, Executive Officer of the Australian Open Access Support Group (AOASG). Danny will revisit the five major myths surrounding open access to tackle misconceptions around quality, lack of peer review, pay-to-publish models and the challenges of the copyright context. As part of her role to advocate for open access, Danny will introduce the recently formed AOASG along with an update on Australian open-access developments around mandates and compliance, followed by an outline of developments in open-access monograph publishing. The presentation will conclude with questions and a short forum, allowing participants to raise issues around open access. Attendees are encouraged to come with questions and to share their experiences with implementing open access.

Time: Friday 8 November 2013, 9.30am-11.15am
Venue: VU, City Campus, Level 12, Function room 3, 300 Flinders Street, Melbourne.
RSVP: by 30 October.

The presentation is part of Victoria University’s Open Access: Enhancing Research Visibility Forum, 7-8 November.

HelpMePublish App

© Matthew Trhuhovic, Zuma Web+Design Studio

The HelpMePublish iOS app is scheduled for release in October 2013. Designed and owned by the University of Otago, HelpMePublish aims to help researchers analyse and contribute to the publication of research. The app will provide databases on 13 major subject areas containing information on more than 6000 reputable academic journals provided by journal editors, subject experts and academic users. For more information, see the HelpMePublish website.

Workshop: An Insider’s Guide to Publishing Strategically in the Social Sciences

The University of Melbourne Library, in collaboration with Emerald Group Publishing limited, is hosting a workshop covering tips and ideas for getting published in a highly competitive research and publishing environment.

1. Guide to Getting Published – Associate Professor Helen Dickinson (Melbourne School of Government and co-editor of the Journal of Health Organisation and Management).
2. Marketing Your Paper – Vivienne Fox (Regional Manager/Vice President, Emerald Group Publishing Limited).
3. Library Support for Getting Published – Jennifer Warburton (University of Melbourne Library).

There will be an opportunity to ask questions on publishing academic research and the publishing industry.

Wednesday 18 September, 10:30 – 12 noon.
Morning tea from 10:15am.
Dulcie Hollyock Room, Baillieu Library (ground floor)
University of Melbourne, Parkville

Place limited: bookings essential.
Open to University of Melbourne staff and postgraduate students. Please book by Tuesday 17 September.

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