Progress and Policies Reach a Pivitol Point as We Observe OA Week

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

One of the many joys of OA Week is the opportunity to reflect on the movement’s progress. It has been a watershed year for Open Access advocates as evidenced by the surge of momentum since last year. Just this week a new study published in BMC Medicine shows that ...

Research cut stirs university divisions

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

The Federal government's $500 million cut in research funds has driven a wedge into the sector, pitting the student access and expansion agenda against the research funding that drives global rankings for elite research universities. Group of Eight chairman and University of NSW vice-chancellor Fred Hilmer has slammed the delay in ...

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 ...

Research blogs

Friday, October 12th, 2012

Assorted research blog links at :- http://www.guardian.co.uk/higher-education-network/higher-education-network-blog/2012/oct/10/higher-education-blog-directory-research?newsfeed=true source: The Guardian - Higher Education Network (10/10/12)

Knowledge mobilisers: putting research into practice (and policy)

Friday, October 12th, 2012

Earlier this year on the Higher Education Network, I introduced knowledge mobilisation as a university-based process that connects academic social sciences and humanities research to non-academic decision makers to inform decisions about public policy and professional practice, enhance social innovation and develop sustainable solutions to social, environmental, economic and cultural ...

Research funding pays off as Australian unis power ahead in rankings

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Research funding has never been more important to Australian universities say experts, after Australia gained ground in the annual Times Higher Education World University Rankings. The University of Melbourne remains Australia’s number one institution in the rankings, and leapt from 37th to 28th, widening its lead on second-placed Australian National University, ...

Journal Research Data Policy Bank (JoRD)

Friday, September 21st, 2012

JoRD will shed light on the policies devised by academic publishers to promote linkage between journal articles and underlying research data. This initiative, is funded by JISC as part of its Digital Infrastructure Programme; it runs from July to December 2012. This work is being carried out by the Centre for ...

Stealth fighters rail against concentration on the quiet

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Brickbats for additional £10 million in open-access cash aimed at big boys. Paul Jump writes Restricting extra government funding for open-access publishing to 30 research-intensive universities is another example of "research concentration by stealth", smaller institutions have complained. Ministers last week pledged an additional £10 million after vocal disquiet from some Russell ...

RSC ahead of the game in supporting transition to Open Access

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

Yet again the RSC has demonstrated its foresight in the world of scientific publishing. To support the transition to Open Access (OA), the RSC recently pledged £1 million to aid UK chemical science researchers to publish 'Open Access' papers in RSC journals. This gesture has now been followed by the UK ...

Announcing the PLOS Global Participation Initiative

Monday, September 10th, 2012

PLOS is pleased to announce a program to increase the global participation of authors in open-access publishing. On September 4th, 2012, we launched the PLOS Global Participation Initiative, which aims to encourage submissions from researchers around the world who may previously have been prevented or limited in their ability to ...