What is open access and why should we care?

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

The issue of open access to research findings has been in the media for a number of reasons lately, some positive – the release of the Australian Research Council’s (ARC) open access policy – and some tragic – the recent death of open internet advocate Aaron Swartz. But what is open ...

Free for all: ARC-funded research now open to the public

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

The Australian Research Council (ARC) is the largest funder of basic science and humanities research in Australia. So when the ARC talks, academics listen. And now the ARC has announced that articles resulting from research they fund should be freely available for all to read, within 12 months of the articles' ...

How to get ‘Open Access’ into your publishing contract

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Negotiating a publishing contract can be difficult at the best of times. However, now that grant funding bodies such as the NHMRC are making it a requirement that resulting research publications be made publically available on open access, the negotiations around the publishing contract becomes even more important. To make the ...

ARC likely to compel open access publishing

Monday, October 15th, 2012

THE Australian Research Council is gearing up for a mandatory open access policy to bring it into line with the health and medical funding agency, chief executive Aidan Byrne says. "I think we are heading to a regime where both of the major funding institutions in Australia will have an open-access ...

A Push Grows Abroad for Open Access to Publicly Financed Research

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

Researchers, publishers, and librarians have spent a lot of this year firing up the longstanding debate over access to published research. You've probably heard the big questions: Who gets to see the results of work the public helps pay for, when should they get to see it, and who's going ...

Open access not as simple as it sounds: outgoing ARC boss

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

"After almost five years at the helm of the Australian Research Council (ARC), Margaret Sheil will this week step down to take up the position of Provost at the University of Melbourne. Professor Sheil has enjoyed a long career in academia, including a 17-year stint at the University of Wollongong, ...

SciVerse Scopus to be Citation Provider for ERA 2012

Monday, September 12th, 2011

'Australian Research Council (ARC) Chief Executive Officer, Professor Margaret Sheil, today announced Elsevier’s SciVerse Scopus as the successful tenderer to provide citation information for the next round of the Australian Government’s Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) initiative. “ERA is a world-class research ...

Research results raise concerns

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

'LESS than one-third of universities were at world standard in some of the disciplines evaluated in the recent audit of research quality. But analyst Frank Larkins's crunching of Excellence in Research for Australia results also revealed , in six of the 25 disciplines, 80 per cent ...

About ERA 2012

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

A presentation by the Australian Research Council (ARC) at University of Canberra on 8th July, 2011. View Presentation

The ARC and Research Evaluation Committees

Monday, June 20th, 2011

Source: The Australian Author: Stephen Matchett 'Only a pessimist would suggest the ARC’s new measure of research excellence, which relies on expert committees, coud be as controversial as the journal ranking it replaces. So here goes. Readers will remember that under the old system a committee of discipline experts ranked ...