Open Access Week 2017

Open Access – What is it & how can it help me? The Library will again be hosting events for International Open Access Week, 23-29 October 2017. Library staff will answer any burning questions you have about Open Access, including questions on researching, teaching, publishing and creating. Program to be advised – watch this space! Advertisements

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

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