OER – Open Access doesn’t just apply to journal articles

Most university staff think of Open Access in terms of journals that make articles available without cost. Another type of OA publication is gaining the attention of students. Open educational resources (OERs) are free, openly licensed online learning materials that can supplement or even replace the need to purchase textbooks. Textbook costs have increased ahead … More OER – Open Access doesn’t just apply to journal articles

Knowledge Unlatched: supporting free access to scholarly content for every reader

Libraries and publishers are exploring new ways to make scholarly content available to the widest possible audience. Macquarie University Library supports Knowledge Unlatched (KU), an initiative aiming to deliver a sustainable open future for specialist scholarly books. What is Knowledge Unlatched? KU is a not-for-profit organisation established in 2012 with a goal of creating a sustainable route to Open Access (OA) for book-length publications by helping libraries share the costs of OA for professionally published scholarly books. An additional goal … More Knowledge Unlatched: supporting free access to scholarly content for every reader

OA, the monograph, and the humanities and social sciences

In a recent article about open access book publishing in the humanities and social sciences (HASS), an academic publishing company executive said: ‘…the growth rate is absolutely staggering, and I am seeing a momentum in this market now; it is really taking off. I would expect the number of HSS books that are open access to double … More OA, the monograph, and the humanities and social sciences

Creative Commons is for everyone – including researchers and academics

Creative Commons is a system of licensing that sits alongside Copyright Law and allows the legal use and reuse of media. When you see a Creative Commons license, it means that the copyright holder of that work has decided to share their work openly.   We encourage the use of CC licenses, not only because … More Creative Commons is for everyone – including researchers and academics

Creative licence: why music and creativity are worth sharing

Sharing ideas, and music or creative content, isn’t complicated. And you can cover off your copyright. There are advantages for your academic career, as well as the pleasure of knowing that there is a wide audience enjoying your output. The following interview with Dr Guy Morrow, formerly of MQ and now Lecturer in Arts and Cultural Management … More Creative licence: why music and creativity are worth sharing

Predatory publishers and how to avoid them

Jeffery Beall is at it again. His latest statement on social justice warrior librarians betraying the academy will no doubt lend more fuel to the fire for OA advocates. Beall and his work has inextricably linked Open Access journals with predatory publishers. They are by no means exclusive and are very separate facets to the … More Predatory publishers and how to avoid them

Events for International Open Access Week 2017

International Open Access Week 2017 kicks off next Monday 23rd October. Macquarie University Library has a number of events planned to celebrate and put a spotlight on the advantages of Open Access and Open Scholarship. Software is not just for Scientists – Tuesday 24th October 11am-12pm and Wed 25th October 1pm-2pm, both in Room M4.01 on Level … More Events for International Open Access Week 2017

Mozilla Science Lab

When someone mentions Mozilla your thoughts will probably immediately jump to this fiery little fox. You are also likely to be aware Firefox is an Open Source web browser, that before Google Chrome hit the scene, was every cool kids preferred way to surf the net. But did you know just how influential Mozilla is … More Mozilla Science Lab

Fair Open Access Principles for journals

That scholarly communication should be “Fair” is an increasingly common concept  for both data and research outputs more widely, including the F.A.I.R. framework which articulates a set of specific principles to enhance the discoverability, use and impact of Australia’s research outputs. This article by Mark Wilson & Alex Holcombe describes another specific use of Fair: the Fair Open Access Principles … More Fair Open Access Principles for journals

The Power of Open

International Open Access Week is a global, community-driven event promoting Open Access as the new default in scholarship and research. This year the celebration is held October 23-29 with the theme: “Open in Action.” Hashtags: #OAweek #OpenInOrderTo #mqOAweek The 2017 theme encourages everyone to take practical steps to make their own work more openly available … More The Power of Open

Open research data: “Intelligently” open (FAIR revisited)

So what’s FAIR? FAIR, published in March 2016, offers a set of guiding principles to make data Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Re-usable. Originally developed with data in mind, FAIR principles have since been widely adopted and are increasingly applicable to any type of research output.  FAIR principles are purposely not a standard, they are technologically … More Open research data: “Intelligently” open (FAIR revisited)